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So now we have the ability to Bring in an Operating System, Applications and setup silent installs.  But what’s the one thing that REALLY slows us down on installs?  It’s getting all those updates added and download and (again) manually running them.  

Well here we have a section in MDT called “Packages” and it is within this folder you can play all the .MSU and .CAB files you’ll need to update your systems.

Importing Packages is much like Applications, including the ability to create sub folders to sort them out.   Again with MDT 2010, let’s try to keep things as organized as possible since this makes the creation of our Task Sequences later far easier to be as selective as we need.

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I found it is ESPECIALLY important to keep the updates organized to allow you to easily select and deselect what you / want need on your base deployments.   When you run the “Import OS Packages” it literally just points to a root folder and pulls WHATEVER is in their like a giant vacuum.    

Where do you find those darn updates?  You’ve got the O/S and applications JUST the way you like it, or there is a critical Hotfix that causes some single program to work “Just right” and need to get the hyperlink easily.  It’s all stored in the Operating system.

In Windows 7 and Windows Vista, go to your “Windows Update”.  To get the update and download it all over again go to your Windows Update, View update history on the left hand side to get the complete list.

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Choose “View Details” and the corresponding box will contain two Hyperlinks.   Under “More Information” will be the Hyperlink to the Microsoft website where you should be able to get details about not only the update but where to download it.

You’ll want to make sure you have it organized since you may want to have to option of applying XPmode (as an example) on specific workstations or not.  In order to do that you’ll need to ensure it is well organized.  You’ll want those updates for XP separate from Windows 7.  The more cluttered it is with stuff it has to reject, the slower your overall install.

There are SOME updates (IE Service Pack 1) which do NOT fall into the Packages Category.   Office 2007 updates and many other Service Packs are simply executable files.  Those would be actually be imported in with the applications and would be treated as part of a “Bundle”

“But if we need to ensure certain Service Packs are applied AFTER the software is installed?  What if I want to make sure the Antivirus Agent is installed before Office, I need to make sure my Operating System Service Pack is applied before any applications are installed….”

Since these questions refer to things that “DEPEND” on each other we’ll get into that with Dependencies later.

Next time we’ll get into Importing the drivers you’ll need injected into your installation.

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