MDT 2010 Deploying from network share

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If I am deploying systems from a network share can I kick off more than one at a time?

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Mike ThomasConsultant
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Yes you should be able to do this no problem.

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Have you done this previously? Or are you sure it will work? I have a couple of live computers I need to refresh so I dont want to test this out on them.

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Yes I have done it before, but I would get some test machines so that you can iron out any issues before you blow away live boxes.

As is the case with most things IT you always have some snagging to do, and i would not want to advise that you do that on live machines.

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Yes, this can be done and MDT is designed for such mass deployment. You can even take the advantage of "Multicast" if you have WDS (Windows Deployment Service) in your Windows 2008 Server.

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jibu

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Great. Just to hook in another quesstion (not sure if this ok to do but anyway) since you mentioned it. if I have WDS on a windows 2008 member server does that server also need to have DHCP install if I have another machine hosting DHCP and DNS?
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DHCP can be installed on another server. Here are the requirement for WDS:

AD DS. A Windows Deployment Services server must be either a member of an AD DS domain or a domain controller for an AD DS domain. The AD DS domain and forest versions are irrelevant; all domain and forest configurations support Windows Deployment Services.
DHCP. You must have a working DHCP server with an active scope on the network because Windows Deployment Services uses PXE, which relies on DHCP for IP addressing.
DNS. You must have a working DNS server on the network before you can run Windows Deployment Services.
NTFS volume. The server running Windows Deployment Services requires an NTFS file system volume for the image store.
Credentials. To install the role, you must be a member of the Local Administrators group on the server. To initialize the server, you must be a member of the Domain Users group. For more information about this, see Required Permissions (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=115301).

Windows Deployment Services Getting Started Guide Link : http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc771670(WS.10).aspx#BKMK_InstallingWDS

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Jibu

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Think this deserves a shared score.

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Just a comment on this. I tried to deploy two computers and during the USM of both one got to the point of copying data and just completely stopped the whole deployment process.

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Is it "USMT" process??

Can you submit the log files: bdd.log and USMTcapture.log ?

rgds,

Jibu

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