Now Available: Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2012 Beta 1

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

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