Released – MDT 2012 Beta 1

The MDT team has been busy working on MDT 2012 and have announced the release of Beta 1 today.

Ok so what new things are you going to see when you install MDT 2012? Well you won’t see a lot really.

This beta is really about the “under-the-hood” stuff, those continuous improvements that that make MDT a great solution. So what do we get then?

  1. The biggest part of the update is support for Configuration Manager 2012
  2. The wizards have been updated and are now “prettier”
  3. Bugs from MDT 2010 Update 1 have been addressed

Of course there are more updates than this but these are my highlights.

Let’s go through this in a little more depth.

ConfigMgr 2012 Support – MDT 2012 beta 1 provides support for ConfigMgr 2012. You will not see any obvious changes vs. how this works with ConfigMgr 2010. So if you feel comfortable with using MDT with ConfigMgr 2007 then you will be fine with ConfigMgr 2012.

So how about the wizards. They definitely are “prettier” and more informative. Has you can see from the following screenshot the wizard is structured so that users can better understand where they are in the deployment process.


There are also some other smaller changes that I think are cool. As an example with MDT 2010 when you are creating an image it is very easy to see how the image creation process is progressing. However once you get to the task where the image is captured it looks like the task is frozen, you have no idea how long the capture process will take. Well now the MDT team have added a progress bar, so now I know how long my coffee break can be.  You can see it is the small things that keep me happy Smile.


These are just a couple of highlights of Beat. MDT 2012 Beta 1 is looking great and there will be more features in future betas. I am getting excited already!

So download MDT 2012 from Connect. Test it in your labs with ConfigMgr 2007 and 2012, then get on the forums and give your feedback.

This post was contributed by Ben Hunter, an Architect with Microsoft Services

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Comments (14)
  1. Anonymous says:

    Michael Niehaus et son équipe ont planché d’arrache-pied pour sortir la Bêta

  2. Anonymous says:

    Michael Niehaus et son équipe ont planché d’arrache-pied pour sortir la Bêta

  3. Anonymous says:

    Ben, I've had a custom solution for a real progress bar since 2010 was released, but this only worked when ImageX was being used: capture or apply.  With Windows 7, the Setup program is used to apply a custom WIM, thus the method of updating progress by reading in data from the imagex log didn't apply.  Does MDT 2012 now have a real progress for an Win7 image apply which uses SETUP rather than Imagex ?  I once looked into this, but was never able to find a setup log which consistently provided a status (in the panther dirs); nor have i stumbled onto a methodclass which could provide this info.  

  4. Ben Hunter says:

    Thanks for the catch on ConfigMgr 2010 everyone. That was a secret product that I shouldn't have mentioned. Or maybe it was a typo, I get confused with all of our year related product names.

  5. Ben Hunter says:

    Hi Andrea,

    I am not sure that there is a good walkthrough available. You are correct about how "deployment shares" have changed. I would suggest that you use DFS-R to replicate your Deployment Shares between locations.  You can then deployment images directly from the Atlanta location.



  6. jmurphy says:

    What is "ConfigMgr 2010"?  Is that an MS internal name for "ConfigMgr 2007 SP2 R3"?

  7. carl says:

    Great to see Ben blogging again – it's been a while!

    Thanks for the information

  8. PSS says:

    When did ConfigMgr 2010 got released ?

  9. Kub says:

    I didn't know we had ConfigMgr 2010 🙂

  10. LookingForSolutions says:

    MDT could definitely use a better user interface, and I don't mean pretty graphics.

    For example, why do we have to copy/paste GUIDs to customsettings.ini in order to make an application mandatory, or edit .ini files to define which pages of the wizard should be skipped?

    There should be a UI for such basic/essential tasks, instead of being forced to edit .ini and .xml files.

    I fear that many administrators don't bother to learn how to use MDT because it's so … user unfriendly.

    The concept behind MDT seems pretty good, but it's got many rough edges.

    I guess we should be satisfied that we don't have to open an .xml file to look up the application GUIDs as of MDT 2010 Update 1 😉

    Looking forward to the new version …

  11. Joe G. says:

    This is cool, but my team has already done this with MDT 2010 by using the image x logs to give us a progress bar.  MS is late again.   I still love MDT best free product on the market for deployments.

  12. Andrea says:

    Ben- Back to it again-it's been a long time-In  MDT 2012 deployment points have changed form my old 2008 where I had a lab and a network deployment point….is that now handled with the profiles and linked deployment shares in a similar manner? Any good doc out there for me as a walkthrough?Another question is we have another location (CT VS GA) two domains, currently – will chnage) is ther esomeway I can deploy my images to Atlanta from this domain by replication???


  13. James Prendergast says:

    Tyhere appears to be a "bug", we get an 0x80090005 error at the end of any deployment,  has anybody else seemn this with 2012???

  14. Bug in MDT2012 says:

    The error  0x80090005 is caused by the USMT trying to kick in even when disabled in custumsettings.ini. if you disable it in tasks its OK

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