Monthly Archive: August 2009

Aug 21

Using Application “bundles” in MDT 2010

One of the more interesting things in MDT is the “Application bundle” application install option.  What an application bundle allows is the ability to install multiple applications, in order, as dependencies.  Think of it more as a logical container for applications that need to be installed, perhaps in a specific order, or as prerequisites for another application (like, for instance, installing Visual Studio 2008 prerequisites, Visual Studio itself, and then the latest service pack).

Adding the application(s)

To create an application bundle that will show up in the list of applications to install (or be available to configure via a task sequence), you first need to add all of the applications to MDT that will make up the bundle.  This is done similar to adding Office 2007 as I documented in my post on creating an MDT deployment point – you must create a New Application and add it’s source files to the deployment share.  I’ll document quickly how to add the Windows Live Essentials components to your deployment share and “bundle” them (instructions on getting the .msi packages you’ll need from the Windows Live Essentials downloadable package can be found here, if you do actually want to try this).

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Aug 12

Adding additional boot options to your deployment USB key

Having a USB key that will install multiple versions of Windows is great, but what if you want to add other Windows PE images to it, above and beyond the installers?  For example, what if you wanted to add a recovery environment, like the Microsoft Diagnostics and Recovery Toolset (DaRT), or a BartPE environment, or any other Windows PE-based environments?  Well, it’s not that hard to do, and I’ll document how to do it with the Microsoft DaRT x86 and x64 recovery ISOs that it creates in this example.

Adding the DaRT files

First, you will need to copy the files from the MS DaRT WinPE ISO image to your “Content” folder that was created when you used MDT 2010 as per my previous post.  The content folder should look something like this:


And the contents of the MS DaRT ISO image, once extracted to the hard disk, will look something like this:

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Aug 11

Default Keys for Vista and Windows 7 deployment

Update: If you want the default VL/KMS activation keys for Windows Vista through Windows Server 2012R2, they can be found here.

To go along with my previous post on deploying Windows via MDT 2010, here is a list of the “default” keys that Windows uses when you choose not to enter a product key during setup.  These keys of course will not activate, but you can enter them into your task sequences when you are prompted for a product key to use.  This will make your setup more unattended.

Here’s the list:

Windows Vista:

  • Ultimate  –  VMCB9-FDRV6-6CDQM-RV23K-RP8F7
  • Business  –  4D2XH-PRBMM-8Q22B-K8BM3-MRW4W
  • Home Premium  –  X9HTF-MKJQQ-XK376-TJ7T4-76PKF
  • Home Basic  –  RCG7P-TX42D-HM8FM-TCFCW-3V4VD

Windows 7:

  • Ultimate  –  D4F6K-QK3RD-TMVMJ-BBMRX-3MBMV
  • Professional  –  HYF8J-CVRMY-CM74G-RPHKF-PW487
  • Home Premium  –  RHPQ2-RMFJH-74XYM-BH4JX-XM76F
  • Home Basic  –  YGFVB-QTFXQ-3H233-PTWTJ-YRYRV
  • Starter  –  7Q28W-FT9PC-CMMYT-WHMY2-89M6G

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Aug 10

MDT 2010 and deployment from a USB key

Note that the content in this guide has been updated to include deployment over a network, and some other tips/tricks.  After reading this, you might want to take a look at the updated guides here:


Have you ever wanted to put every version of Vista, Server 2008, Windows 7, Server 2008 R2, and perhaps a version of XP or two on a single USB key?  No?  Then you’re probably normal.  If you’re like me, however, the thought has crossed your mind.  However, the daunting task of configuring said USB key to boot to some multiboot Linux distro or hacking a bit at bcdedit to boot a WinPE to handle it also made it something to avoid, at least for me, because, well, I tend to be lazy about these things.

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