How to Deploy DaRT 8.0

The following instructions explain how to deploy Microsoft Diagnostics and Recovery Toolset (DaRT) 8.0 in your environment. To get the DaRT software, see How to Get MDOP. It is assumed that you are installing all functionality on one administrator computer. If you need to deploy or uninstall DaRT 8.0 on multiple computers, using an electronic software distribution system, for example, it might be easier to use command line installation options. Descriptions and examples of the available command line options are provided in this section.

Before you install DaRT, see DaRT 8.0 Supported Configurations to ensure that you have installed all of the prerequisite software and that the computer meets the minimum system requirements. The computer onto which you install DaRT must be running Windows 8 or Windows Server 2012.

You can install DaRT using one of two different configurations:

  • Install DaRT and all of the DaRT tools on the administrator computer.

  • Install on the administrator computer only the tools that you need to create the DaRT recovery image, and then install the Remote Connection Viewer and, optionally, Crash Analyzer on a help desk computer.

The DaRT installation file is available in both 32-bit and 64-bit versions. Install the version that matches the architecture of the computer on which you are running the DaRT Recovery Image wizard, not the computer architecture of the recovery image that you are creating.

You can use either version of the DaRT installation file to create a recovery image for either 32-bit or 64-bit computers, but you cannot create one recovery image for both 32-bit and 64-bit computers.

To install DaRT and all DaRT tools on an administrator computer

  1. Download the 32-bit or 64-bit version of the DaRT 8.0 installer file. Choose the architecture that matches the computer on which you are installing DaRT and running the DaRT Recovery Image wizard.

  2. From the folder into which you downloaded DaRT 8.0, run the MSDaRT80.msi installation file that corresponds to your system requirements.

  3. On the Welcome to the Microsoft DaRT 8.0 Setup Wizard page, click Next.

  4. Accept the Microsoft Software License Terms, and then click Next.

  5. On the Microsoft Update page, select Use Microsoft Update when I check for updates, and then click Next.

  6. On the Select Installation Folder page, select a folder, or click Next to install DaRT in the default installation location.

  7. On the Setup Options page, select the DaRT features that you want to install, or click Next to install DaRT with all of the features.

  8. To start the installation, click Install.

  9. After the installation has completed successfully, click Finish to exit the wizard.

To install DaRT and all DaRT tools on an administrator computer by using a command prompt

When you install or uninstall DaRT, you have the option of running the installation files at the command prompt. This section describes some examples of different options that you can specify when you install or uninstall DaRT at the command prompt.

The following example shows how to install all DaRT functionality.

msiexec /i MSDaRT80.msi ADDLOCAL=CommonFiles, DaRTRecoveryImage,CrashAnalyzer,RemoteViewer 

The following example shows how to install only the DaRT Recovery Image wizard.

msiexec /i MSDaRT80.msi ADDLOCAL=CommonFiles, ,DaRTRecoveryImage

The following example shows how to install only the Crash Analyzer and the DaRT Remote Connection Viewer.

msiexec /i MSDaRT80.msi ADDLOCAL=CommonFiles,CrashAnalyzer,RemoteViewer 

The following example creates a setup log for the Windows Installer. This is valuable for debugging.

msiexec.exe /i MSDaRT80.msi /l*v log.txt 

You can add /qn or /qb to perform a silent installation.

To validate the DaRT installation

  1. Click Start, and select Diagnostics and Recovery Toolset.

    The Diagnostics and Recovery Toolset window opens.

  2. Check that all of the DaRT tools that you selected for installation were successfully installed.

Deploying DaRT 8.0 to Administrator Computers