Understanding ADKs and OPKs #Unattended #windows8 Installation Windows #ADK

there are great blog post about unattended installations but did you know Microsoft has also a deployment site. with great info on the site ?

And you should know Windows XP is old and so 2012. Now it is 2013 and ready to move on !

Hyper-V 3.0 and Windows 8 or at least Windows 7 and yes the deployment can be done on so many ways.  but in this part I don’t care where to get the info that is the key to success.

Windows 2012

Windows ADK overview
The Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit (Windows ADK) is a collection of tools and documentation that you can use to customize and deploy Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 operating systems to new computers and servers. It includes the deployment tools that were previously released as part of the OEM Preinstallation Kit (OPK) and has two key scenarios:

•Windows deployment
•Windows assessment


For details about the Windows ADK and how to install it, visit the Windows 8 ADK page on this website.

Windows 8 ADK

Use these tools and documentation to customize and deploy Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012.

Windows OPK
Use the Windows OPK to help you preinstall Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 operating systems.

Microsoft Office Single Image v15.1 OPK
Use this set of tools, product files, and documentation for preloading Office 2013 suites on new PCs distributed to end users.

Windows SBS 2011 Standard OPK
Use these tools and documentation to preinstall the Windows Small Business Server 2011 Standard operating system.

Windows Server Solutions OPK
Tools and supporting documentation to preinstall SBS 2011 Essentials, Windows Home Server 2011, and Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 Essentials.

Internet Explorer 9 OPK
Use these tools and documentation to preinstall Windows Internet Explorer 9 in 38 languages.

Microsoft Security Essentials OPK
Use the OPK to support the configuration and deployment of Microsoft Security Essentials as a free preinstalled security solution for Windows 7.

Windows Essentials OPK
Use the installer application and instructions to silently install and configure Windows Essentials.

Skype OPK
Use the installer application and instructions to silently install Skype for customers.


Features in the Windows ADK

Depending on your business needs, you can use all or part of the tools and resources available in the Windows ADK. Review the following table for details.

Windows Preinstallation Environment (Windows PE)
Windows PE is a minimal operating system designed to prepare a computer for installation and servicing of Windows.

Deployment Tools
Deployment tools enable you to customize, manage, and deploy Windows images. They can be used to automate Windows deployments, removing the need for user interaction during Windows setup. Deployment tools include:

  • Deployment Image Servicing and Management (DISM) tool
  • Windows System Image Manager (SIM)
  • OSCDIMG, BCDBoot, DISMAPI, WIMGAPI, and other tools and interfaces

Windows Performance Toolkit (WPT)
The WPT records system events by using Event Tracing for Windows, and analyzes performance data in a graphical user interface. The WPT includes:

  • Windows Performance Recorder
  • Windows Performance Analyzer
  • Xperf

Windows Assessment Toolkit
The Windows Assessment Toolkit includes tools to discover and run assessments on a single computer. Assessments are tasks that simulate user activity and examine the state of the computer. Assessments produce metrics for various aspects of the system, and provide recommendations for making improvements. The Windows Assessment Toolkit includes:

  • Windows Assessment Console
  • Assessments

Windows Assessment Services
Windows Assessment Services contains an application to remotely manage settings, computers, images, and assessments in a lab environment where it is installed. This application can run on any computer with access to the server that is running Windows Assessment Services.