P2V Migration with MDT 2010

With the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit it was a piece of cake to deploy your machine with Windows XP, Windows 7 or even Windows Server 2008 R2. From now on it is also possible, with a MDT 2010 Add-on, to P2V your existing Windows XP, Windows Vista and even Windows 7 machine. Only (for now) the 32-bit version of these operating systems can be P2V’d. A virtualized version of the operating system can be used as a virtual machine inside your 32-bit or 64-bit Windows 7 machine.

The P2V Migration add-on is still in the beta stage right now, but because this add-on can be another positive vibe to (finally) migrate to Windows 7 I really would like to share it with you.

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Tech-Ed IT Pro 2008 : Windows 7 Client Deployment en MDT 2010 (Dag 2)


Aangezien Deployment een van mijn specialisaties is moest ik natuurlijk naar de sessie over Windows 7 Client Deployment.

Gelukkig hoor ik gelijk dat alles wat in gang is gezet voor het deployen van Windows Vista (MDT 2008, System Center Configuration Manager) gewoon hetzelfde blijft met het deployen van Windows 7.

MDT 2008 & MDT 2010
Op dit moment kun je de Pre-Beta van Windows 7 niet ‘default’  deploymen met de Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2008. Gelukkig is het met een paar eenvoudige aanpassingen in een paar configuratiebestanden van MDT 2008 wel mogelijk!

Jeremy kondigt aan dat bij de beta-release van Windows 7 er tevens een beta beschikbaar zal zijn van de nieuwe versie van de Microsoft Deployment Toolkit : MDT 2010. Naar alle waarschijnlijkheid zullen deze beta’s begin 2009 beschikbaar komen.

MDT 2008 and BDD 2007 are now Windows Vista SP1 and Windows Server 2008-Ready

Source : Microsoft Deployment Blog 

Windows Vista Service Pack 1 was Released to Web via Windows Update and Download Center this Tuesday and we know there are a lot of companies waiting to deploy it into production. You may be familiar with the Business Desktop Deployment (BDD) tools from the past and the latest version, dubbed Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) which was released in November. We changed the name from BDD because you can now build images and deploy desktops and servers (including Windows Server 2008) with the same toolkit and we thought MDT better reflected that functionality. Today we’re excited to announce the release of Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2008!  MDT makes imaging and deployment much easier with its new checklist and wizard-driven user interface. At the same time it continues to provide lots of great in-depth guidance for managing your deployment projects end-to-end, as well as quickstart guides if you want to quickly dive into the tools. If you are among the more than 350,000 people still using BDD 2007, we didn’t forget about you. An update for BDD 2007 to support SP1 imaging and deployment is also available today.

Both these tools can save you lots of time in planning and building out a standard desktop experience all the way to rolling OS images out into production.

In addition to Service Pack 1 support for Windows Vista, MDT 2008 also has the following  new features:

  • Full support for Windows Server 2008
  • Additional Actions including Configure DHCP, Authorize DHCP, Configure DNS, and Configure ADDS
  • New scripts that will automate the installation of Mass Storage Drivers for Windows XP and Windows 2003 Systems
  • Ability to use a WSUS server for the Windows Update script
  • Improved performance for the PXE Filter for System Center Configuration Manager unknown computer support
  • Improved documentation including a new Quick Start Guide for System Center Configuration Manager and a guide for implementing the Management Pack for System Center Operations Manager

Download Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2008
Download Updated Business Desktop Deployment 2007
Click here for more information about Microsoft Deployment