Microsoft Deployment Toolkit
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|Stable release||2012 (v6.1.2373.0) / 19 September 2012|
|Platform||IA-32 and x64|
MDT can help build an automated installation source for deploying Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012, Office 2010 and Office 365 from either a single machine or a central server distribution tool, such as Windows Deployment Services (WDS) or System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM). You can include Device drivers, Windows updates and software with the build.
All the software intended for installation (Operating System, drivers, updates and applications) are added to a pool of available software and packaged into deployment packages. The Operating System and drivers to be included with this package are selected, and the administrator password, owner information, and product key are specified. Microsoft Deployment Toolkit generates a custom Windows PE image that allows client machines to install the assembled deployment packages over the network from the MDT server. This Windows PE disk image can be burned to and booted from a CD, or booted with Windows Deployment Services. When selecting the package to deploy, software that has been included in the pool may also be selected for installation.
The Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) supports three types of deployments: Zero Touch Installation (ZTI), Lite Touch Installation (LTI), and User Driven Installation (UDI). ZTI is a fully automated deployment scheme in which installation requires no user interaction whatsoever. UDI deployments require full manual intervention to respond to every installation prompt, such as machine name, password or language setting. ZTI and UDI deployments both require a Microsoft System Center infrastructure. ZTI deployments require a persistent network connection to the distribution point. LTI deployments require limited user interaction. An LTI deployment needs very little infrastructure, so it can be installed from a network share, or media using either a USB flash drive or an optical disc.
More information can be found at:
- Application Compatibility Toolkit (ACT)
- Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit
- Remote Installation Services
- System Center Configuration Manager (formerly System Management Server)
- User State Migration Tool
- Windows Automated Installation Kit
- Windows Deployment Services
- Windows Preinstallation Environment (Windows PE)
- "Microsoft Deployment Toolkit Download Page".
- "Business Desktop Deployment (BDD) and Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) Archive".
- Microsoft (August 2012). Using the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit.
- Microsoft (August 2012). Quick Start Guide for Lite Touch Installation.
- Microsoft (August 2012). Quick Start Guide for Configuration Manager 2012.
- Microsoft (August 2012). Quick Start Guide for User Driven Installation.
- Microsoft deployment resources
- Microsoft Deployment TechCenter
- Microsoft Deployment Toolkit Team Blog
- The Deployment Guys
- Priscila Silva blog (Brazilian Portuguese)
- Michael Niehaus' Windows and Office deployment ramblings
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