Using the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) as portable application allows to simplify the OS deployment process in branch offices.
In this post you will also learn how to create and update a Deployment Share for the portable MDT.
The New Computer deployment scenario covers the deployment of Windows 8.1 to a new computer.
This scenario assumes that there is no user data or profile to preserve.
The use of MDT without installing it can be achieved in three steps.This option configures the Update Deployment Share Wizard to update existing versions of the image files.Select this option when you want to reduce the amount of time required to update the boot images.You start by creating two folders that will contain respectively, required files for MDT and required files for ADK.See below, what these folders should contain: Note: If you already have a Deployment Share make sure you use the same version of MDT you used to create the deploy contents.Selecting this option reduces the image size to the minimum for the current content.However, it may also increase the time required to generate the images.You will then configure the deployment share, create a new task sequence, add applications, add drivers, add rules, and configure Active Directory permissions for deployment.For the purposes of this topic, we will use three machines: DC01, MDT01, and PC0005.You will prepare for this by creating a MDT deployment share that is used solely for image deployment.Separating the processes of creating reference images from the processes used to deploy them in production allows greater control of on both processes.This way, they don’t have to install the toolkit which would be too complicated for the local support staff.The MDT installation files are located by default in “C:\Program Files\Microsoft Deployment Toolkit”.In order for MDT to join machines into the domain you need to create an account and configure permissions in Active Directory.