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