The DaRT 8 beta has now been released and will be generally available as part of the next version of the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP) -- provides businesses using Windows 8 with a way to be more proactive with their desktop repair procedures.
"DaRT 8 beta is designed to help IT professionals easily recover PCs that have become unusable, rapidly diagnose probable causes of issues, and quickly repair unbootable or locked-out systems, all faster than the average time it takes to reimage the machine," Microsoft said.
DaRT 8 beta also supports some of the new hardware specifications that are rolling through 2012, including support for GUID Partition Tables and the UEFI boot process, which are integral parts to Windows 8.
New features specific to the DaRT 8 beta includea:
- Repair PCs instead of reimaging. The DaRT 8 beta enables IT professionals to easily recover PCs that have become unusable, rapidly diagnose probable causes of issues, and quickly repair unbootable or locked-out systems, all faster than the average time it takes to reimage the machine.
Use scripts to enable image creation. The DaRT 8 beta has an image creation wizard that is now built on top of PowerShell cmdlets, allowing IT departments to mount, create, apply, ad dismount and burn via scripting - ultimately letting the image creation process be saved and repurposed for later use. This kind of automation should save IT departments some time.
- Provide native support for USB media deployments. In previous versions of DaRT, additional tools were required to place DaRT images on USB drives. With DaRT 8 beta, this functionality is natively supported in the image creation wizard, minimizing the number of tools required for USB deployment.
- Create multiple images from one device. The DaRT 8 beta is able to create both 32-bit and 64-bit images on a single machine and transfer them between.
- Choose the output format. Now as part of the image creation process, WIM and ISO output formats are supported in the DaRT 8 beta so that IT departments are sure the right format is an option for a broader deployment plan.
Additionally, Microsoft announced the availability of the MDOP 2011 R2 Language Update, that contains localized versions of DaRT 7.0 and Microsoft BitLocker Administration and Monitoring (MBAM).
You can sign up and download the beta installer files from the DaRT 8 Connect site.