Integrating MDT 2012 with Configuration Manager

This is possibly one of best ‘minimum effort maximum gain’ jobs you can do in your Configuration Manager installation, it’s a real no-brainer. By integrating Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) with Configuration Manager you get the best of both worlds in your deployment scenarios as MDT can extend the functionality of Configuration Manager, pretty much the only limitation becomes your imagination and best of all it’s free!

I’m not going to go into the details of what you get by integrating the products as you probably have a good idea if you’re reading this, if not you can visit the product page here http://technet.microsoft.com/en-gb/solutionaccelerators/dd407791.aspx or simply use your favourite search engine. The best way to learn a product is to use it and get to know it, so what are you waiting for?

Go get yourself MDT 2012 from here – http://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/download/details.aspx?id=25175

This is a screenshot step through for the install:

Run the msi installer and choose Next…

Setup1

Agree to the EULA…

Setup2

Make your component selection, this is the default and it only takes 70MB…

Setup3

Of course you’ll want to contribute to the CEIP…

Setup4

and that’s it, Install…

Setup5

You’ll see the progress indicator…

Setup6

Now Finish.

Setup7

That’s it you’ve installed MDT 2012, told you it was easy. Now we need to integrate it with Configuration Manager, this is even easier.

Run the ‘Configure ConfigMgr Integration’ shortcut from your start menu or start screen…

Configure1

If they’re not already completed, enter your Configuration Manager details and hit Next…

Configure2

That’s it! If you want to save the output you can, otherwise click Finish.

Configure3

Essentially that’s it you’ve now integrated MDT 2012 with Configuration Manager 2012. You’ll notice subtle additions as you look around the Configuration Manager console like so…

Adding MDT Boot images

MDTBootImage

Adding MDT task sequences

MDTTaskSequence

Adding MDT task sequence steps

MDTTaskSequenceSteps

You’ll notice in the task sequence steps that you have the ‘Use Toolkit Package’ available to you. This will allow you to utilise a number of other scripts and tools within your task sequence, to do this you’ll need to create a distribution share in MDT and add the contents of that as a package in Configuration Manager.

Here’s how…

Open Deployment Workbench from your start menu or start screen…

DeploymentWorkbench

Right click Deployment Shares and select New Deployment Share.

DeploymentShare1

Choose your preferred path for the deployment share…

DeploymentShare2

Choose your share name…

DeploymentShare3

Give your share a descriptive name.

DeploymentShare4

Make your behaviour selections, these are the default.

DeploymentShare5

Check the summary and click Next.

DeploymentShare6

You’ll see the progress bar…

DeploymentShare7

Then confirmation of success. Click Finish.

DeploymentShare8

If you now go take a look at the folder you specified you will see the following files and folders…

DeploymentShare9

Now all you need to do is add a new package to Configuration Manager and specify this folder (or a copy) as the source files. You can then use that package in your task sequence step for ‘Use Toolkit Package’.

That should be enough to get you started with MDT and Configuration Manager, so go explore and see what you can create!

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