Configuring Custom Settingsini

CustomSettings .ini is the primary customization file for MDT 2010. The customizations you perform are specific to your organization . The names of the servers, default gateways for each subnet, media access control (MAC) addresses, and other details are unique to your organization, of course . The customization that you perform configures the deployment processes to run properly in your network environment. The examples in this section are provided as guides to help you in your customization. For more information on other configuration scenarios, see the MDT 2010 documentation.

The following listing shows a customized version of the CustomSettings .ini file after completing the New Deployment Share Wizard in Deployment Workbench. The initial contents of CustomSettings .ini depend on the answers given to the New Deployment Share Wizard, of course . The section titled "Customizing CustomSettings.ini" later in this chapter describes in more detail how to customize these settings for different computers.

CustomSettings.ini Modified by Deployment Workbench

[Settings]

Priority=Default

Properties=MyCustomProperty

[Default]

OSInstall=Y

SkipAppsOnUpgrade=YES

SkipCapture=NO

SkipAdminPassword=YES

SkipProductKey=YES

The CustomSettings .ini file in the listing contains the property values for all the target computers to be deployed using this version of the file . This version of the file contains no values that are unique to a specific target computer, because all of the settings are defined in the [Default] section. In this case, the target computer-specific configuration values are provided manually during the installation process by using the Windows Deployment Wizard. Table 12-1 explains the properties and corresponding values used in the listing.

NOTE In MDT 2010, the document Microsoft Deployment Toolkit Reference defines these and dozens of other settings that you can define in CustomSettings.ini. Of all the guides in MDT 2010, the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit Reference is the most useful, particularly for IT professionals already familiar with the MDT 2010 basic concepts.

table 12-1 Explanation of CustomSettings .ini Properties for LTI

LINE IN CUSTOMSETTINGS.INI PURPOSE

table 12-1 Explanation of CustomSettings .ini Properties for LTI

LINE IN CUSTOMSETTINGS.INI PURPOSE

[Settings]

Indicates the start of the [Settings] section .

Priority= Default

Establishes the sequence in which the process parses sub

sections to locate values for the variables . In this example,

the [Default] section is the only subsection that is parsed

for variables

Properties=MyCustomProperty Indicates any additional properties to locate . The properties listed here are in addition to the properties listed in ZTIGather.xml. ZTIGather.wsf parses ZTIGather.xml to obtain a list of the properties The property names defined here are added to them

[Default]

Indicates the start of the [Default] section . The settings

defined in this section apply to all computers .

OSInstall=Y

Indicates that the computer is supposed to perform an

operating system deployment .

SkipApps On Upgrade=YES

Indicates whether the Windows Deployment Wizard

prompts the user to install applications during an

upgrade . If the property is set to YES, the wizard page

is not displayed .

SkipCapture=NO

Indicates whether the Windows Deployment Wizard

prompts to capture an image. If the property is set to YES,

the wizard page is not displayed.

SkipAdminPassword=YES

Indicates whether the Windows Deployment Wizard

prompts to set the local Administrator password. If the

property is set to YES, the wizard page is skipped and not

displayed.

SkipProductKey= YES

Indicates whether the Windows Deployment Wizard

prompts for a product key. If the property is set to YES,

the wizard page is skipped and not displayed.

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