Power tools for Windows 8 deployment
Windows 8 is another example of must-have deployment assistance. While many organizations will hold off on Windows 8, instead shifting over to Windows 7 from XP, others will be keen to find out that Microsoft Deployment Toolkit can assist with a move to Windows 8. The new MDT 2012 includes improvements and features to make the rollout of OSes (including both Windows 8 and Server 2012) easier than in the past.
MDT 2012 helps with deployments using LTI (Lite Touch Installation), ZTI (Zero Touch Installation), and UDI (User Driven Installation) methods. In addition, there are several tools in the deployment kit for further easing your migration, including Windows ADK (Assessment and Deployment Kit) and the Microsoft DaRT (Diagnostics and Recovery Toolkit).
Unfortunately, earlier deployment tools were so complicated that you needed training just to find out you would've been better off hiring deployment experts rather than doing it yourself. It's not like the old days where you just double-click setup.exe and move to the next system. Hopefully the new MDT helps reduce the stress of deploying Windows in your enterprise.
Whether through online planning and testing tools, service pack updates to assist with deployment options, or entire toolkits with a bevy of tools to assist with unique deployment scenarios of your OSes, Microsoft is well aware that deployment is the first hurdle to getting its solutions up and running productively in your enterprise environment. The above tools can ease admins' pain points with high-end and high-profile solutions.
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