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How to install MDT 2013 on a Windows 2008R2 Server for Windows7 deployment .

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Hi

I am planning to migrate 300 PCs in our network from XP to windows 7. For this I will wipe the XP completely and build a fresh Window 7 PC with all application and push the image to the deployment server and back to all the PCs in the network.

I have a Windows 2008 R2 server which is a print server at the moment and planning to install MDT 2013 on this server to. Do I need to install WAIK 7 after installing MDT 2013?

If so please provide me a link to download WAIK 7.Also FYI  we don’t have any plans of installing window 8 on our network.

Will there be any problem installing MDT on a print server.

Any suggestions much appreciated.
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Yes you will need the WAIK
Windows 7 Automated Installation Kit
Windows 7 SP1 WAIK update (copy over the original files)

fresh Window 7 PC with all application  I don't recommend this at all. I am not a fan of FAT images, I use the minimum image (if at all) What I do are a bunch of task sequences that install the software individually on each pc all automated.  You can do a refresh/inplace upgrade of Windows XP to windows 7 using the MDT tools.  This way if something gets updated I don't have to create new images

The deployment workbench doesn't use much ram or cpu.. updating images and other image servicing is a bit disk intensive though.  Always prepare your images using virtual machines (hyper-v/Vmware) to eliminate hardware dependancies

Johann Ardivark and Michael Neuhaus and other Deployment Blogs
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Hi David

Please post me as how to prepare the images using virtual machines using (hyper-v/Vmware) to eliminate hardware dependencies.
Thanks
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use the boot images in the \\deploymentshare$\boot iso files to boot into
Litetouch iso's
my customsettings.ini
[Settings]
Priority=Default
Properties=MyCustomProperty

[Default]
OSInstall=Y
SkipCapture=NO
SkipAdminPassword=YES
SkipProductKey=YES
SkipComputerBackup=NO
SkipBitLocker=YES
SkipLocale=YES
SkipBitlocker=YES
TimeZoneName=Eastern Standard Time
UserLocale=en-CA
SkipBDDWelcome=YES
EventService=http://davidjohnson-w8:9800
_SMSTSOrgName=Ultimate Solution

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My bootstrap.ini
[Settings]
Priority=Default

[Default]
DeployRoot=\\DAVIDJOHNSON-W8\DeploymentShare$
SkipBDDWelcome=YES
UserID=myusername
UserPassword=mysupersecretpassword
SkipBDDWelcome=YES 

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