Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2013 Update 1 Has Arrived!


We had to wait a couple of week (since the launch of Windows 10), but it’s finally there : MDT 2013 Update 1!

At the moment (August 19th) it’s not yet available at



……… but Aaron has put a nice blogpost together over at the /MSDeployment Blog.


“The Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) 2013 Update 1 is now available on the Microsoft Download Center. This update requires the Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit (ADK) for Windows 10, available on the Microsoft Hardware Dev Center. (Scroll to the bottom of the page to the section, “Customize, assess, and deploy Windows on your hardware.” The page also includes other Windows kits; remember for deployment you only need the Windows ADK for Windows 10.)

Significant changes in MDT 2013 Update 1:

  • Support for the Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit (ADK) for Windows 10
  • Support for deployment and upgrade of Windows 10
  • Support for integration with System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager SP1 with the Windows 10 ADK (see this post on the Configuration Manager Team blog for more information on using the Windows 10 ADK with Configuration Manager)

Here is a more detailed list of some specific changes in this release:

  • Support for new Enterprise LTSB and Education editions of Windows 10
  • Support for modern app (.appx) dependencies and bundles
  • Improved support for split image files (.swm)
  • Switched to using DISM for imaging processes (instead of deprecated ImageX)
  • Deployment Workbench revisions for deprecated content
  • Enhanced accessibility within the Deployment Workbench
  • Revised lists of time zones, regions and languages in the Deployment Wizard
  • Removed Start menu shortcut for “Remove PXE Filter”
  • Several MVP recommended fixes for Windows Updates, password handling, and PowerShell cmdlets
  • Added missing OOBE settings to Unattend.xml
  • Unattend.xml default screen resolution changed to allow for automatic scaling
  • Updated task sequence binaries from System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager SP1
  • New GetMajorMinorVersion function for integer comparison of Windows version numbers

We are still working to update the MDT documentation on TechNet, so in the short-term will use this blog to share any additional necessary information regarding this release.”

Deploying Windows 8 Release Preview with MDT 2012 Update 1 (Beta)

Today Microsoft has released the beta version of MDT 2012 Update 1. You can upgrade the following versions of MDT with the MDT 2012 Update 1 Beta :

  • MDT 2008 Update 1
  • MDT 2010
  • MDT 2010 Update 1
  • MDT 2012

After you installed MDT 2012 Update 1, you should upgrade your deployment share. You should also read the Release Notes where you can find some more tips about this new version.

Some of the new features :

  • Support for using the DaRT 8 Beta with the Windows 8 Release Preview version of the Assessment and Deployment Kit (ADK).
  • New “Build Your Own Pages” support for User-Driven Installation (UDI), enabling IT pros to create new wizard panes using simple drag-and-drop operations – no coding required.
  • Integration with System Center Orchestrator, enabling task sequences to invoke Orchestrator runbooks at any point in the deployment process.
  • Completely reworked “Roles and Features” logic, supporting both installation and removal, as well as providing a new Lite Touch wizard pane for selecting roles and features to install at deploy time.
  • Support for PowerShell 3.0 to make it easier to run PowerShell scripts inside task sequences on Windows 8, Windows Server 2012, and Windows PE 4.0.
  • Simple monitoring functionality for Configuration Manager task sequences, leveraging the monitoring capabilities provided initially in MDT 2012 for Lite Touch deployments.
  • Improved “boot from VHD” deployment capabilities, supporting both bare metal and refresh deployment

Instead of the Windows AIK (for Windows 7), you can now use the Windows ADK to deploy Windows 8 Release Preview and Windows 7. When installing Windows 7 using Setup.exe with Windows PE 4.0 from the Windows ADK, two error dialog boxes are displayed while still in Windows PE. The dialog boxes do not affect the deployment, but you must click OK in each of them before the deployment process will continue.

I created a small (7 minute) video of a default Windows 8 Release Preview deployment with the new version of MDT. Please leave a comment if you like it.

Springboard : Managing Windows 7 with DISM


Today I read a really interesting article from Justin Rodino at the Springboard Series blog. In this article Justin describes how you can use DISM (Deployment Image Servicing and Management Tool) to manage (and deploy) your images.

A small quote :

DISM – the Deployment Imaging Servicing and Management Tool is a new part of Windows 7 that has been created to help you manage (and deploy) images with greater ease. Previous versions of Windows included tools such as:

  • ImageX – a tool which allowed you to mount offline images
  • Pkgmgr – A device driver and package manager
  • PEImg – A WindowsPE Utility to prepare images once edited with pkgmgr
  • Intlcfg – An International Settings Configuration Tool

All of the above tools have very specific feature sets, but using these makes modifying and changing the created images very cumbersome. The first problem naturally was which tool to use when.  Once you figured this out, you had to go through a series of steps in order to get the image mounted – of which you could only do “offline” – and when completed you had to recompile or re-make the new image you wished to deploy.  With DISM, all of these tools become one and even better – you can do certain things to an “online” or live image.  What we’re going to do is take a quick look at DISM, get some information about our current installation as well as service it, whilst using it.


Read the whole article at the Springboard Series blog.

MS Webcast : Windows 7 Deployment Enhancements

MS Springboard

Received from MSSpringboard @ TwitterTechNet Webcast : Windows 7 Deployment Enhancements (Level 200):

Discover the enhanced deployment capabilities available in the Windows 7 operating system. In this webcast, we explore virtual hard disk (VHD) image management and deployment, dynamic driver provisioning, and multicast multiple stream transfer functionality that is used with Windows Deployments Services for operating system deployments. We discuss the Automated Installation Kit (AIK) for Windows 7, which includes Deployment Image Servicing and Management (DISM) to create Windows 7 deployment packages; we show you how to deploy Windows 7 to a bare metal machine and upgrade existing Windows Vista computers to Windows 7 using Windows Deployment Services included in the Windows Server 2008 R2 operating system; and we demonstrate  how to provision VHDs using Windows Deployment Services.

If you’re into OS Deployment and you really like AIK, DISM and Windows 7 you really should attend this Webcast! It starts at Wednesday, June 10, 2009 at 10:00 AM Pacific Time!

What : Windows 7 Deployment Enhancements Webcast (Level 200)
Where : Register through this website
When : Wednesday, June 10, 2009 at 10:00 AM (PST) (What time in my region?)

Business Desktop Deployment (BDD) is now Microsoft Deployment!

I recieved the following e-mail from Microsoft Connect this evening :

We are pleased to announce the RC1 release and new name for the fourth generation deployment Solution Accelerator, Microsoft Deployment. The current generation of automated deployment tools from Microsoft is increasingly unified; the same tools, utilities and products in many cases offer support and functionality for desktop and server deployment tasks. Following the trend of unified tools, the Business Desktop Deployment team has incorporated new functionality and guidance to support automated server deployment in addition to desktop deployment capabilities. This expanded feature set, with its guidance and ability to automate installation of Windows client and server operating systems – as well as applications – has effectively outgrown the current name, Business Desktop Deployment. Previous Beta releases have been using the code name “Deployment 4” to refer to Microsoft Deployment before the name was finalized.

Microsoft Deployment is the next version of Business Desktop Deployment (BDD) 2007. It unifies the tools and processes required for desktop and server deployment into a common deployment console and collection of guidance. Microsoft Deployment adds integration with current Microsoft deployment technologies – System Center Configuration Manager 2007, Windows Deployment Services, and the Windows Automated Installation Kit – to create a single path for image creation and automated installation. Microsoft Deployment adds integration with recently released Microsoft deployment technologies to create a single path for image creation and deployment, including:

  • System Center Configuration Manager 2007 Operating System Deployment
  • Windows Automated Installation Kit
  • Windows Deployment Services with new multicast technology
  • Application Compatibility Toolkit 5.0
  • User State Migration Tool 3.0.1
  • 2007 Office system
  • Windows Server 2008 Server Manager for automated server role definition

Enhanced Program on Microsoft Connect

This release candidate also offers an enhanced Microsoft Connect portal including technical frequently asked questions, deployment tips and tricks, a recommended 10-step program for new users to quickly get acquainted with deployment accelerators, customer-ready Solution Accelerator informational materials, and deployment-related conference presentations.

Accelerator Description

Microsoft Deployment combines the guidance and toolset from previous releases of Business Desktop Deployment and Beta releases of Windows Server Deployment. This release continues to support Zero Touch Installation (ZTI) of desktop operating systems using Systems Management Server (SMS) 2003 with the Operating System Deployment Feature Pack and adds new deployment and task sequencing capabilities for desktops and servers using System Center Configuration Manager 2007. Microsoft Deployment also continues to provide Lite Touch Installation (LTI) support without infrastructure requirements and adds capabilities for Windows Server 2003 and pre-release versions of Windows Server 2008.

New Features in Microsoft Deployment

Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2007 support, with the following features:

  • Full support for Windows Vista, Windows XP, and Windows Server 2003 deployments with Microsoft Deployment and Configuration Manager 2007.
  • Complete integration into the Configuration Manager 2007 admin console and task sequencing capabilities.
    • Quick start Configuration Manager 2007 operating system deployments using one wizard to create needed task sequences and packages.
    • Extension of the Configuration Manager 2007 task sequencing capabilities with new actions.
  • Feature parity with BDD 2007 and SMS 2003, including dynamic package installation, automatic determination of state store location, computer backup, and database settings.
  • Installation support for computers unknown to the Configuration Manager 2007 database
  • Added support for offline patching
  • Support for offline and online language pack installation
  • Deployment monitoring:
    • Updated Management Pack for System Center Operations Manager 2007

Lite Touch Installation (LTI) support for Windows Server 2008:

  • Support for deploying Windows Server 2008 Beta 3 and potentially RC1 (to be verified after RC1 release), including support for Server Core installation options.
  • Automated server role definition using Server Manager

Lite Touch Installation (LTI) enhancements:

  • Enhanced disk and network interface cards (NICs) configuration options, including support for static TCP/IP configuration.
  • Design changes to ease the migration from LTI to Configuration Manager 2007.
  • Support for multiple task sequence templates. New sample templates include:
    • Client template: Windows Vista, Windows XP
    • Server template: Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2008
    • Replace scenario template
  • Ability to invoke web service calls
    • Support for web service calls from rules
    • Web services can be invoked as part of the rules processing performed by Microsoft Deployment, using new rules that can be defined in CustomSettings.ini.
  • Support for BDD 2007 upgrade or side-by-side installation with Microsoft Deployment.

Lite Touch Installation (LTI) multicast support:

  • Deployment Workbench supports multicast transmission of operating system images when performing LTI deployments from Windows Server 2008 servers that are running Windows Deployment Services.

Microsoft Deployment RC1 is available as a download in the Microsoft Deployment Connection Program on Microsoft Connect.

Download Microsoft Deployment through the Microsoft Connect pages. 

Related Resources

Desktop Deployment Center on Microsoft TechNet

System Center Configuration Manager on Microsoft TechNet

System Center Configuration Manager evaluation software on Microsoft TechNet

Windows Server 2008 on Microsoft TechNet