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Microsoft Deployment Toolkit manufacturer description
The new features in MDT 2010 are supported only for Lite Touch Installation (LTI) deployments and are not supported for Zero Touch Installation (ZTI) deployments using Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2007.
The MDT 2010 release includes the following new features:
• Support for new deployment shares. MDT 2010 combines deployment points and distribution shares into deployment shares. A deployment share can be stored on a local drive, on a network shared folder, or on a stand-alone distributed file system (DFS) and does not have to be located on a specific computer. Just as with deployment points, deployment shares contain operating systems, applications, operating system packages, and device drivers.
• Improved management model. You can manage deployment shares from any computer that has the Deployment Workbench installed and has the appropriate NTFS file system permissions and network share permissions on the deployment share. You can open multiple deployment shares simultaneously in the Deployment Workbench.
• Support for selecting groups of items within the Deployment Workbench. Selection profiles in the Deployment Workbench allow you to select items in the deployment share that you can manage or apply as a unit. For example, you can create a selection profile that specifies the device drivers included for a specific make and model of target computers.
• Support for hierarchical management of items in deployment shares. You can create hierarchical folder structures in the Deployment Workbench to help organize and manage items such as operating systems, device drivers, and task sequences in deployment shares. This hierarchical structure allows you to include groupings of items in selection profiles.
• Support for linked deployment shares. Linked deployment shares are specialized deployments shares that you create using a selection profile in an existing standard deployment share. The content of the standard deployment share is replicated to the Universal Naming Convention (UNC) path specified for the deployment share. The content in the linked deployment shares can be replicated any time the content in the source deployment share changes. For more information about linked deployment shares, see the section, “Manage Linked Deployment Shares,” in the MDT 2010 document, Using the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit.
• Improved performance for replicating linked deployment shares. Linked deployment shares can be opened in single user mode, which dramatically improves the performance of replicating linked deployment share content. For more information configuring linked deployment shares for single user mode, see the section, “Modify an Existing Linked Deployment Share in Deployment Workbench,” in the MDT 2010 document, Using the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit.
• Improved database support. The Deployment Workbench supports the ability to dynamically display columns that are added to the MDT database (MDT DB). If you add a new column to the tables or views in the MDT DB, the Deployment Workbench automatically displays the new column.
• Support for drag-and-drop, copy-and-paste, and cut-and-paste operations in the Deployment Workbench. You can copy or move items in the Deployment Workbench within the hierarchical folder structure in a deployment share or between deployment shares.
• Improved support for media-based deployments. You can create media for performing media-based deployments from existing deployment shares based on the criteria specified in a selection profile. The Deployment Workbench can create bootable Windows Imaging Format (WIM) and International Organization for Standardization (ISO) files that can be used in deployments to virtual and physical target computers. For more information about media deployment shares, see the section, “Manage MDT 2010 Deployment Media,” in the MDT 2010 document, Using the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit.
• Support for automation of management tasks using Windows PowerShell™ cmdlets. Most of the processing logic that was previously included in the Deployment Workbench has now been implemented in Windows PowerShell. The Windows PowerShell support allows for the automation of common management tasks and for using other user interfaces (UIs) to perform management functions. Most management actions exposed in the Deployment Workbench can be performed in Windows PowerShell scripts.
• Enhancements in task sequence steps and scripts. Task sequence steps and scripts now include improvements in diagnostics output, logging, network recovery logic, code formatting and structure, security, and Deployment Workbench wizard usability.
• Improved security support. MDT 2010 supports the ability to refresh machines that use BitLocker™ Drive Encryption without decrypting the target hard disks when deploying the Windows 7 operating system and protecting confidential information, such as passwords, stored in MDT 2010 configuration files.