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Yesterday (July 7, 2010) an update to that ever-powerful and ever-useful Solution Accelerator called the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2010 was released. Those of you already familiar with the MDT already know that this is a very powerful (and FREE) tool from Microsoft that both instructs and then facilitates the creation of deployments of Windows Operating Systems, applications, drivers, updates, etc.. and even allows you to manage “task sequences” that perform operations such as deploying, capturing, or otherwise managing installation images.
This new update adds… well… I think the text from the download page sums it up best:
Some of the key changes in MDT 2010 Update 1 are: Comprehensive tools and guidance to efficiently manage large-scale deployments of Microsoft Office 2010. A new User-Driven Installation (UDI) deployment method that utilizes System Center Configuration Manager. UDI lets end users initiate and customize an OS deployment on their PCs—via an easy-to-use wizard. Automatically detects the true supported platforms for drivers, reducing deployment issues.
Some of the key changes in MDT 2010 Update 1 are:
“Sounds good, Kevin! Where do I get it?”
The downloads plus the documentation are found here: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=3bd8561f-77ac-4400-a0c1-fe871c461a89&displaylang=en&tm
For in-depth technical resources about deployment from Microsoft, check out the Deployment TechCenter on TechNet.
And for more information about other Solutions Accelerators, visit the Solution Accelerators home page.