Course Description

Don't miss the chance to learn from two of the worlds foremost experts on Windows 10 Deployment: Johan Arwidmark and Mikael Nystrom. In this academy program you learn how to implement a Windows 10 deployment and servicing platform based on Windows Server, WDS, and MDT Lite Touch. The six week long program covers on-premises deployment as well as cloud imaging via the PowerShell Deployment (PSD) extension. You also learn about customizing the MDT environment, how to use Windows Autopilot for bringing machines under management via Microsoft Intune, and how to integrate MDT with Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) and Windows Update for Business (WUfB).

Note: If you have an All Access Pass subscription already, this course has been added to your account.

This program is running for six weeks, and includes: 

  • Weekly live webinars (with recordings and Q & A).
  • Weekly online gatherings for additional Q & A time.
  • Weekly assignments to guide your progress.
  • A community of individuals with the same goals.
  • A private Facebook group with other participants for sharing reflections, progress, etc. 
  • The chance to ask Johan Arwidmark questions directly.


Course Schedule

Dates and start time for the live two-hour webinars:

  • Module 1: Tuesday, Aug 24, 10:00 AM-12:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)
  • Module 2: Tuesday, Aug 31, 10:00 AM-12:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)
  • Module 3: Tuesday, Sep 7, 10:00 AM-12:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)
  • Module 4: Tuesday, Sep 14, 10:00 AM-12:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)
  • Module 5: Tuesday, Sep 21, 10:00 AM-12:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)
  • Module 1: Tuesday, Sep 28, 10:00 AM-12:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

Course Outline

Module 1: Windows 10 Deployment, Technical Drilldown

  • Setup a lab and test environment
  • Deployment tools and platforms (Windows ADK, MDT, WDS, and PSD)
  • Windows 10 Deployment challenges
  • Understanding Windows as a Service 
  • Reducing the Windows 10 Network impact
  • Supported deployment scenarios, including cloud imaging and Windows Autopilot
  • Windows 10 imaging strategies, master images vs. thin images
  • Using community solutions like Image Factory, OSD Builder, and WIM Witch


Module 2: Windows 10 Deployment via MDT and WDS

  • Preparing for production deployment
  • Setup the MDT infrastructure 
  • Adding Operating System images
  • Adding applications, and PowerShell scripts
  • Adding drivers for WinPE and Windows 10
  • Adding support for BIOS updates and configuration
  • Adding support for BitLocker
  • Creating production Task Sequences
  • Configure the Deployment Share, WinPE, and CustomSettings.ini
  • Configure WDS (PXE)


Module 3: Windows 10 Servicing – Task Sequences and WUfB

  • Servicing existing Windows 10 installations
  • Comparing servicing techniques and platforms
  • Creating the Windows 10 upgrade task sequence
  • Running the In-place upgrade process
  • Adding pre-flight actions for Windows 10 upgrade/servicing
  • Monitor and verify the In-place upgrade process
  • Setup Microsoft Intune for servicing of Windows 10
  • Adding support for computer refresh and computer replace scenarios


Module 4: Cloud Imaging using MDT and PSD (New)

  • OS Deployment over HTTPS via MDT and PSD
  • Setup deployment servers in Azure or AWS
  • Implementing iPXE for boot over internet (third party)
  • Configuring vendor BIOS/EUFI for cloud imaging
  • Extend MDT with PSD for HTTPS and P2P support
  • Running  task sequences via Microsoft Intune


Module 5: Implementing Windows Autopilot

  • Configuring Windows Autopilot prerequisites
  • Bringing Windows 10 devices under management
  • Windows Autopilot deployment scenarios
  • OEM vendor support
  • Understanding Autopilot Deployment Profiles 
  • Configuring Enrollment Status Pages
  • Autopilot Housekeeping and other Operations tasks
  • Automating via Microsoft Graph
  • Integrate Intune and Autopilot with OS Deployment
  • Rapid Hyper-V Provisioning for Autopilot Testing
  • Troubleshooting Windows Autopilot


Module 6: Troubleshooting MDT Lite Touch

  • Debugging MDT Lite Touch
  • Understanding Windows 10 setup passes
  • Using tools in Windows ADK 10
  • Adding custom tools to WinPE
  • Enable DaRT and VNC
  • Enable MDT monitoring
  • Client-side and server-side logging
  • Log files, and log file locations
  • Understanding MDT flows and processes
  • Troubleshooting drivers and applications

Instructor(s)

Instructor Bio:

Johan Arwidmark is a consultant, author, speaker and all-around geek specializing in Enterprise Windows Deployment Solutions and Systems Management. Johan speaks at several conferences each year, including MMS and Ignite around the world. He is also actively involved in the deploymentresearch.com community, and he has been awarded Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) since 2005. Johan is known for an energetic and humorous style, tackling complex concepts using simple "Real World" scenarios and lots of live demos. His areas of expertise include: Enterprise Windows Deployment Tools and Management Systems, MDT, WinPE, USMT, WDS, and ConfigMgr.

Johan Arwidmark

Technical Fellow

Instructor(s)

Instructor Bio:

Mikael is a Principal Technical Architect at TrueSec, with an extremely broad field of competence. He works in-depth with System Center suite, virtualization, cloud platforms, and operating system deployment. Mikael is a very popular instructor, is frequently used by Microsoft for partner training, and speaks at major conferences such as TechEd, Microsoft Ignite, MMS, and TechDays. He also spends a lot of time in communities, like deploymentbunny.com and itproffs.se. Mikael has been awarded Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) since 2005.

Mikael Nystrom

Principal Technical Architect