MDT 2012 Beta 2 Released

The latest of is now available on Connect (Join the MDT 2012 Beta 2 Connect program here!)

201 2 offers new User-Driven Installation components and extensibility for Configuration Manager 2007 and Configuration Manager as well as integration with the Diagnostics and Recovery Toolkit (DaRT) for Lite Touch Installation remote control and diagnostics.

Key benefits include:

  • Full use of the capabilities provided by System Center Configuration Manager 201 for OS deployment.
  • Improved Lite Touch user experience and functionality.
  • A smooth and simple upgrade process for all existing users.

New features For System Center Configuration Manager customers:

  • Support for Configuration Manager 2012 (while still supporting Configuration Manager 2007)
  • New User-Driven Installation components for Configuration Manager 2007 and Configuration Manager 201
    • Extensible wizard and designer, additional integration with Configuration Manager to deliver a more customized OS experience, support for more imaging scenarios, and an enhanced end-user deployment experience
  • Ability to migrate 201 task sequences from Configuration Manager 2007 to Configuration Manager 2012

New features For Lite Touch Installation:

  • Integration with the Diagnostics and Recovery Toolkit (DaRT) for remote control and diagnostics
  • New monitoring capabilities to see the progress of currently deployments
  • Support for deploying to computers using UEFI
  • Ability to deploy so that the computer will start from a new file, “ to VHD”
  • Improved deployment wizard user experience

201 the final release will be available download through to January 2012 I think.

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