Here’s the demonstration setup I’ll be using for the deployment session I’m presenting on Friday. I’ll be talking about Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 deployment. The technologies covered are WAIK, WDS and MDT 2010.
The demo machine is a Dell Latitude 6500. It normally boots Windows 7 but I have attached an eSATA 7.2K 250GB hard drive. That gives me decent speed on external storage; it’s also storage you can install Windows on to. I boot the laptop up from that drive. On there is Windows Server 2008 R2 with Hyper-V enabled.
On the parent partition is VMM 2008 R2 which I use to deploy new machines from templates stored in the library. I’ve also installed Office 2007 so I can run PowerPoint and Office LiveMeeting 2007 so I can run the webcast. I run LiveMeeting with the entire desktop shared and use a Polycom room microphone to pick up sound. If I’m at a podium then I like to get up and walk a little bit. I’ll also be using my laser pointer/clicker; it’s a decent sized thing – I don’t like little fiddly clickers.
There’s 5 demo VM’s configured. I have a domain controller running W2008 R2 with AD, DNS and DHCP enabled and configured. There is a deployment server running W2008 R2 with WDS enabled configured. I’ve also installed WAIK and MDT 2010, both partially configured. Some of the demos take too long for the session so I have some stuff pre-done. There’s an XP SP3 VM, a blank VM and a Windows 7 VM. The blank VM will be used to show the 3 types of deployment that I’ll be demonstrating, maybe even 4 given the time. The Windows 7 VM is there in case I have time to demonstrate capturing an image.
All VM’s have a snapshot of their demo ready state. I’ve defragged the disk to make the most of its speed. When I run the session I’ll be sharing the entire desktop and expanding each VM to full screen (it appears like an RDP session). This is because I’ll be plugged into a projector with a 1024*768 resolution and I need to be aware that viewers of the webcast will not be able to deal with huge resolutions. I’m not RDP’ing into VM’s because a lot of the time I’m working with machines when there is no RDP available, e.g. BIOS, setup, etc.
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