In case you missed it, the Deployment Guys recently announced the release of the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) 2012 Beta 2. The latest release supports a raft of new features, including User-Driven Installation (UDI) and support for integration with System Center Configuration Manager 2012 RC, which is something that MDT 2012 Beta 1 couldn’t do.
So how does the integration process look?
First, download the latest MDT 2012 build from Connect, and copy across the file with the relevant architecture to the SCCM server (given that it’s SCCM 2012, this will probably be MicrosoftDeploymentToolkit2012_x64.msi).
Launch the installer:
Next, accept the EULA:
Next, choose to install all MDT components and select the installation path:
And install. The installer will prompt for UAC elevation – you can always bypass this step by launching the installer from an elevated command prompt.
Once complete, go to the Start Menu, Microsoft Deployment Toolkit and select “Configure ConfigMgr Integration”:
The MDT integration utility should find the locally-installed Configuration Manager Console, and should auto-populate the correct site code and site server details. If not, just enter them manually:
If you’ve already installed the extensions, you can also use this utility to remove the console extensions and MDT task sequences.
Once complete, verify that the process has finished without error, and you’re done:
Next, launch the Configuration Manager console and go the Software Library pane, and verify that you now have the extra options for using MDT to create Boot Images and Task Sequences:
And that’s it! Basically the process is identical to integrating MDT 2010 with Configuration Manager 2007, and given that MDT 2012 Beta 2 also integrates with Configuration Manager 2007, that’s not surprising.
MDT 2012 looks like it’s going to give deployment a real kick, especially in combination with SCCM 2012. Much more on this to come, but for now, MDT is integrated so we deployment fans can get stuck in 🙂