Deployment–PDT 2.5 is now available on the TechNet Gallery

Deployment–PDT 2.5 is now available on the TechNet Gallery

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PowerShell Deployment Toolkit version 2.5 has now been posted to the TechNet Gallery here.  Version 2.5 adds a number of enhancements:

  • Deployment of System Center 2012 R2 Preview.
  • Creation of Active Directory during VM creation for end to end isolated environment creation.
  • Static ports for SQL Server named instances to remove requirement for default instances for several components.
  • Validation of components that require full server installations and won’t run on server core.
  • Ability for VMCreator to use either 7-Zip or WinRAR instead of just WinRAR.
  • Ability to specify network adapter identifier during VM creation to allow Windows Server 2008 R2 and non-English OS installation.
  • Ability to specify timezone during VM creation.

Several of the above will the topics of further blog posts in the next few weeks, so stay tuned!

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  • nice!

  • Great improvements!

  • Thank you for R2!

  • Thank you for New Version of PDT, this is great.

  • Very nice, thank you for all the effort!

  • Anyone else having timeout issues? My downloads are stopping at between 5-8 minutes consistently...

  • I have also an issue for the download:

    Mount-DiskImage : The system cannot find the path specified.

    At C:\Users\ctroessaert\Downloads\PDT2.5.2500\Downloader.ps1:418 char:41

    +                         $ExtractSize = (Mount-DiskImage -ImagePath "$Download\Do ...

    + ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

       + CategoryInfo          : ObjectNotFound: (MSFT_DiskImage:ROOT/Microsoft/.../MSFT_DiskImage) [Mount-DiskImage], Ci


       + FullyQualifiedErrorId : HRESULT 0x80070003,Mount-DiskImage

    Dismount-DiskImage : The system cannot find the path specified.

    At C:\Users\ctroessaert\Downloads\PDT2.5.2500\Downloader.ps1:428 char:25

    +                         Dismount-DiskImage -ImagePath "$Download\Download\$Downl ...

    +                         ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

       + CategoryInfo          : ObjectNotFound: (MSFT_DiskImage:ROOT/Microsoft/.../MSFT_DiskImage) [Dismount-DiskImage],


       + FullyQualifiedErrorId : HRESULT 0x80070003,Dismount-DiskImage

  • It seems I have time outs as well, the download just stops. I tried killing it and restarting but then when finishing, it complains about corrupt files.

    I also get a ton of messages saying "Cannot find a variable with name xxxxxx"

    Anyone knows what to do?

  • Nice!!! thanks!

  • nice! thanks!

    @Christophe Troessaert

    I got the same errors. These are because the downloader does not downlaod the ISO for Windows Server 2012 any more and because of that the extration of the ISO fails. So you must first downlaod the ISO mannually to the right directory (by default C:\Installater\Download\WindowsServer2012 I think)

    See the last point at:

  • dpm 2012 r2 file is corrupt

  • is corrupt

  • There currently seems to be an issue with the DPM R2 download it comes up as corrupt each time you download it.

    When you try to extract it or double click on it then you get the error box with the following text.

    The Setup files are corrupted.  Please obtain a new copy of the program.


  • that is exacly what i mean

  • I am having trouble passing the Validating (Remote)...

    Validating servers and access. It failed on any account I used even though I can RDP to the servers with those accounts without any issue.

    Please help.