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Windows PowerShell® 2.0 Bible by Tome Tanasovski, Mark E. Schill, Karl Mitschke, Thomas Lee

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CHAPTER 17

Managing Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2010

IN THIS CHAPTER

Creating deployment shares

Adding applications

Adding drivers

Creating task sequences

Generating media

Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) is Microsoft's solution for automating the delivery of Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2. MDT is actually a “Solution Accelerator” from Microsoft. Solution Accelerators are tools that are provided by Microsoft for free and are fully supported. This chapter covers MDT 2010 Update 1.

Installing and Using the Cmdlets

The MDT PowerShell snap-in is installed as part of the overall MDT installation and does not require any special installation procedure. The snap-in is certified to work with both Windows PowerShell and Windows PowerShell V2.

To enable remote management, install MDT on a workstation to install the snap-in. You can then add the remote Deployment Share by specifying the UNC path to the remote Deployment Share folder.

MDT does not create a shortcut for launching the snap-in, so you will need to load it manually:

Add-PSSnapIn -Name Microsoft.BDD.PSSnapIn

If you use the snap-in often, you can create a console file to load it from a shortcut, or you can add it to your profile to have it always loaded.

Cross-Reference

Read more about adding items to your profile in “Customizing Windows PowerShell with Profiles” in Chapter 1, “Introduction to Windows PowerShell.” image

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