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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

 

Configuration:

 

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

add_os_install_package.jpg

 

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

 

eg:

\\WIN-AE2V1IRN067\iso\Server 2008

 

install_package.jpg

 

fill in the details

 

server_package_details.jpg

 

click next and review the summary and then click close

 

server_package_details_done.jpg

 

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.

 

new_dist_for_install_package.jpg

 

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

 

new_dist.jpg

 

click close when done.

 

dist_done.jpg

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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.

 

import_task_sequence.jpg

 

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

 

server_ts.jpg

 

fill in the general details, click next...

 

general_details.jpg

 

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.

 

eg:

\\WIN-AE2V1IRN067\captures\server2008.wim

 

details.jpg

 

 

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),

 

32boot.jpg

 

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.

 

mdtserverfiles.jpg

 

fill in the details...

 

mdtserverdetails.jpg

 

 

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

 

specify_existing_install_package.jpg

 

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

 

browse_for_installation_package.jpg

 

click next when ready

 

specify_existing_install_package_selected.jpg

 

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

 

client_package.jpg

 

 

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

 

eg:

\\WIN-AE2V1IRN067\MDTserverSettings

 

 

mdtserversettings.jpg

 

 

fill in the descriptive details

 

server_settings.jpg

 

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.

 

creating.jpg

 

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

 

mdtserverfiles.jpg

 

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

 

mdtserversettings_explored.jpg

 

 

 

continue to >> Part 2

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