How can I deploy XP SP2/SP3 images using MDT and WDS? (Best Practices)
Posted on 2009-07-14
I am currently deploying my XP images to a high school campus via WDS, using legacy RIS images, and am looking for a "cleaner" solution. I have been somewhat unsuccessful in using MDT to create a custom image, and then deploying it using WDS. Currently, I have approximately 10 different Dell workstation models on my campus. I have seperate RIS images for each based on their HAL. It works OK, but every year I have to redo them all (updates, service packs, etc.)
This is what I'd like to accomplish: (Is it possible?)
1) I visit each computer on campus, and PXE boot to WDS. Select the correct image, and enter only the machine name. Other information should all be automated (activation code, admin password, etc.). (Would there still have to be seperate images for each workstation model, or is MDT smart enought to install model specific drivers, etc.?)
2) The computer shoudl auto-join the domain.
3) The process should be totally automated (other than entering the machine name at the start). I would like to avoid answering questions regarding partitions, etc. Every machine should be totally wiped, and the operating system re-installed. Can this all be automated using unattend.txt or similar?
4) Hopefully, it's possible to include future updates, service packs, etc. into the images without having to do everything over.
Any help would be greatly appreciated! Also, if this isn't the best way to accomplish my goals, any other suggestions would be great!