Using Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) 2013 to Deploy Windows 7 XenDesktop Master to HP Moonshot

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Last week I was at the Citrix Technology Professionals (CTP) meetup at Citrix’s Santa Clara office and was having a discussion about Moonshot with Aaron Parker. Aaron is commonly regarded as the master of App-V and MDT, so naturally he was curious to see if I had yet used MDT to deploy the Windows Operating Systems to HP Moonshot. If you’ve not had a change to see Aaron present this content, I highly recommend you watch his Synergy/E2E session or review his content on ‘Hands off my gold image!’

MDT in fact is what I use for all my EUC gold image builds (including Moonshot) as it is a free, quick, and easy way to layer in additional components (such as Adobe apps, VDA, PVS Target Device software, etc.). I’ve covered Moonshot quite a bit and you can review my initial testing with HDX 3D Pro, or my Synergy session slides. I’ve also covered MDT 2013 installation and configuration in past posts, so you can read up on those more here:

Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) 2013 Primer!
Installing and Configuring Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) 2013 on Windows Server 2012 R2

We’ll use the Installing and Configuring blog post as a starting point to build the MDT server for Moonshot. In this blog post I will describe all the Moonshot specific tasks that need to be completed in order to use MDT for Windows OS deployment. First, a couple disclaimers…

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