The next version of the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit - version 2012 - is available for beta download since a few weeks. To participate, register for MDT 2012 Beta 1 at Microsoft Connect.

Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) 2012 Beta 1 rides the next wave of System Center releases with support for System Center Configuration Manager 2012. For Lite Touch installations, MDT 2012 improves the overall client-side user experience, while also providing behind-the-scenes enhancements for partitioning, UEFI, and user state migration. These features, combined with many small enhancements, bug fixes, and a smooth and simple upgrade process, make MDT 2012 Beta 1 more reliable and flexible than ever.

Key benefits include:

  • Fully leverages 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 include:

For System Center Configuration Manager customers:

  • Support for Configuration Manager 2012 (while still supporting Configuration Manager 2007)

For Lite Touch Installation:

  • More flexible partitioning
  • Enhanced client-side user experience
  • Integrated UEFI deployment capabilities
  • New “Deploy to VHD” scenario

For all customers:

  • Improved user state migration process
  • Many small enhancements and bug fixes

Tell the MDT team what you think! To participate in the MDT 2012 Beta 1 program, download and test the tool in your environment and then provide timely feedback and suggestions to our development team. MDT 2012 Beta 1 runs through August 2011. Please submit your feedback through Connect and direct any support questions you may have to satfdbk@microsoft.com. Thank you for taking the time to help improve the MDT product feature and functions.

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