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Nov112011

Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2012 Beta 2 Released With Support for SCCM 2012

The Solution Accelerators team announced the release of beta 2 of the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) 2012.

“The MDT 2012 Beta 2 offers new User-Driven Installation components and extensibility for Configuration Manager 2007 and Configuration Manager 2012. New features and enhancements make large-scale desktop and server deployments smoother than ever! Existing MDT users will find more reliability and flexibility with the many small enhancements and bug fixes and a smooth and simple upgrade process,” reveals Microsoft SA team.

Microsoft Solution Accelerators

Key Benefits:

  • Full use of the capabilities provided by System Center Configuration Manager 2012 for OS deployment.
  • Improved Lite Touch user experience and functionality.
  • A smooth and simple upgrade process for all existing MDT users.

New Features:

For System Center Configuration Manager customers:

  • Support for Configuration Manager 2012 (while still supporting Configuration Manager 2007)
  • New User-Driven Installation components for Configuration Manager 2007 and Configuration Manager 2012
  • Extensible wizard and designer, additional integration with Configuration Manager to deliver a more customized OS experience, support for more imaging scenarios, and an enhanced end-user deployment experience
  • Ability to migrate MDT 2012 task sequences from Configuration Manager 2007 to Configuration Manager 2012
  • For Lite Touch Installation:

    • Integration with the Microsoft Diagnostics and Recovery Toolkit (DaRT) for remote control and diagnostics
    • New monitoring capabilities to see the progress of currently running deployments
    • Support for deploying Windows to computers using UEFI
    • Ability to deploy Windows 7 so that the computer will start from a new VHD file, “Deploy to VHD”
    • Improved deployment wizard user experience

    For all customers:

    • Integration with configuration templates from the Security Compliance Manager Solution Accelerator, ensuring Windows is secure from the start
    • A simple mechanism for running Windows PowerShell scripts during a deployment, with task sequence environment and logging integration
    • Better partitioning support, creating the recommended partitioning structures on new computers and ensuring deployments work regardless of the current structure
    • A smooth and simple upgrade process for all existing MDT users
    • Many small enhancements and bug fixes

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