Category: Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2010

Microsoft Deployment Toolkit – Configure SQL Server Express

Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) may be connected to a Microsoft SQL Server Express database. Below you will find a step-by-step guide for configuring the database.

  1. In the Deployment Workbench navigate to the Advanced Configuration section, right click Database, and select New Database.
  2. In the SQL Server Details dialog box provide the SQL Server name:, Instance:, Port:, and Network Library:. Then, click Next.
  3. In the Database dialog box select Create a new database and provide a database name in the Database: section. Then, click Next.
  4. In the SQL Share dialog box enter a share name in the SQL Share: section. Then, click Next.
  5. In the Summary dialog box review the configuration. Then, click Next.
  6. In the Configuration dialog box verify the process completed successfully. Then, click Finish.

Automation – Silent Installation of Applications

Automating application installations is a great way to cut down on the deployment time of workstations for your end users. Having completed a domain/operating system migration in the past I can attest to the benefits of an automated deployment. Below you will find a list of applications and their silent installation parameters:

7-Zip: msiexec.exe /i “7z920-x64.msi” /qn

Adobe Air: “AdobeAIRInstaller.exe” -silent

Adobe Flash Player: msiexec.exe /i “install_flash_player_11_active_x.msi” /qn /norestart

Adobe Reader XI: msiexec.exe /i AcroRead.msi EULA_ACCEPT=YES /qn

Adobe Shockwave Player: msiexec.exe /i “sw_lic_full_installer.msi” /qn /norestart

Apple Application Support: msiexec.exe /i “AppleApplicationSupport.msi” /qn /norestart

Apple Quicktime: msiexec.exe /i “QuickTime.msi” /qn /norestart

Barracuda Malware Removal Tool: setup.exe /verysilent /norestart

Microsoft Silverlight: Silverlight.exe /q

Mozilla Firefox: “Firefox Setup 25.0.exe” -ms

Oracle Java: JavaSetup7u45.exe /s

VLC Media Player: vlc-2.1.1-win32.exe /S

Automation – Adobe Flash Player 11.x Silent Installation

If you interested in deploying Adobe Flash Player 11 silently you may download the MSI from the Adobe Flash Player Distribution website. Additionally, the command below may be used to install application silently.

msiexec.exe /i “install_flash_player_11_active_x.msi” /qn /norestart


Adobe Customization Wizard XI – Install Adobe Reader XI

You may use the following method to install Adobe Reader XI silently and accept the End User License Agreement (EULA):

msiexec.exe /i AcroRead.msi EULA_ACCEPT=YES /qn

Additionally, you may use the Adobe Customization Wizard XI to customize the installation of Adobe Reader XI. Please keep in mind that the Adobe Customization Wizard must match the version of Adobe Reader that you are installing.

Lastly, in order to get the .msi file you must first install the Adobe Reader XI application then navigate to the “C:\ProgramData\Adobe\Setup\{AC76BA86-7AD7-1033-7B44-AB0000000001}\” directory to retrieve it. This directory also contains the Setup.ini file which is needed in order to save any settings, using the Adobe Customization Wizard XI, to the .msi file.


Microsoft Office Customization Tool – Suppress Reboot

I was troubleshooting a Dirty Environment Found error while Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) 2013 was installing Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2010. The error was caused because Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2010 was rebooting the desktop after its installation and the reboot was disrupting the MDT task sequence.

I was using the Office Customization Tool for the installation of Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2010 but I was unable to find a dialog box that would allow me to suppress the reboot. After some quick research I found the solution. In the  Office Customization Tool navigate to Setup > Modify Setup properties then add a property value with a Name: of SETUP_REBOOT and a Value: of Never.


Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2010

The Information Technology department I am a member of is currently completing a domain migration project. One portion of my responsibility for this project was to create a Windows 7 Enterprise x64 image that included a number of applications such as Microsoft Office 2010 Plus, Adobe Acrobat X Pro and numerous others.

The solution used for making the images was Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) 2010. The deployment workbench is easily added as a Microsoft Management Console (MMC) snap-in to an administrative workstation. Using MDT you may create task sequences and roles to customize your Windows 7 deployment to meet your organizations needs. Additionally, you may deploy your image(s) by specifying a particular computer(s), make and model or subnetwork. For instance, if you have a specific group of users on a particular subnetwork you may create an image for that group of users and deploy it very specifically to all computers on that subnetwork using the default gateway. This is just one of the many ways that you may customize your deploying using MDT.

In all, I highly recommend this platform for any Windows XP/7 large scale deployment needs that you may have.

For more information on MDT 2010 and the release of MDT 2012 please use the link below.