Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2012 system requirements & suggestions
Posted on 2012-08-23
I'm building a solution for our company to use for imaging/building new computers. We only image/build 2 or 3 computers a day on average, with 90% of those being rebuilds of existing computers (to assign to another employee usually) with less than 1 new computer/month coming in. I'm planning to use MDT 2012, WAIK, & WDS, & whatever else is required for a solution made up of these main components. It’s been years since I did any bulk computer builds/imaging so I need to get up to speed with the latest methodologies.
I like the idea of using the Models profiles in MDT to help create a sort of "Build-a-Burger" type system where we could simply make a few selections and have a computer built with custom applications selected to be installed and it will know what device drivers to install based on the Model selected. I think this is referred to as the Light Touch Experience, I think. I’d really like to find a video that roughly walks through the process of capturing/building/configuring an image (if images are still used these days) and deploying it using these tools I’ve mentioned.
With this solution we'll be deploying Windows 7 32 & 64-bit machines mostly with an XP machine here and there I'm guessing. Here are my questions for now to help me get started:
1) How are images managed; images are still used, right? Will I have an image for each computer model? I want to minimize the storage space requirements for this solution but I want to have plenty of functionality so I won't sacrifice too much to save space.
2) How much disk space do I need for the Windows Server 2008 R2 server I'm building to host MDT? I figure we’ll be managing about 20 different computer models, almost all Dell & a few Panasonic Toughbooks.
3) Any other info you want to throw in regarding what might be helpful for me to know as I plan and build this solution?