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Mastering Windows 10 Deployment Using MDT and Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager


A word from the Instructors:

Hands-on Labs

Over 60 percent of the time you spend in class is dedicated to hands-on labs and exercises, based on self-perceived real-life scenarios and methods verified to work in production environments. And the best part, you get access to all the sample files and scripts, including a solution that will build up the complete lab environment once you have returned home from the training.

Class Outline

Windows 10 Technical Drilldown

  • Support for new hardware
  • Editions and licensing / activation
  • Productivity Enhancements
  • Security Enhancements
  • User Interface changes
  • Hyper-V enhancements

Planning for Windows 10 Deployment

  • Planning for network infrastructure peer to peer solutions
  • Introduction to BranchCache, Peer Cache, Delivery Optimization, BITS and LEDBAT
  • OU Structure and Group Policy Strategy
  • Naming Conventions and Structure
  • Assessment and Readiness, and Desktop Analytics
  • Deployment Scenarios (Bare Metal, Refresh, Replace and In-Place Upgrades)
  • Deployment Methods (PXE, Boot Media, Standalone Media)
  • Automation level (Wizard Driven, Fully Automated, Dynamic and Hybrid)

Working With Provisioning Packages

  • Scenarios for provisioning packages
  • Resetting OEM Setups
  • Create and configure provisioning packages
  • Apply Enterprise configurations (domain, policies, applications, and settings)

Getting Started With Windows Autopilot

  • Bringing computers under management
  • Hybrid deployment scenarios
  • OEM vendor support
  • Automating via Microsoft Graph

Creating Reference Images

  • Why using MDT Lite Touch
  • LTI System Requirements
  • Creating the server structure
  • Add operating system files
  • Add Applications
  • Create MDT Task Sequences
  • Configure the Deployment Share
  • Create Windows 10 reference images

Working With Hardware and Device Drivers

  • General Driver Challenges
  • Hardware Support, UEFI configurations
  • Converting MBR to GBT
  • Understanding Windows Drivers
  • Modern Driver management
  • Automating BIOS Updates and Configuration
  • Drivers Tips & Tricks

MDT OS Deployment

  • Prepare for Production Deployment
  • Add Production Applications
  • Add Drivers
  • Create the Production Task Sequence and configure Rules
  • Replicating the Content
  • Additional configurations for a distributed environment

ConfigMgr OS Deployment

  • Setup ConfigMgr for Software distribution
  • Integrate with MDT (Zero Touch)
  • Create boot images
  • Add operating system images
  • Add ConfigMgr Applications
  • Add Drivers for ConfigMgr
  • Create Task Sequences
  • Configure the rules, distribute content, and deploy task sequences
  • Deploy Window clients using PXE

Troubleshooting OS Deployment

  • Error codes and log files
  • Debugging MDT Lite Touch
  • Debugging ConfigMgr OSD
  • PXE in a Lab environment
  • Advanced Task Sequence Troubleshooting

Windows 10 In-place Upgrade Scenarios

  • Upgrade features
  • In-place Upgrade Limitations

Windows 10 In-place Upgrades in the Real World

  • Upgrading Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 clients to Windows 10
  • Servicing existing Windows 10 installations
  • Creating the Windows 10 upgrade task sequence
  • Running the In-place upgrade process
  • Adding pre-flight actions to for Windows 10 upgrade/servicing
  • Monitor and verify the In-place upgrade process

Using USMT for Refresh and Replace

  • USMT versions and scenarios
  • User Data and Settings
  • System Requirements
  • Multi-User Migration Integration with ConfigMgr
  • Support for additional settings
  • Basic Custom XML-File
  • Troubleshooting

Refresh a Computer

  • Refresh Windows clients using MDT and ConfigMgr Task Sequences
  • Customize USMT Settings

Replace a Computer

  • Configure the State Migration Point
  • Create and run a Replace Task Sequence
  • Verify user state migration

Advanced Customizations

  • Create a test environment
  • Using the MDT Deployment database
  • Assigning Applications using Roles
  • Use a stored procedure
  • Use a UserExit script
  • Using webservices

Windows Setup Engine

  • Image Based Setup
  • Windows Configuration passes
  • Understanding WSIM
  • Component based servicing
  • Windows Device Drivers

Managing Windows Clients in the Enterprise

  • Using Group Policy Preferences
  • Deploy Applications using ConfigMgr
  • Using User Experience Virtualization (UE-V)
  • Using App-V applications
  • Configuring Software Updates (WSUS and ConfigMgr)

The absolute Windows deployment and management training with a focus on MDT and ConfigMgr, where you pick the track to follow during four intense days!

The Fine Print

300 (Advanced)

Who Should Attend
IT pros and administrators that want to build real-world deployment and management solutions using ConfigMgr and MDT.

Windows deployment experience, sysprep, imaging, and drivers. Basic understanding of Active Directory, and Software Distribution using ConfigMgr. Scripting experience (VBScript, PowerShell) is helpful but not a requirement.

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