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How to upgrade from MDT 2008 Update 1 to MDT 2010

Now that Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2010 are available, MDT 2008 installations should be upgraded to support Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 deployment.

Also, many new features are available, which I wrote about in this blog-post.


The upgrade procedure

1) Uninstall earlier versions of Windows Automated Installation Kit

2) Download and install Windows Automated Installation Kit for Windows 7

3) Download and install Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2010

4) Open Deployment Workbench. You should now find your Deployment Share.


Right-click the Deployment Share and choose “Open Deployment Share”.

Specify the path to your Deployment Share.

Check the checkbox “Upgrade the content of the deployment share” and press Next:


Press “Next”:


Review any warnings and press Finish:


Your Deployment Share are now available in the Deployment Workbench:


5) Upgrade the Windows PE boot images with new versions of Windows PE and the MDT-scripts.

To do so, right click the Deployment Share and choose “Update Deployment Share”:


Choose “Completely regenerate the boot images” and press Next:





6) If WDS are used to distribute the boot images, they must be updated.

To do so, open “Windows Deployment Services” from the Start-menu->Administrative tools.

Go to “Boot Images”, right click the boot image to update and choose “Replace”:


You`ll find the updated wim-files in the Boot-folder in the Deployment Share.

Microsoft Deployment Toolkit are now upgraded to version 2010, and supports Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 deployment.


September 25, 2009 Posted by | Deployment, MDT 2010 | | Leave a comment

New features in Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2010

MDT 2010 was released September 9th 2009.

Michael Niehaus from Microsoft`s Deployment Team has posted an excellent series of blog posts describing the new features:

New Feature #1: Logging directly to the network

New Feature #2: Gathering virtualization details

New Feature #3: Suspend and resume a Lite Touch task sequence

New Feature #4: Folders everywhere

New Feature #5: Support for multiple deployment shares

New Feature #6: Drag and drop

New Feature #7: Boot image creation optimized

New Feature #8: No more visible command windows when booting Lite Touch Windows PE

New Feature #9: Copy and paste support in the Deployment Workbench task sequence editor

New Feature #10: Detection of signed drivers

New Feature #11: Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 support

New Feature #12: USMT 4.0 hardlink support

New Feature #13: New task sequence templates

New Feature #14: Database improvements

New Feature #15: Finish actions

New Feature #16: PowerShell support

New Feature #17: Customizable boot image process

New Feature #18: Selection Profiles

New Feature #19: Improved Driver Management

Other interesting posts on Michael`s blog:

Running PowerShell scripts as part of a task sequence

Automatically update MDT 2010 boot images in WDS


For those who are working with MDT I would also recommend to follow the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit Team`s blog.

Be aware of the following bug described on their blog:Fix for ‘Multiple connections to a server or shared resource by the same user, using more than one user name, are not allowed” problem with MDT 2010

The Deployment Guys` blog are also an excellent resource.

September 24, 2009 Posted by | Deployment, MDT 2010 | | 2 Comments