Monthly Archives: January 2013

Building My Capture and Deployment Server – Part VII – Setting up Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2012

This is the seventh part of my series on building my capture and deployment server. In Part I, I defined the virtual machine settings I used. In Part II, I installed Windows Server 2008 R2 x64 SP1 Enterprise Edition and did initial configurations. In Part III, I configured Network Address Translation. In Part IV, I setup Active Directory and DNS. In Part V I configured DHCP. In Part VI I configured Windows Deployment Services. In this part, I will install the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2012 Update 1.

Installing Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2012 Update 1

The Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2012 Update 1 is the final piece that needs to be installed in order to begin image creation. This is the tool where we will add Operating System images, drivers, patches, and create task sequences.

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Building My Capture and Deployment Server – Part VI – Setting up Windows Deployment Services

This is the sixth part of my series on building my capture and deployment server. In Part I, I defined the virtual machine settings I used. In Part II, I installed Windows Server 2008 R2 x64 SP1 Enterprise Edition and did initial configurations. In Part III, I configured Network Address Translation. In Part IV, I setup Active Directory and DNS. In Part V I configured DHCP. In this part, I will configure Windows Deployment Services.

Configuring Windows Deployment Services

In order to deploy images over the network, we will install Windows Deployment Services. This is a very nice tool to assist in enterprise deployments. It can be configured for multicasting to enable multiple clients to download images at the same time while using less bandwidth that point to point transfers. It also enables deployment over less reliable links making the deployment more resilient.

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Building My Capture and Deployment Server – Part V: Setting up DHCP

This is the fifth part of my series on building my capture and deployment server. In Part I, I defined the virtual machine settings I used. In Part II, I installed Windows Server 2008 R2 x64 SP1 Enterprise Edition and did initial configurations. In Part III, I configured Network Address Translation. In Part IV, I setup Active Directory and DNS. In this part, I will configure DHCP as one of the prerequisites for Windows Deployment Services.

Configuring DHCP

In order for machines to PXE boot they need to get an IP address, and to do that they need DHCP. The DHCP server will also have a DHCP server option set by the Windows Deployment Services configuration wizard to allow those machines to find the deployment server.

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Building My Capture and Deployment Server – Part IV: Setting up Active Directory

This is the fourth part of my series on building my capture and deployment server. In Part I, I defined the virtual machine settings I used. In Part II, I installed Windows Server 2008 R2 x64 SP1 Enterprise Edition and did initial configurations. In Part III, I configured Network Address Translation. In this part, I will configure Active Directory as one of the prerequisites for Windows Deployment Services.

Configure Active Directory

Since i will want to use Windows Deployment Services (WDS) to deploy images to virtual machines, I will have to install the prerequisites. There are three requirements for WDS; Active Directory, DNS, and DHCP. Luckily Active Directory also requires DNS, so we will kill two birds with one stone here.

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Building My Capture and Deployment Server – Part III – Setting up Network Address Translation

This is the third part of my series on building my capture and deployment server. In Part I, I defined the virtual machine settings I used. In Part II, I installed Windows Server 2008 R2 x64 SP1 Enterprise Edition and did initial configurations. In this part I will configure Network Address Translation to allow the virtual machines in the development network access to the internet for patching.

Configure Network Address Translation

Since I want to keep my development network separate from my home network, I will use this server as a router/NAT to enable machines in the development network out to the internet to check for updates. In order for Network Address Translation to work, you must use the Intel E1000 NICs instead of the VMXNET3 NICs. See here for details.

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Building My Capture and Deployment Server – Part II: Windows Server 2008 R2 install and configuration

This is the second part of my series on building my capture and deployment server. In Part I, I defined the virtual machine settings I used. In this part I will go through the install of Windows Server 2008 R2 x64 SP1 Enterprise Edition and the initial configuration.

Installing Windows Server 2008 R2 x64 SP1 Enterprise Edition

The install is a standard Windows Server 2008 R2 x64 Enterprise Edition full installation. I chose the Enterprise Edition so I would have all the roles if I needed them. In a production environment you should choose the appropriate edition to cut down on licensing cost.

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