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Please note that this guide is designed to get you Deploying Windows Server 2008 with SCCM in a LAB Environment as quickly as possible. This guide is provided as is, if you find any errors please report them in the forums.




In a production environment please consult Technet for best practise, see below links:


Operating System Deployment:


Operating System Deployment in Configuration Manager

Overview of Operating System Deployment




System Center Configuration Manager 2007


Best Practices:


Configuring Configuration Manager Sites for Best Performance

Checklist for Security Best Practices

Best Practices for Central and Primary Site Hardware and Software Configuration

Best Practices for Operating System Deployment







Add new Operating System Install Package



We will make an Operating System install package, this package will contain the files necessary to support the installation of the Windows Server 2008.


In SCCM ConfigMgr expand the Operating System Deployment node and select Operating System Install Package from the list of available options., right click and choose Add Operating System Install Package



point to the UNC path of the root of our Windows Server 2008 DVD (which we copied to a network share earlier)



\\WIN-AE2V1IRN067\iso\Server 2008




fill in the details




click next and review the summary and then click close




now that we've added this package, we again need to distribute it to our distribution point, however we will add it only to the normal distribution point and not the pxe one.


Expand the Operating System Install Package node we've just added, right click on Distribution Points and choose New Distribution Points.




click next when the wizard appears and select the first of the two dist points, then next again




click close when done.



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Import new Task Sequence


In the Operating System Deployment node of ConfigMgr, select Task Sequence, right-click and choose Import Microsoft Deployment Task Sequence from the options


Note: This guide was written when MDT 2008 was the current version, since then MDT 2010 has been released and Microsoft has reworded Import Microsoft Deployment Task Sequence to Create Microsoft Deployment Task Sequence.




when the wizard appears select Server task sequence from the drop down menu and click next,




fill in the general details, click next...




on the next screen you need to fill in the workgroup or domain joining details (I chose to join the w2k8 domain), plus provide details of a user with that permission, and enter your product key, in addition you must specify the UNC path of where to store the captured WIM file which we will call server2008.wim.








for boot image you can specify which one you require by clicking on the Browse button and selecting the boot.wim file that we created earlier (32 bit boot.wim),




Next we will create the MDT server source files package (which will contain all of the scripts and supporting files needed for the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit).



In explorer, create an empty folder called MDTserverfiles and share it.




fill in the details...





on the OS Image screen, choose to Specify an existing OS install package




click on the Browse button and select the Server 2008 installation Package we created earlier




click next when ready




for the client package we can specify the one we created earlier from a predefined package





Settings Package


next we will create the Settings package (Contains the unattend.xml file used for an automated installation of Windows Server 2008 as well as the customsettings.ini file used with the Microsoft Deployment

Toolkit), so create a folder in explorer called MDTserverSettings and share it as MDTserverSettings


click on create a new settings package and browse to our network share









fill in the descriptive details




For the Sysprep Package, choose No Sysprep Files required, and click Next, at this point it will create/update all package and settings we specified.




when copying is complete, you can now browse the MDT Server files and MDT Server Settings folders we created and then shared, they are now populated with files




and here is where our customisations will be stored...






continue to >> Part 2

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