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MDT 2012 Beta 2 Released

MDT 2012 Beta 2 Released

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The latest version of MDT is now available on Connect (Join the MDT 2012 Beta 2 Connect program here!)

MDT 2012 Beta 2 offers new User-Driven Installation components and extensibility for Configuration Manager 2007 and Configuration Manager 2012 as well as integration with the Microsoft Diagnostics and Recovery Toolkit (DaRT) for Lite Touch Installation remote control and diagnostics.

Key benefits include:

  • 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

New features 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

MDT 2012 Beta 2 will be available for beta download through to January 2012.  

Already using the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit? the MDT team would like to hear about your experiences. Please send comments and suggestions to satfdbk@microsoft.com.

This post was contributed by Richard Smith, a Principal Consultant with Microsoft Services UK

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  • I am currently evaluating MDT2012 BETA 1 and have the following query regarding deploying to a VHD.

    I can successfully run the 'Deploy to VHD Client Task Sequence' on a machine which will Wipe the HDD, create a VHD and install W7 to the VHD which I can then boot from.

    Is it possible to use this task sequence to deploy W7 to a VHD that sits within an existing OS (Dual boot) e.g You have existing Windows 7 installation which remains intact and you deploy to for example a new VHD in C:\VHD\Test.vhd thus leaving the existing install and basically adding a new OS.

    I hope this makes sense and would appreciate any responses to this query.

  • Can I run native PS commands in the 'Run Powershell Script' sequence step or only PS scripts?

  • Correction to post above I am evaluating MDT2012 BETA 2..

    I am currently evaluating MDT2012 BETA 2 and have the following query regarding deploying to a VHD.

    I can successfully run the 'Deploy to VHD Client Task Sequence' on a machine which will Wipe the HDD, create a VHD and install W7 to the VHD which I can then boot from.

    Is it possible to use this task sequence to deploy W7 to a VHD that sits within an existing OS (Dual boot) e.g You have existing Windows 7 installation which remains intact and you deploy to for example a new VHD in C:\VHD\Test.vhd thus leaving the existing install and basically adding a new OS.

    I hope this makes sense and would appreciate any responses to this query.

  • grr I always get a page not found when trying the link to connect.  I cant even see MDT in the connect product directory at connect.microsoft.com/directory

    whats it hidden under? :-(

  • Hi Simon,

    Try the following link - connect.microsoft.com/.../Microsoft%20Deployment%20Toolkit

    Thanks,

    Ben

  • still fails with The content that you requested cannot be found or you do not have permission to view it.

    regardless if I am signed into connect or not, and I have now tried 3 connect accounts (created a new one).

    wierd but not the end of the world.

  • aha, if people are having trouble finding this beta on Connect, create a new Live profile and make sure you select US for the location.  Probably works for most countries, but not all

  • Hi Simon,

    Can you please email me directly, I would like to esculate this internally for you. My email should be easy to figure out ;).

    Thanks,

    Ben Hunter

  • looking forward for it

  • Where might I find a copy of MDT 2012 Update 2?  The link above pointed back to update 1...

  • Hi Bob,

    There is no MDT 2012 Update 2. Update 1 is the latest.

    Thanks,

    Ben

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