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using vNext in a LAB - Part 10. Deploying Windows 7 Enterprise

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In Part 1. of this series we Installed vNext.

In Part 2., we then Configured vNext to use the New AD Site as a boundary and Configured Discovery Methods in vNext.

In Part 3, we installed the Reporting Point Role along with some additional roles and configured them.

In Part 4 we configured the client Agents and deployed the vNext Client.

In Part 5 we deployed an Application to All Users.

In Part 6 we added Windows Deployment Services, added the PSP role, added the Windows 7 Enterprise image, and updated our boot image for Deploying Windows 7.

In Part 7 we created our Build and Capture Task Sequence, enabled the Network Access Account, Advertised (Deployed) the Task Sequence, and created a new hyper-v virtual machine for capturing the wim on.

In Part 8 we installed WSUS and then the SUP and SLP roles.

In Part 9 we configured SUP and deployed some updates.


Now we want to deploy our captured Windows 7 image using a separate Deploy Windows 7 Task Sequence.


Step 1. Import the Captured Image


In Software Librady, Expand Operating Systems, and right click on Operating System Images, choose Add Operating System image


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fill in some details about your master image




and click Close at the confirmation screen




Browse to the previously captured WIM file


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Fill in some details about the image


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and proceed with the wizard through to the confirmation screen, click close when done.


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Step 2. Distribute the image to Distribution Points


Highligh our newly created image and right click, choose Distribute Content


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click on the Add drop down menu and choose Distribution Points




as this is not a boot image, select only the standard DP's


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Click Ok and OK again.



Step 3. Create the USMT 4 Package


In Application Management, right click on Packages and choose Create




Fill in details about the USMT package, and for source, point to the following path C:\Program Files\Windows AIK\Tools\USMT


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Choose Create No Program for this package as none is required


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click next at the summary screen and click close at the confirmation


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Note: Don't forget to Distribute your USMT package to your Distribution Points, to do so follow the way we did above for distributing the Operating System Image (click on Distribute Content and follow the wizard).


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Step 4. Create the Deploy Windows 7 X64 Task Sequence


Right Click on Task Sequences and choose Create, Task Sequence


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choose the first item, Install an existing image package


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fill in details about our image and select the X64 boot image by clicking on Browse


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on the Install the Windows Operating System image screen appears, click browse


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select our image


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make sure to select the option Always use the same Administrator Password (useful for troubleshooting failed deployments, can be changed later via a script or gpo)


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for Configure The Network, select your domain and enter a user with permissions to join the Domain (domjoin)


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click on browse and select our Configuration Manager Client package we created earlier


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for State Migration select our USMT 4 package which we created above by clicking on browse


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for updates in the image, choose All Software Updates


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for applications don't select any for now !


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click next at the summary, review the progress and close at the confirmation


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Step 5. Deploy (advertise) the Task Sequence to the Unknown Computers Collection


Highlight our newly created Deploy task sequence, right click and choose Deploy


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when the wizard appears, browse for the All Unknown Computers collection, and make sure to place a checkmark in Make this task sequence available to boot media and PXE


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leave the schedule as it is (optional), click next, set the distribution point settings as follows


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click next through Interaction, Summary, review the progress and finally click close at the confirmation.


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Step 6. Create a new hyperV virtual machine


Follow these steps to create a new HyperV virtual machine, called Windows 7 Client #2.


Once created, start the VM and PXE boot it




at the welcome to Task Sequence wizard click next


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and select our Deploy Windows 7 X64 Enterprise Task Sequence from the menu and click next


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the deployment begins


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formatting the disc takes a while (we'll fix that later)


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and now we see our captured image is getting applied to our VM


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applies drivers


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then we see the setup windows and configmgr step (involves a reboot)

and after the reboot Setup is updating ...


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after another reboot...


the Setup and Windows and configmgr step continues and installs the configmgr client..


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and now our Install Software Updates step takes over


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and then we are done



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