Step by step – Installing ConfigMgr 1511 in https – Part 2: Installing MDT Update 2, W10 ADK & ConfigMgr Toolkit

Welcome Back for Part 2 of our Step by Step Guide to ConfigMgr 1511 in https. In the previous post we have covered the preparation of Active Directory and the installation of Windows Server Features & Roles.

What will be covered in this post:

  • Installing Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2013 Update 2
  • Installing Windows 10 Assessment and Deployment Toolkit
  • Installing System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager Toolkit

Let’s start with the installation of MDT.

Installing Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2013 Update 2

You can download the latest version of here. According to Microsoft Update 2 is primarily a quality release, there are no new major features but some significant changes:

  • Security- and cryptographic-related improvements:
    • Relaxed permissions on newly created deployment shares (still secure by default, but now also functional by default)
    • Creating deployment shares via Windows PowerShell adds same default permissions
    • Updated hash algorithm usage from SHA1 to SHA256
  • Includes the latest Configuration Manager task sequence binaries
  • Enhanced user experience for Windows 10 in-place upgrade task sequence
  • Enhanced split WIM functionality
  • Fixed OSDJoinAccount account usage in UDI scenario
  • Fixed issues with installation of Windows 10 language packs
  • Various accessibility improvements
  • Monitoring correctly displays progress for all scenarios including upgrade
  • Improvements to smsts.log verbosity
  • Fixed Orchestrator runbook functionality

If you would like to read more about this and stay up to date with latest release information, I can recommend you to start following the blog of the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit Team here.

Browse to the location of your installation file. The file that you need to run is MicrosoftDeploymentToolkit2013_x64.msi. If you want to be sure that you have the correct version of MDT, check the properties of the MSI. In the details tab, you will see in the Subject attribute that you have the correct version.

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Close the properties and run the MSI.

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Click Next and Accept the License Agreement.

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Click Next to continue. In this part, you can specify the location where you want to install the MDT. I usually have a dedicated disk where I install all the tools. Click Browse and locate your install folder, leave the defaults if you want it installed in the default location.

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When you have defined your location, click Next. In the CEIP screen, you can select whether or not your want to participate in the program.

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Click Next to continue. Now click Install to start the installation.

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When the installation is Completed, you click Finish to close the MDT installation wizard.

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Installing Windows 10 Assessment and Deployment Toolkit

Microsoft released in November a new version of the Windows 10 ADK. although, they do not recommend that ConfigMgr customers use the 1511 version of the ADK. Therefor I recommend to download the old version of the Windows 10 ADK here.

If you would like to read more about the issues with the Windows 10 ADK 1511, continue reading here. I will keep following the progress and keep you informed as soon as MS release there new version.

Now let’s continue with the real work. run the ADK Setup that you have downloaded earlier. In my case, I have already downloaded the installation files, which will make the installation a little faster.

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Specify the location where you want to have the ADK installed. Same thing as with the MDT installation, I prefer to have it installed in D:\APPS\WADK10. If you have multiple sites, I would recommend you to Download the WADK files to a location so that you don’t need to download the sources again.

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Click Next and select whether or not you would like to join the CEIP.

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Click Next and Accept the License Agreement.

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Now we need to select the features that we would like to have installed. To have all functionality related to OSD we need to select the 4 Features below:

  • Deployment Tools
  • Windows Preinstallation  Environment (Windows PE)
  • Imaging And Configuration Designer (ICD) – This one is optional and not required for OSD
  • User State Migration Tool (USMT)

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Click on Install and you will see that the wizard start to Install your selected features.

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When everything is installed, you can close the wizard.

Installing System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager Toolkit

The Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager Toolkit contains fifteen downloadable tools to help you manage and troubleshoot Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager.  I really like this set of tools, they have been a real asset while troubleshooting Configuration Manager. The following list provides specific information about each tool in the toolkit.

Note: Items with an * are new in the R2 Toolkit and require Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager for full functionality.

Server Based Tools

  • * DP Job Manager – A tool that helps troubleshoot and manage ongoing content distribution jobs to Configuration Manager distribution points.
  • * Collection Evaluation Viewer – A tool that assists in troubleshooting collection evaluation related issues by viewing collection evaluation details.
  • * Content Library Explorer – A tool that assists in troubleshooting issues with and viewing the contents of the content library.
  • Security Configuration Wizard Template for Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager – The Security Configuration Wizard (SCW) is an attack-surface reduction tool for the Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 operating system. Security Configuration Wizard determines the minimum functionality required for a server’s role or roles, and disables functionality that is not required.
  • Content Library Transfer – A tool that transfers content from one disk drive to another.
  • Content Ownership Tool – A tool that changes ownership of orphaned packages (packages without an owner site server).
  • Role-based Administration Modeling and Auditing Tool – This tool helps administrators to model and audit RBA configurations.
  • Run Metering Summarization Tool – The purpose of this tool is to run the metering summarization task to analyze raw metering data.

Client Based Tools

  • Client Spy – A tool that helps you troubleshoot issues related to software distribution, inventory, and software metering on System Center 2012 Configuration Manager clients.
  • Configuration Manager Trace Log Viewer – A tool used to view log files created by Configuration Manager components and agents.
  • Deployment Monitoring Tool – The Deployment Monitoring Tool is a graphical user interface designed help troubleshoot Applications, Updates, and Baseline deployments on System Center 2012 Configuration Manager clients.
  • Policy Spy – A policy viewer that helps you review and troubleshoot the policy system on System Center 2012 Configuration Manager clients.
  • Power Viewer Tool – A tool to view the status of power management feature on System Center 2012 Configuration Manager clients.
  • Send Schedule Tool – A tool used to trigger a schedule on a client or trigger the evaluation of a specified DCM Baseline. You can trigger a schedule either locally or remotely.
  • Wakeup Spy – A tool that provides a view of the power state of Configuration Manager client computers and which operate as managers or manages.

Now let’s install the toolkit. Browse to the location of the ConfigMgrTools.msi and double click it to start the installation.

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In the wizard, click Next.

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In the Software License Terms wizard, Accept the license agreement and click Next.

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Specify the location where you want to install the toolkit.

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When you click Next and the installation will start.

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After a few seconds, you will see that the Toolkit is installed. Click Finish to close the wizard.

In the next post we will install and configure SQL Server 2012 SP3

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