Michael Niehaus' Windows and Office deployment ramblings
In MDT 2012 RTW that released back in April, we included support for DaRT 7, making it easy to add the DaRT components to Lite Touch boot images. See http://blogs.technet.com/b/mniehaus/archive/2011/11/28/mdt-2012-new-feature-dart-integration.aspx for more details on that.
With MDT 2012 Update 1 Beta 1, we added support for DaRT 8 Beta, while leaving support for DaRT 7 too. So if you are using Windows AIK, you would use DaRT 7; when you are using Windows ADK, you would use DaRT 8. (In general, DaRT releases are OS-specific, so DaRT 8 is for Windows 8 and DaRT 7 is for Windows 7.)
The basic functionality with DaRT 8 is the same as with DaRT 7: we add all the tools to the boot image, and we automatically run the remote agent so that you can make remote connections into Windows PE using the remote viewer (which is integrated into the MDT monitoring solution). Additional functionality in MDT 2012 Update 1:
See http://windowsteamblog.com/windows/b/springboard/archive/2012/03/28/microsoft-dart-8-beta-q-amp-a.aspx for more information on DaRT 8.
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Hi Michael, does this contain the W8 winpe-srt.cab, I can't seem to find it in the ADK. I see the MUI for it, but not the real deal.
FYI, I already worked around this by using the wim from my install DVD, am just looking for the actual file 'winpe-srt.cab' for doing it manually. Thanks.
Sorry, the SRT (Windows RE) component is not available except for the version that is preinstalled in the boot.wim on the Windows installation media.
Any particular reason why ?
It is unfortunate, but there is a (non-technical) reason for it.
DaRT 8 Beta now signals it has expired when PE boots and the RC does not seem to be available on Connect, VLCS or MSDN.
Any input would be welcomed.
Apparently you can install the DaRT beta on a clean system and it will work fine. On an existing system though, there is an expiration time for the beta.
Not a problem, the only non-technical reason I can think of is that you (i.e. MSFT/Ballmer) does not want us to have it. Good enough.
So must be somebody messed up on the ADK team and forgot to delete the MUI when they ripped it out of the RTM release. Nyuk nyuk nyuk.
Michael, (or anyone looking here)
can you have both DaRT8 & DaRT7 in the same deployment share? or will that cause issues?
No, you can't have both DaRT 7 and DaRT 8. Well, the files can be present but only one of the versions can be used. That's because they are specific to the version of Windows PE being used: DaRT 7 only works with Windows PE 3.0 (WAIK) while DaRT 8 only works with Windows PE 4.0 (ADK).
I tried to add DaRT 8 to MDT 2012 Update 1 DS and when update deployment share regenerate boot image, i got this error message:
The file 'C:\Users\ADM-EL~1\AppData\Local\Temp\MDTUpdate.800\Mount\windows\system32\winpeshl.ini' already exists.
You do get this when you regenerate your boot.win with the DART 7 tools.cab still in the tools folder with the toolsx86 and toolsx64 in there as well. If you go to deployment share tools folder it will tick both DART 7 and DART 8 and you get the below error.
Remove tools.cab out of the deployment share tools folder leaving the appropriate toolsx then you will have only DART 8 listed and then you should be able to re-generate your boot wim's
Once intergrated into the LT boot wims can you use the DaRT8 tool set on Windows 7 systems?
i have a MDT-environment with WINPE4 installed on Server2008R2.
The standard-installation of Dart8 prevents from installing on Server2008R2.
When installing Dart7 and starting a VM will reboot in the process (i think because Dart7 isn`t supported with MDT2012?)
When copying tools.cab from DART8 and import in MDT-bootimage, NO DART8-screen will appear during Pxe-Boot.
What can be done to have a combination of DART8/WINPE4 and MDT2012?
Somebody who is having a working senario like this?
Anybody who has a answer on my last question?