What’s New in This Release? MDT
includes several improvements that adds new features and improves your user experience with MDT
. In addition, this release of MDT
includes many other small enhancements and bug fixes that are not listed below. Support for Upgrading from Previous Versions of MDT MDT
supports upgrading from MDT
2012 Update 1.
Note. Create a backup of the existing MDT
infrastructure before attempting an upgrade. Support for Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2
You can use MDT
to deploy the Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2 operating systems using the LTI, ZTI, and UDI deployment methods. Roles and features specific to Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2 are available in the role list. Support for the Windows ADK for Windows 8.1 MDT
supports the use of the Windows ADK for Windows 8.1 to deploy operating systems. The Windows ADK for Windows 8.1 includes the Deployment Tools such as the Deployment Image Servicing and Management (DISM
) tool, the Windows Pre-installation Environment (Windows PE) and the User State Migration Tool (USMT
). Support for System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager
ZTI and UDI deployment methods in MDT
support integration with System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager, including new capabilities such as multiple Network Access Accounts. Improved Deployment to x86-based Computers that Use the UEFI Standard
Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) is a specification that defines a software interface between an operating system and platform firmware. UEFI is a more secure replacement for the older basic input/output system (BIOS) firmware interface present in some personal computers, which is vulnerable to malware that performs attacks during the boot or power on self-test processes.
By default, MDT
creates the appropriate partitions to support computers running UEFI. MDT
supports UEFI versions from 2.0 up to 2.3.1. UEFI 2.3.1 is a newer version of UEFI that will be used on Windows 8 logo–compliant computers.
For more information about UEFI support in MDT
, see the section, "Deploy to Computers with UEFI", in the MDT
document Using the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit.