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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for taking the time to help improve the MDT product feature and functions. Your time and assistance are much appreciated.
- Join MDT 2012 Beta 1 and tell the MDT team what you think!
- Help spread the word—share the beta invitation link with your friends.
- Send your comments to the MDT Team.
- Learn more about the MDT.
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