Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2012 Update 1 Beta 1 Now Available

Expand your deployment capabilities with support for Windows 8 Release Preview

The Solution Accelerators team is pleased to announce Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) 2012 Update 1 Beta 1 is available for download on Connect now.

This release expands your deployment capabilities with support for the latest software releases, including Windows 8 Release Preview, Windows Server 2012 Release Candidate, and System Center 2012 Configuration Manager SP1 Community Technology Preview. 


New features include:

  • Support for using the DaRT 8 Beta with the Windows 8 Release Preview version of the Assessment and Deployment Kit (ADK).
  • New “Build Your Own Pages” support for User-Driven Installation (UDI), enabling IT pros to create new wizard panes using simple drag-and-drop operations – no coding required.
  • Integration with System Center Orchestrator, enabling task sequences to invoke Orchestrator runbooks at any point in the deployment process.
  • Completely reworked “Roles and Features” logic, supporting both installation and removal, as well as providing a new Lite Touch wizard pane for selecting roles and features to install at deploy time.
  • Support for PowerShell 3.0 to make it easier to run PowerShell scripts inside task sequences on Windows 8, Windows Server 2012, and Windows PE 4.0.
  • Simple monitoring functionality for Configuration Manager task sequences, leveraging the monitoring capabilities provided initially in MDT 2012 for Lite Touch deployments.
  • Improved “boot from VHD” deployment capabilities, supporting both bare metal and refresh deployments.


Download MDT 2012 Update 1 Beta 1 now.

Tell us what you think! Test drive our release and send us your constructive feedback through the Connect site. We value your input; this is the perfect opportunity to be heard.

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Comments (11)
  1. Anonymous says:

    I'm still waiting for the day when MDT is completely converted over to PowerShell scripts.

  2. RED says:

    i hope this version corrige the many problem had in mdt 2012

  3. Chris A says:

    Does anyone know if this update fixes the username issue with MDT?  All the images I have installed so far, after you log on and log off Windows 7 is not remebering the previous log on username.

  4. sam says:

    @Chris A

    I resolved this by adding a final step to the task sequence for my production machines.  It is just a general/run command line that references a reg file that I made and tossed it into the applications folder in my deployment share.

    The reg key in all its glory is:

    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00



    Save that as a .reg, add a command line step as the final step in your TS.  Tested working.

  5. sam says:

    BTW:  Forgot to mention that particular reg key is for Windows 7 x64.

  6. @Chris A: If you disable the "Apply local GPO package" step in the task sequence, this will no longer happen. This is new since 2012 and has been added to create a more secure baseline configuration. You can alter these settings in the DeploymentshareTemplatesGPOPacks.

  7. Alan Richards says:

    Does update 1 mean we can run MDT on Server 2012 as well now

  8. Joachim says:

    Does anybode know if the following is covered?…/a36aa91c-662b-4826-86c4-f2aabff0da19


  9. Saeid says:

    It's a great toll, and I'd like to make couple of suggestions to make it even better.

    1- can you add restore data from external hard drive option when replacing a pc?

    2- can you add "Store key to external drive" when use bitlocker?


  10. Eswar says:

    i am waiting for sdt ,to know all things in that ,and make a project………………


  11. Anonymous says:

    Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2012 Update 1 Beta 1 auf Microsoft Connect

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