After installing the required software, we need to configure MDT 2013. You need:
- Windows Server 2008 R2 ISO
- VMware Tools for Windows ISO or a Server with VMware Tools installed
The deployment share
First of all we have to create a deployment share. This file share is used to access the software, drivers etc. during the deployment phase. Just start the Deployment Workbench, that can be found in the start menu. Right click the menu item “Deployment Shares” and click “New Deployment Share”.
The “New Deployment Share Wizard” will assist you. Just follow the wizard… Because I have a dedicated volume for the deployment stuff, I set the path to drive D:\.
The share ends with a $-sign. This is the default setting and it will make the share a hidden share. If you don’t want to use a hidden share, delete the $-sign at the end of the share name.
Enter an appropriate description. I simply accepted the default setting.
You can choose the behaviour of the deployment wizard by enabling or disabling the checkboxes. I disabled all checkboxes except the image capturing.
The next screen will show you the summary of the settings. Clicking on “Next” will start the creation of the share.
You can view the PowerShell script by clicking on the “View Script” button. This will open a notepad with the PowerShell command line. You can use this script to create the share on another server. Just run the script. Very handy.
Import the OS images
After finishing this step, the deployment share is available. Now we have to import the OS images. You have to extract the Windows 2008 R2 ISO. After that, right click the menu item “Operating Systems” and choose “Import Operating System”.
The “Import Operating System Wizard” will appear.
Select the first item from the list and point to the directory with the extracted Windows 2008 R2 ISO.
Specify an appropriate name for the directory entry.
Clicking on “Next” will lead you to the summary screen. Again clicking on “Next” starts the import.
As you can see, the import added all versions of Windows 2008 R2 that are available on the DVD: Standard, Enterprise, Datacenter, each as Full and Core. You can remove versions you don’t need.
Now we have to import the drivers. For this step you need a VM with installed VMware Tools or a VMware Tools DVD. VMware KB1011710 and KB2032184 describe the procedure to extract the drivers. Because my MDT server is a VM, I can simply import the drivers. This drivers will be used for the Windows PE enviroment and for the OS deployment. This doesn’t install the VMware Tools, only the drivers will be injected.
Right click “Out-of-the-Box Drivers” and choose the item “Import Drivers”.
Point to the directory with the drivers and click “Next”.
Go ahead in the summary screen by click on “Next”.
You can ignore the warnings. Some 32-bit drivers are included. The 32-bit driver PVSCSI can be found on the “pvscsi-Windows2008.flp”. You can download the via WinSCP from a ESXi host. The 32-bit driver for VMXNET3 and SVGA is included and will be used for the Windows PE x86 image.
In the next article I will show how a task sequence and a VMware Tools package is created. Then we will be ready to deploy our Windows 2008 R2 VM via MDT 2013.
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