Enterprise Deployment for Windows

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Due to the unique nature of SIAT Research, the deployment strategy for our Windows workstations is divided into 2 easy steps.

Introduction

The 2-step Process

This is the fall-back deployment method. Only use this if the MDT2010 deployment fails on the client machine.

An administrator would first begin the process with the installation DVD. No network connection is required in this step. If the workstation in question has a previous user (i.e. not new), the administrator should wipe the hard drive(s) clean to avoid any potential conflicts or privacy issues.

Once Windows is successfully installed, the administrator should update all device drivers, perform system-level setups, set appropriate local accounts and passwords, and join it to the RESEARCH domain.

With the workstation on the domain, the administrator should continue the second step, which involves installation of software (with installation scripts) that are stored on the file server.

The deployment image is for a clean installation of Microsoft Windows to a PC. The purpose of the image is to consolidate all the various required software (from different media) to one central source. This eliminates disc swapping and makes automated/unattended installation possible, thus minimizing installation time and human attention.

The Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT2011) Method

  1. Choose the correct deployment disk based on the OS you want to install. The x86 disk will allow you to install XP. The x64 disk will allow you to install Windows 7 and other 64-bit OSes. Always choose the disk with the most recent date.
  2. Boot the target machine using the deployment disk.
  1. At the next prompt, enter your login credentials that will allow access to \\hurricane.
  2. SELECT A TASK SEQUENCE TO EXECUTE ON THE COMPUTER Generally speaking, you should choose the one with the most recent date.


  1. SET THE TIME ZONE It should default to the Pacific time zone. Click NEXT.
  2. If you see a screen showing which applications you can install, do not select any of them. The image you are deploying will contain the applications.
  3. READY TO BEGIN Click BEGIN.
  4. When the machine re-boots, let it boot from the hard-drive, not the DVD. It should now start in Windows XP.
  5. Login to XP as Administrator, with the password: G????????? (you know one I mean).
  1. Go into the Device Manager and make sure there are no problems listed.
  2. Add the rootxxx user and password, and make sure that account as Administrator privileges.
  1. After re-booting, try logging, as yourself, onto the RESEARCH domain.
  2. Open a browser and open a web page with lots of content. Scroll up and down to see if the video driver is working correctly. Or open System / Hardware and check the Devices list to see if the Display Adapter is setup properly.

Errors

If you encounter any errors, have a look at this Wiki entry: Enterprise_Deployment_Errors

Updates

The images shall be updated at least every 6 months.

Latest update was for the MDT2010 Deployment method and was done in January 2011.

Licensing Restrictions

  • The software mentioned on this page can only be installed on SFU assets (ones with SFU asset bar-code label).
  • Administrators MUST verify the ownership of the workstations they are dealing with.
  • Installation media (and file server access) should NEVER be lent out to any user under any circumstances.
  • All concerns and exceptions to these practices should be directed to your supervisor or manager.

Windows XP MDT2010 Deployment DVD image

DVD contents

  • Microsoft Windows XP Professional (32bit), VLK, SP3-integrated
    • injected with the drivers for:
      • audio chips, from various manufacturers
      • chipsets, from various manufacturers
      • mass storage devices, from various manufacturers
      • network interface cards/chips, from various manufacturers
      • HP Color LaserJet 4600
      • HP Color LaserJet 4650
      • Lexmark T630
      • Lexmark T640
    • injected with utility applications such as:
  • Common drivers
    • ATI Catalyst 9.3 (for legacy cards commonly found in Dell PCs)
    • ATI Catalyst 9.6 (for new cards from 3x00 series and newer)
    • nVidia 175.19 (for legacy cards like GeForce 3, GeForce 4, FX5x00, etc.)
    • nVidia 182.08 (for new cards from GeForce 6 and newer)
    • nVidia nForce 05.10 (for nForce2 motherboards)
    • nVidia nForce 15.23 (for nForce4 motherboards)
    • DirectX 9.0c (Mar-2009)
  • regedit mod to update Windows from our WSUS server.
  • Applications
    • 7zip 9.20
    • Adobe Acrobat Reader
    • Adobe CS4
      • Adobe Updates
    • AutoCAD 2011
    • AutoCAD - Architect 2011
    • AutoCAD - Revit 2011
    • Audacity 1.2.6
    • Autodesk Maya 2011
    • Cycling 74 MAX/MSP/Jitter 5.1.3
    • Firefox
    • Google Earth
    • Google Sketchup 7.1
    • ImgBurn - CD/DVD burner
    • Microsoft Internet Explorer
    • Microsoft Office 2010
    • Trend Micro Virus Scanner
    • Notepad Plus 5.8.5
    • Putty .06
    • Sassafras K2 Keyserver Client
      • Host DNS Name = research-keyserver.iat.sfu.ca
    • SolidWorks 2011-2012 Educational Version
    • VLC 1.1.5
    • WinSCP (file transfer client)

Windows 7 DVD image

This section will be updated as we migrate to Windows 7 (64bit). Stay tuned.

DVD contents

Final DVD available. Work on unattended deployment in progress.

Server-based Software Deployment

This section covers information about software on the file server. Updates will be available as they become available.

Adobe Acrobat 9 Reader

  • configured such that the destination folder is C:\Adobe\
  • configured such that the Reader is for viewing PDF (and Acrobat Professional for creating/editing)
  • configured to unattended install via special shortcut

Adobe Creative Suite 3 Master Collection

  • scripted to install everything
  • configured such that the destination folder is C:\Adobe\
  • configured to unattended install via special shortcut
  • includes clean-up script in separate folder (MUST run this prior to the installation if a previous version of Adobe product was present)
  • SSE2 (or better) processor is required for Premiere, Encore, and After Effects

Adobe Creative Suite 4 Master Collection

  • scripted to install everything
  • configured such that the destination folder is C:\Adobe\
  • configured to unattended install via special shortcut
  • includes clean-up script in separate folder (MUST run this prior to the installation if a previous version of Adobe product was present)
  • SSE2 (or better) processor is required for Premiere, Encore, and After Effects
  • Minimum 2GB of memory is required

Autodesk AutoCAD Architecture Suite 2009

  • TBA

Autodesk Maya 2008

  • manual installation only

Microsoft Office 2007 Enterprise Edition

  • patched with service pack 2
  • scripted to install everything except Outlook
  • scripted to add registry values to modify the following settings:
    • Windows Update - Points to Lancer
    • LAN Manager Hash - Disable
    • NumLock - Defaults to ON so users can use NumPad for numeric input
    • Adobe Product Improvement Program - Disable
  • configured to unattended install via special shortcut

Microsoft Visio 2007 Professional

  • patched with service pack 2
  • configured to unattended install via special shortcut

Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 Professional

  • got disc, now working on integration of SP1 and MSDN updates
  • TBD

Dassault Systemes SolidWorks 2008 Office Premium

  • upgraded to SP5.0
  • configured to unattended install via special shortcut

TechSmith Morae 3.1.0

  • Manager - for viewing and analysing recorded data
  • Recorder - for recording
  • Observer - for viewing user remotely