Including software updates in a deployment

by Mitch Tulloch [Published on 5 Jan. 2011 / Last Updated on 3 Nov. 2009]

You should be careful when adding software updates to Microsoft Deployment Toolkit.

You have to be careful when adding software updates to Microsoft Deployment Toolkit. While you can add software updates to the Packages node of your deployment share in Deployment Workbench, this isn't always a good idea. For example, let's say you download all the pre-SP1 updates for Windows 7 using your WSUS server and add each of these updates to the Packages node of your deployment share. Then you try and deploy Windows 7 to target computers and during the Installing Packages phase the deployment fails with the error "Windows could not apply unattend settings during pass [blank]". What may have happened here that one of the updates needs to be installed separately from the others, or perhaps the update doesn't like being installed offline. If this happens, you may need to install Windows 7 as-is and then let the target computers use WSUS to download and install the updates needed.

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The Author — Mitch Tulloch

Mitch Tulloch is a widely recognized expert on Windows administration, networking, and security. He has been repeatedly awarded Most Valuable Professional (MVP) status by Microsoft for his outstanding contributions in supporting users who deploy and use Microsoft platforms, products and solutions. Mitch has published over two hundred articles on different IT websites and magazines, and he has written or contributed to almost two dozen books and is lead author for the Windows 7 Resource Kit from Microsoft Press. For more information, see www.mtit.com .

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