The next version of the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) —version 2012— is now available for beta download. To participate in the beta program, register for MDT 2012 Beta 1 at Microsoft Connect.

MDT is the recommended process and toolset to automate large-scale server deployments.  Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) 2012 Beta 1 rides the next wave of System Center releases with support for System Center Configuration Manager 2012. For Lite Touch installations, MDT 2012 Beta 1 improves the overall client-side user experience, while also providing behind-the-scenes enhancements for partitioning, UEFI, and user state migration. These features, combined with many small enhancements, bug fixes, and a smooth and simple upgrade process, make MDT 2012 Beta 1 more reliable and flexible than ever.

Key benefits include:

  • Fully leverages the capabilities provided by System Center Configuration Manager 2012 for OS deployment
  • Improved Lite Touch user experience and functionality
  • A smooth and simple upgrade process for all existing MDT users

 New features include:

For System Center Configuration Manager customers:

  • Support for Configuration Manager 2012 (while still supporting Configuration Manager 2007)

For Lite Touch Installation:

  • More flexible partitioning
  • Enhanced client-side user experience
  • Integrated UEFI deployment capabilities
  • New “Deploy to VHD” scenario

For all customers:

  • Improved user state migration process
  • Many small enhancements and bug fixes

Tell the MDT team what you think! To participate in the MDT 2012 Beta 1 program, download and test the tool in your environment and then provide timely feedback and suggestions to the development team. MDT 2012 Beta 1 runs through August 2011. Please submit your feedback through Connect and direct any support questions you may have to Thank you for taking the time to help improve the MDT product feature and functions. Your time and assistance are much appreciated.

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