Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT 2013) Basic Windows 10 Deployment

To start – I’m using Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard in Hyper-V.  You need to use Server if you want to utilize Windows Deployment Services for PXE boot.  You will also need to have DHCP and DNS in your environment.  It will be best if DHCP and DNS are not hosted on the server you will be using for MDT and WDS.

Boot up your Server:

OSD Geek Desktop

You will need to download the MDT setup and the ADK setup files.  They are provided for free from Microsoft:

Download Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2013 Update 2.

Download Windows 10 ADK.

Installing Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2013 Update 2

Once you’ve downloaded the setup files, launch the MDT setup:

4 Downloaded Files

The install wizard will open.  Click Next.

7 MDT Installer

Accept the License Terms.

8 MDT Installer

Accept the Defaults on “Custom Setup” and select Next.

9 MDT Installer

Select “I don’t want to join the program at this time.” Select Next.

10 MDT Installer

Select “Install” to complete your installation. Click Finish when done.

11 MDT Installer

Installing Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit

Now: launch the adksetup.exe file to install Windows 10 ADK.

On the “Specify Location” screen, accepts the defaults and hit Next.

16 ADK Installer

Make your selection on “Windows Kits Privacy” and hit Next.

17 ADK Installer

Accept the License Agreement.

18 ADK Installer

On “Select the features you want to install” check:
Deployment Tools
Windows Preinstallation Environment (Windows PE)
Imaging and Configuration Designer (ICD)
User State Migration Tool (USMT)
Windows Performance Toolkit

Select Install.

19 ADK Installer

Let setup download and install the files.  Click close when it’s completed.

21 ADK Install Complete

Create Deployment Share Locations

MDT will create Deployment Share Folders for you when you create a new Share, but I like to setup my own folders and shares manually.  Open Windows Explorer, and create a folder structure somewhere you’ll remember.  In my example, I created a the directory “MDT Shares” in the C:\.  I then created my actual storage locations as Subdirectories within.  I’m using “Deploythis” as the name of my folder.

Right-Click and pull up the Properties for your folder.  Click on “Sharing” and “Advanced Sharing”.  Select “Share this folder” and add a “$” to the name.  Mine becomes “Deploythis$”.  Make sure that “Everyone” has read permissions in sharing.

Click on “Security” and make sure that Domain Admins has Modify rights.

24 Configure Sharing Permissions

Configuring MDT

If you search for “Deploy” from your Start Menu, you’ll see “Deployment Workbench”.  This is the MMC that we use to interact with MDT and our Shares.

68 Open WDS

When you first open the Deployment Workbench, things will be pretty sparse:

22 MDT Open Deployment Workbench

Let’s create a Deployment Share using the folder we created.  In the right pane, select “New Deployment Share”

25 New Deployment Share

In “Deployment share path:” type the path to your shared folder or use Browse to select it.  (Mine was C:\MDT Shares\Deploythis).  Click Next.  Click Next again on Share because we’ve already shared our folder and set permissions.

27 Share path

Give your Deployment Share a Descriptive Name.  This is what you’ll use to identify your share in Deployment Workbench.  I’ve simply named mine “DeployThis”

28 Descriptive Name

Deselect all items on the “Options” screen.  Click Next through the remaining screens to complete the wizard.

29 Set Options

Now you can see your deployment share listed under “Deployment Shares” using the Descriptive Name you assigned, as well as the folder’s path.  Expand your Share by click on the arrow just to it’s left.

30 Deployment Share

Importing Windows 10 into MDT

Make sure you have a copy of Windows 10.  I’ve had no luck using the ISO files generated with the Media Creation Tool, so I download my ISO files directly from the Volume License Service Center.

Mount your ISO in File Explorer.  If you’re using Server 2012 R2, all you need to do is double-click your ISO and it will mount it in a Virtual Drive for you.

In Deployment Workbench, Right-Click on “Operating Systems” under your Deployment Share, and select “Import Operating System”

31 Import OS

Select “Full set of source files” on the OS Type screen.  Click Next.

32 Import OS

On the Source page: Input the path to your Windows 10 Install Media – Or use Browse to locate it using File Explorer.  I’ve extracted the contents of the ISO file, so I typed the path to the folder containing those contents.

33 Import OS

On Destination: Give your OS a Descriptive Name so that you can identify it.

34 Import OS

Click Next through the remaining Wizard screens until it’s completed.  Close the Wizard.  You will now see your Windows 10 listed under Operating Systems.

Basic Out-of-Box Driver Folder Structure

In Deployment Workbench, right-click on “Out-of-Box Drivers” and create New Folder.  Create a folder structure to easily organize drivers per Model and Manufacturer.  I like to create a “WinPE” drivers folder with a subfolder for each Manufacturer under it.  Then I create another Parent folder for each Operating System.  Under that, I create a folder for each Model of machine I’m deploying to.  This is what mine looks like.  We’re not going to delve into Driver Management in this tutorial, but I’ll cover that soon.

37 OOB Driver Folders

If you’re going to test deploying to actual workstations, make sure you download the drivers for them.

You’ll need the WinPE 10 Driver Pack for the Manufacturer of your Machine.  Then you’ll want to download the Windows 10 x64 driver pack for each model of machine you have.  You’ll need to place each driver pack in it’s own folder before you can import them into MDT.  HP and Lenovo give you self-extracting archives that you must extract into the folder you desire on your computer.  Dell gives you CAB files that you simply place into a folder.

Once you have your drivers extracted and placed into a folder for each driver pack (Dell WinPE in 1 folder – Dell Latitude E5450 in 1 folder – Latitude E5470 in 1 folder, etc) you’ll right click on the corresponding Out-of-Box Driver folder and choose import drivers.  Simply point the wizard at the folder on your machine where you placed that driver pack, select to import duplicate drivers, and choose next to let the wizard complete.

Dell Driver Packs

HP Driver Packs

Lenovo Driver Packs

Create a Task Sequence

Task Sequences are the meat and potatoes of MDT.  They define the actions that you want taken.  For now, we’ll create a basic Task Sequence to deploy Windows 10 to machines.

Right-Click on “Task Sequences” and select “New Task Sequence”.

38 Task Sequence

The Wizard will open.  Give your Task Sequence an ID and a Name.  Click Next.

39 Task Sequence

Select “Standard Client Task Sequence” and Click Next.

40 Task Sequence

Select your Windows 10 Operating System and click Next.

41 Task Sequence

For the purposes of this demonstration, we’ll use “Do not specify a product key at this time”.  If you’re deploying production machines, you’ll want to obtain your MAK key from the Microsoft Volume License Service Center and enter it in the “Specify a multiple activation key (MAK key) for activating this operating system.”  Once you enter your MAK, you’ll notice a red warning icon next to the key.  Just click on the Wizard screen a couple times and it will go away.  Click Next.

42 Task Sequence

On “OS Settings” you have to specify an Organization.  Set the other fields as you desire and click Next.

43 Task Sequence

Choose to “Use the specified local Administrator password.” for now and enter your desired local admin password in both fields.  Click Next.

44 Task Sequence

Click Next through the remaining screens of the Wizard and close it when completed.

Set Deployment Share Rules and WinPE Options

Right-Click on your Deployment Share and choose “Properties”.

47 DeployShare Properties

The Properties window will appear.  In the General Tab, let’s remove the check next to x86 under “Platforms Supported” since we imported Windows 10 x64 only.

48 Deploy Share Properties

The Rules Tab is where you can easily configure your customsettings.ini properties and your Bootstrap.ini properties.  This is what it currently looks like.  Replace the rules with the options below the screenshot.

49 Deploy Share Rules

These rules will tell the LiteTouch Deployment Wizard to skip several screens such as Language and Time selections to make for a quicker deployment.  There are several options that can be set here.  I will cover more at a later date.  DeploymentBunny and MDTGuy have some incredible documentation about customsettings.ini.


TimeZoneName=Pacific Standard Time
_SMSTSOrgName=Running %TaskSequenceID% on %OSDComputername%

Note – the last 3 options for Drivers will only function correctly if you setup your driver folders like mine and named the Machine Model folders exactly as WMI reports them.  You can run this simple command from Command Prompt to find your model:

wmic computersystem get model

Now that we’ve set our Rules, Click on “Edit Bootstrap.ini” to open the file in Notepad.  Replace the contents with the information below the screenshot.

50 Deploy Share Bootstrap


DeployRoot=\\SERVERNAME\Deploythis$ (Replace with UNC Path for your share)

Click File and Save in the Notepad Menu.  Then Close Notepad.

Next, Move onto the Windows PE tab.  When it first opens, the Platform with be x86.  Remove the checkbox next to “Generate a Lite Touch bootable ISO image.  Change the Platform to x64.  I like to set my “Scratch space size” at 512.

51 WinPE Settigns

Click on the Monitoring Tab.  Select “Enable monitoring for this deployment share”.  Click “Apply” and “OK” to close the Properties Window.

52 Monitoring

Update Deployment Share to generate Boot Media

In Deployment Workbench, right-click on your Deployment Share and choose “Update Deployment Share”.

64 Update MDT Share

Select all the defaults and click next through each screen.

65 Update MDT Share66 Update MDT Share67 Update MDT Share

Install the Windows Deployment Services Role on your Server

Open Server Manager.  On the dashboard, choose “Add roles and features”.

53 Add WDS Role

Click next through the first three pages of the wizard.

On the “Select server roles” page, scroll down and select “Windows Deployment Services”

57 Add WDS

Click on “Add Features”

58 Add WDS

Click Next through the remaining screens, accepting all the defaults.


Configure Windows Deployment Services (WDS) to provide PXE boot for MDT

Search for “Deploy” on your start menu and open Windows Deployment Services.

68 Open WDS

Expand the “Servers” container.  Right-Click on your server and choose “Configure Server”

71 Configure WDS

Select Next on this screen.

72 Configure WDS

Choose “Standalone server”

73 Configure WDS

Accept the default for the Remote Installation Folder Location.

74 Configure WDS

Choose “YES” to continue past their warning.

75 Configure WDS

Choose “Respond to all client computers (known and unknown)”. Click Next.

76 Configure WDS

Uncheck the “Add images to the server now” and click Finish.

77 Configure WDS

Expand your server and click on “Boot Images”.  Right-Click and select “Add Boot Image”

78 Configure WDS

Point the File Location at your MDT boot media.  In your deployment share folder, it will be in \Boot\.  Mine is C:\MDT Shares\Deploythis\Boot\LiteTouchPEx64.wim

79 Configure WDS

Give your Boot Image a descriptive name if desired.

80 Configure WDS

Click Next on the Summary.

81 Configure WDS

Let the Wizard finish adding the boot media.

Congratulations!  You now have a basic Deployment Server setup.  You can boot a client machine or VM using PXE in their boot options and deploy Windows 10!

If you add new drivers to your share, you will need to update your deployment share in Deployment Workbench.  After that, you will need to open Windows Deployment Services and select your “Boot Images”.  Right-Click and disable the existing boot image and then follow the procedure to Add boot image again.

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