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Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2010 Update 1 (Beta) – New Features Overview

Just wanted to provide a quick preview of installing MDT 2010 Update 1.  I plan on creating several blog postings covering the new UDI feature (formerly Modena) and showing a few examples of what you can do with it. I would also highly recommend you read the documentation provided with MDT.

MDT (Microsoft Deployment Toolkit) 2010 Update 1 Overview

Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) is the recommended process and toolset for automating desktop and server deployment. MDT provides you with the following benefits:

  • Unified tools and processes required for desktop and server deployment in a common deployment console and collection of guidance.
  • Reduced deployment time and standardized desktop and server images, along with improved security and ongoing configuration management.

MDT 2010 Update 1 supports deployment of Windows® 7 and Windows Server® 2008 R2 in addition to deployment of Windows Vista®, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2003, and Windows XP. Features such as flexible driver management, optimized user interface workflow, and Windows PowerShell™ can simplify deployment and make your job easier. Deploy faster and easier with MDT 2010 Update 1.

New in MDT 2010 Update 1

  • Support for Microsoft Office 2010
  • Improvements to the Deployment Workbench driver import process, detecting each driver’s true supported platforms.
  • A new User-driven Installation (UDI) deployment method for Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2007. UDI gives information technology (IT) staff control over the deployment experience while empowering users to interact with and customize their operating system deployment through an easy-to-use wizard.
  • Many bug fixes and other small improvements.

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The main MDT install is pretty straight forward, so I won’t cover that.  As a note, you will need to upgrade your LTI deployment share once you install Update 1 if you are using any stand-alone MDT deployments. You will probably need to re-integrate your ConfigMgr MDT extensions as well just to be safe (I can’t verify one way or the other, so it doesn’t hurt to do it again), just re-run the “Configure ConfigMgr Integration” task.

In addition after installation you will see 2 new options in the Start Menu and I’ll cover those in more detail in a bit:

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In addition one of the new features is support for Office 2010 in Lite-Touch:

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You can launch the OCT right from within MDT:

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In ConfigMgr (ZTI), you will see a new Task Sequence available to choose called “User Driven Installation Task Sequence”:

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I noticed quite a few new steps in the Task Sequence versus a standard Client Deployment TS.  Here a few screen shots to show you a summary.

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Installing the UDI Config Service:

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If you encounter this error, then you will need to do the following steps:

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Download the URL Rewrite modules here:

Download the x86 version of the URL Rewrite module

Download the x64 version of the URL Rewrite module

Installing URL Rewrite:

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Now we are good to go on the UDI Service Config installation:

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Create a new folder for the virtual directory (called UDI in this example):

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Click Ok, then Next

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Configure your SQL Instance:

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Now you will see a new site in IIS after the installation:

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Next we’ll take a look at the UDI Wizard Designer. 

Launch it and you’ll see the start screen:

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You basically have 2 main sections in the UDI Designer, The Wizard screen and the Application screen.

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On the right of designer, you will see the options to enable/disable/silent panes:

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In the Workspace (center pane) you can work with and configure the pane items:

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When you are on various workspaces, you can configure additional items on the Action pane:

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The Application section allows for configuration of Applications present in UDI:

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The Package Selection allows importing of ConfigMgr packages:

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The OSD applications screen allows for display behavior off applications, what the dependencies are, if you want any mappings (if you have Adobe Reader 7.0, then install Adobe Reader 9.01) and delivery rules.

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The Applications Settings in the Action Pane allows for selecting apps by default (allowing user to uncheck) or locking a selection (always checked):

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Just a note on the XML’s used for driving the wizard (what you would edit with the Designer), the default XML used is UDIWizard_Config.xml which is located in the \scripts folder under your MDT 2010 Scripts Package you created in ConfigMgr.

That’s just a brief (sort-of) summary of the installation and new items in Update 1.  Hope that helps.

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