Microsoft Details the Bug Fixes and Compatibility Enhancements Available for Microsoft Deployment Toolkit

Microsoft delivered an update an update to its Microsoft Deployment Toolkit back in December, but has now released the nuts and bolts about what exactly was changed. What’s Changed in MDT 8450 In essence, a couple templates were modified and various script bugs were squashed to ensure proper operation. This type of information is for those who like to know the nitty-gritty details and those who may have been stung by specific problems related to the resolved bugs. This “toolkit” is used widely for deploying Windows operating systems and creating corporate standard images.   Looking for an awesome, no-nonsense technical conference for IT Pros, Developers, and DevOps? IT/Dev Connections kicks off in Dallas, Texas in 2018!

Microsoft Deployment Toolkit Updated to Support Windows 10 1709

Microsoft has now released an update to its Microsoft Deployment Toolkit. This update brings support for Windows 10 version 1709, allowing customers to build and distribute corporate standard images using the latest Windows 10 version. Available for download here: Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT), build 8450 Some of the key changes in this build of MDT are: Support for the Windows ADK for Windows 10, version 1709 Support for Windows 10, version 1709 Support for Configuration Manager, version 1710 Improvements to deployment and upgrade of Windows 10 Looking for an awesome, no-nonsense technical conference for IT Pros, Developers, and DevOps? IT/Dev Connections kicks off in Dallas, Texas in 2018!

Comprehensive Guide to OSD Front Ends

So, what are front ends, and why do you need them? Within the Guide to OSD Front Ends, you will learn what front ends are and how you can use them. Included are a variety of other MVP and community tools from MVPs like Niall Brady, Nickolaj Andersen and Maurice Daly, as well as many others to help you get the most out of using front ends. Front ends are about making a task sequence dynamic and flexible without having to pre-define every permutation. Front ends are also about enabling dynamic behavior based on user input as defined at deployment time. They work by populating task sequence variables. These variables are used by task sequences to perform various configurations, conditionally execute a task, or otherwise provide configuration information. There are many variables and different...

PowerShell Tool: MDT Light Monitor

From the myITforum TipLine: Created by Damien Van Robaeys, the MDT Light Monitor monitors your Deployment Share.  The tool gives insight into running, completed and failed deployments. You will be also able to be notified when a deployment is completed or not by a GUI and by mail. Download: MDT Light Monitor Tool Looking for an awesome, no-nonsense technical conference for IT Pros, Developers, and DevOps? IT/Dev Connections kicks off in San Francisco in 2017!

MDT FAQ & Getting Started Guide

Microsoft and the Microsoft MVP community are curating a resource to help manage frequently asked questions about the new versions of the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) announced on November 14, 2016. MDT is a product made by Microsoft to assist in the Deployment of Windows. It sits on top of other Microsoft technologies and tools like the WAIK/ADK, USMT, PXE/WDS, WSIM, Windows OOBE setup, and System Center Configuration Manager, and provides a single interface and environment for these tools. It’s fully supported by Microsoft, and has a well-established community of IT Professionals that use it. Full FAQ is maintained here: MDT TechNet Forum – FAQ & Getting Started Guide Looking for an awesome, no-nonsense technical conference for IT Pros, Devs, and DevOps? IT/Dev Connection...

Updated Microsoft Deployment Toolkit Released, Now Also Forgoes Version Numbers

Microsoft is trying desperately to move away from placing major version  numbers on its products. As seen with Windows 10 and also System Center Configuration Manager, a new release of the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) also attempts to eliminate major version numbers. Microsoft explains… You may notice that we are not tagging this release with a year or update version. To better align with the current branches of Windows 10 and Configuration Manager, and to simplify the branding and release process, we are now just referring to it as the “Microsoft Deployment Toolkit”, using the build number to distinguish each release. Build 8443 of MDT is now available HERE on the Microsoft Download Center. The update also requires the Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit (ADK) for Windows 10...

MDT Monitor Tool v1.5

Hi, It has been too long since I wrote anything but here comes a small update. Hopefully I get more time to blog all things I’ve been wanting to share soon. I have just updated my MDT Monitor Tool to version 1.5 (Download), this version adds the “Start Time” column. So if you have many deployments ongoing or finnished you can now sort on start time.   New in v1.5: Added Start Time as a value in the columns so you can sort on when a deployment was started Removed the empty column to the left.   New in v1.4: Fixed bug where Dart Remote Viewer didnt work Option to show client local time instead of UTC, edit config.xml to enable/disable   New in v1.2: Fixed Dart Remote Viewer not connection to full ip Issue: 1222   New in v1.1: Added timers for autorefresh...

New Build of MDT 2013 Update 1 Coming to Fix Mounting Issues

The issues with MDT 2013 Update 1 are mounting  – seemingly at an alarming rate. Maybe it was released too soon. Maybe it wasn’t tested in enough real customer environments or in enough possible scenarios. Whatever the case, there’s quite a list of issues that are accumulating: MDT 2013 Update 1 Release Notes and Known Issues With the issue list growing, Microsoft is promising that a new build will be available in the coming weeks… Given the number of issues with this build we will release a newer build of MDT 2013 Update 1 in the next several weeks to address as many of these issues as we can.

MDT 2013 Update 1 released for Windows 10 Support

As announced on the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit team blog, MDT 2013 Update 1 is available for download.  When combined with the ADK for Windows 10, you can now build custom Windows 10 images, deploy Windows 10 to new machines, and upgrade existing machines.

Windows Updates Reporting Tool

I have written the following PowerShell script that will generate a CSV file listing all of the updates installed during the build and in the exact order they were installed.

MDT 2013 Update 1 Due this Month to Support Windows 10 Deployments

In case you missed it, as part of the announcement for the release of the Windows 10 ADK, Microsoft’s Aaron Czechowski briefly commented on the status of the next version of the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT). MDT 2013 Update 1 is currently planned to release in August (this month). As Aaron stated, Microsoft is working hard to finalize the update, hoping that sign-off will come quickly enough for companies to start deploying Windows 10 en masse right away.

Supporting Windows 10 in Your Environment

Now that Windows 10 has been released to the public, it’s time to update your environment to support management and deployment of the new operating system.  Below are some of the common toolsets to consider updating, along with links to the relevant updates at release time and some notes. Shameless NinjaCat T-Rex Wallpaper Screenshot (A few ot these items are still pending release as of the Windows 10 public release, but they are expected in short order and I will update the post with the links as they become available.)   Group Policy Admin Templates – While the Windows 8.1 group policy templates contain a lot of the updated settings you might want for managing Windows 10, particularly if you’re moving from Windows 7, there are still some new settings specific to Wi...

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