I just released Beta 2.0.2 of the MDT Web FrontEnd. As promised, I will keep on publishing new releases in short cycles, so you can have bug fixes and new features as soon as possible.
This it going to be a very important update and I urge you to download Version 2.0.2 as soon as possible, as it contains a whole bunch of fixes. Especially the MDT Database configuration, ConfigMgr Discovery and Active Directory Site discovery were pretty flaky if using an Internet Explorer < 9. IE9 and FireFox were and are working fine.
If upgrading from 2.0.1 be sure to also replace the web.config file (normally you can leave the web.config file as it just contains some configuration information and by keeping it, you will also keep your database connection setting), as I had to add some breaking changes into it. I will publish a separate post on How To upgrade those versions pretty soon.
Yesterday Johan Arwidmark and Mikael Nystrom presented their session “Why You Should Integrate Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2012 with Configuration Manager 2012” at MMS 2012. It was one of the best sessions I’ve seen for a while. If you haven’t had the chance to attend it in person, just sit down and watch this session On-Demand on Digital MMS (search for “Arwidmark” or “Nystrom”). You might recognize something at the end.
As you can see on the FrontEnd, my UI skills aren’t really, hm .. well .. . Let’s keep it at that. I would like to ask for some help on the UI part. So if you are good at designing frontends or simply have a liking for UI and aren’t at war with CSS, I really would appreciate, if you could support this project. Please contact me.
Additionally, I would also need some of you, that are willing to translate the FrontEnd into different languages. It currently supports English, German, French, Dutch, Swedish and Russian (Localization will be enabled in one of the next Beta versions). So if you think it should be available in another language, and you can also master that language, please feel free to contact me.
Finally, I also need some help on documentation. With this new version and the short release cycles, there is a real need on creating/updating documentation for the FrontEnd on how different things are working. Again, if you would like to support this project, and think that this would be something you could do, please don’t hesitate to contact me.
For all the above please contact me either via “Maik DOT Koster AT gmx DOT de” or via CodePlex. If you want to submit a problem/bug or request a feature, please file it on CodePlex (Discussions - Issue Tracker). That makes it easier to keep track.
Thanks to all who are using and testing this FrontEnd. Please keep testing the feedback coming.