If you’re thinking about how best to upgrade machines within your environment from Windows XP to Windows 7, you’d be hard pressed to find a better solution than the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2010.  MDT 2010 allows you to deploy Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 and is the recommended process and toolset for automating desktop and server deployment. MDT provides you with the following benefits:

  • Unified tools and processes required for desktop and server deployment in a common deployment console and collection of guidance.
  • Reduced deployment time and standardized desktop and server images, along with improved security and ongoing configuration management.
  • Fully automated Zero Touch Installation deployments by leveraging System Center Configuration Manager 2007 Service Pack 2 Release Candidate and Windows deployment tools. For those without a System Center Configuration Manager 2007 infrastructure, MDT leverages Windows deployment tools for Lite Touch Installation deployments.
What’s New in MDT 2010
Improvements to the newest version of MDT allow you to:
  • Access deployment shares from anywhere on the network and replicate files and settings across organizational boundaries or sites.
  • Organize and manage drivers, operating systems, applications, packages, and task sequences with an improved UI.
  • Automate UI functionality using the Windows PowerShell command line interface.

Now, before you go diving in there head-first to play with it, I’d take a look at these 2 short videos.  These are the first 2 parts, of what I presume, will be a longer series, but these are certainly enough to get you going with MDT 2010.

Part 1: Building the Deployment Environment: Learn how to build media that will automatically migrate computers from Windows XP to Windows 7 with user data, custom applications and drivers. This demonstration will walk you through the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) Deployment Workbench and how it works.

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Part 2: Initiating the Install and Migrating the PC: Explore the user experience for migrating the Windows XP computer to Windows 7 and how brief - or "lite touch" - interaction is required up front to automate the entire process of data migration, OS installation, driver and application customization, and domain join.

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Pretty useful if you want to get a heads up on MDT 2010!