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.

New features in Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2010

MDT 2010 was released September 9th 2009.

Michael Niehaus from Microsofts 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 Michaels 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 Teams 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.