A lot of time and effort can typically be saved if you troubleshoot MDT deployments with log files.:%WINDIR%\TEMP\Deployment Logs I have also found the Windows Setup logs to be very beneficial in troubleshooting MDT deployment issues so I’ll add a fourth location: X:$WINDOWS.~BT\Sources\Panther (prior to partition creation) C:\Windows\Panther (after partition creation)*consult the Troubleshooting Windows Deployments 2012-09-11 guide for additional log locations There are a lot of logs generated during the deployment process.
In fact, pretty much every script that runs has a corresponding log file.
I can’t stress enough how invaluable log files can be in tracking down deployment issues.
Microsoft Deployment Toolkit generates a custom Windows PE(Preinstallation Environment) image that allows client machines to install the assembled deployment packages over the network from the MDT server.
This Windows PE disk image can be burned to and booted from a CD, or booted with Windows Deployment Services.
When selecting the package to deploy, software that has been included in the pool may also be selected for installation.
Zero Touch Installation (ZTI), Lite Touch Installation (LTI), and User Driven Installation (UDI).
Change a setting, re-attempt, research, try another setting.
This type of approach doesn’t serve an Administrator that well with deployment troubleshooting for two reasons: A deployment admin can quickly find themselves wasting a lot of valuable time testing if they aren’t quickly identifying the real cause of the problem.
The computing infrastructure for many large enterprise organizations is built around Microsoft technologies including Windows Server and the network services necessary to support daily operations such as AD DS, DHCP, and WDS.
In addition, many enterprise IT Professionals are already familiar with System Center Configuration Manager and use it to support computer and device management requirements.
ZTI is a fully automated deployment scheme in which installation requires no user interaction whatsoever. An LTI deployment needs very little infrastructure, so it can be installed from a network share, or media using either a USB flash drive or an optical disc.
As a computer and mobile device administrator and enterprise IT Professional, you can use this solution guide to understand the Microsoft recommended processes for creating and deploying Windows operating systems.
This is an updated version of the skipping deployment wizard pages table.