Discover PDT v2.64
In episode 17 Frank and Alfred share some great information about PDT (PowerShell Deployment Toolkit) v2.64 and the awesome things you can do with it.
What is PDT?
At its most basic level PDT is a collection of scripts with the purpose of deploying System Center with prerequisites. PDT is very customizable, very powerful and very useful in spinning up non-production or even production System Center environments. PDT is absolutely not intended to replace any of the capabilities of System Center, rather, it is intended to help solve the problem of deploying System Center with advanced configuration if you don’t already have it in place. In just about 3 hours you can deploy all of System Center including SQL and all prerequisites, in a highly available configuration, including all of the automatable post-setup integration.
Get Some PDT
Once you have downloaded PDT, you will need to download a couple of things to get your’s up and running. Head over to the Microsoft Evaluation Software Center and get Windows Server 2012 R2. Part of the requirements to use PDT are that you have servers with Windows 2012 R2 installed, domain joined and local administrator privilege to them. However, PDT includes a script to help create Hyper-V VMs call VMcreator.ps1. For details on how to use this head over to the Building Clouds blog and get the details from Rob Willis. Also, since PDT requires some XML knowledge for variables.xml if this intimidates you there is a great new tool called The PDT GUI created by Benedict Berger and Kamil Kosek from Elanity Network Partner.
- Intro to PDT
- Rob Willis at TechEd 2014