Sunday, July 20, 2014

Upgrading MDT Server 2012 to 2013 the easy way...

Upgrading MDT 2012 to MDT 2013

So I finally got my deployment environment working great and now my boss comes to me and asks me why we still don't support Microsoft Windows 8.1. Good question right except not so much because it means that I now need to upgrade my server in order to support this new feature, not to fear :-)

Before we move to the next stage please check out my Operating System Support table bellow to see if this upgrade is appropriate for your organization or not.

Operating Systems
MDT 2012
MDT 2013
Microsoft Windows XP x86 SP3
Supported
Not Supported
Microsoft Windows XP x64 SP3
Supported
Not Supported
Microsoft Windows Server 2003 x86
Supported
Not Supported
Microsoft Windows Server 2003 x64
Supported
Not Supported
Microsoft Windows Server 2003 R2 x86 SP2
Supported
Not Supported
Microsoft Windows Server 2003 R2 x64 SP2
Supported
Not Supported
Microsoft Windows Vista x86 SP2
Supported
Not Supported
Microsoft Windows Vista x64 SP2
Supported
Not Supported
Microsoft Windows Server 2008 x86 SP2
Supported
Not Supported
Microsoft Windows Server 2008 x64 SP2
Supported
Not Supported
Microsoft Windows 7 x86 SP1
Supported
Supported
Microsoft Windows 7 x64 SP1
Supported
Supported
Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1
Supported
Supported
Microsoft Windows 8 x86
Supported
Supported
Microsoft Windows 8 x64
Supported
Supported
Microsoft Windows Server 2012
Supported
Supported
Microsoft Windows 8.1 x86
Not Supported
Supported
Microsoft Windows 8.1 x64
Not Supported
Supported
Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2
Not Supported
Supported

Note: For older organizations that require continued to support for Microsoft Windows XP this is no supported method to install Microsoft Windows XP from MDT 2013. For organizations that require this additional support I recommend that you review my previous blog on maintaining multiple servers and upgrade the newly created server.

Preparation

  1. Download Microsoft ADK for Windows 8.1 Update 
  2. Download Microsoft MDT 2013
  3. Backup your existing Deployment Share (Although if done correctly no changes will be made to your applications or images just the same, it's always a good practice to backup your deployment share before making serious changes.
  4. Make sure that no computers are being installed from the Deployment Share at present

The Upgrade Process

  • Uninstall Microsoft ADK Windows 8
o   Open the Control Panel 
o   Choose Uninstall a program 
o   Choose the Assessment and Deployment Kit 
o   Click Uninstall 
o   Click Yes 
o   Click Close 

Note: At this stage you will not be able to make any further changes to the Deployment Share. However Operating System Deployment although not recommended should still be possible.

Installing Microsoft ADK Windows 8.1 Update 1


o   Run the adksetup.exe as an Administrator 

o   Click Next 

o   Click Next 
o   Click Accept 
o   For a Basic Installation Please Choose the Following Options Exclusively
§  Deployment Tools
§  Windows Preinstallation Environment (Windows PE)
§  Microsoft SQL Express 2012
§  Click Install 

§  Click Close 

·         Upgrade the MDT 2012 Application to MDT 2013

o   Double click on the previously downloaded MDT 2013 MSI 

o   Click Next 


o   Check the Box ‘I accept the terms in the License Agreement’ and click Next 


o   Click Next 


o   Click Next 


o   Click Install 


o   Click Finish 

Upgrade the Deployment Share


o   Open the Deployment Workbench 

o   Open the Deployment Share Node 

o   Click on your Deployment Share and you should get the following message 

o   Right Click on your Deployment Share and choose Upgrade Deployment Share 

o   Click Next 

o   Click Finish 

o   If all went well you should get all your folders back exactly where you left off 

o   Right Click on your Deployment Share Choose Update Deployment Share 

o   Choose Completely Regenerate the boot Images and click Next 
o   Click Next
o   Click Finish

Add Your Boot Images to the Windows Deployment Server


·         Open the Windows Deployment Server Console 

o   Open the Servers Node

o   Open Your Server Node 
o   Delete any Pre-Existing MDT Boot Images
o   Right click on Boot Images and Choose Add Boot Image…
o   Enter the path to your boot image and click Next
o   Click Next 
o   Click Next