Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit (Windows ADK) for Windows 8.1 Update released.

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Today Microsoft released an updated version of the Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit. This release of Windows ADK includes new and updated functionality to improve assessment and deployment scenarios including support for Windows 8.1 Update.

To determine what version of the Windows ADK you have installed, go to Control Panel > Programs > Programs and Features. The versions are:

  • Version 8.100.25984 is for the Windows ADK for Windows 8.1 RTM
  • Version 8.100.26629 is for the Windows ADK for Windows 8.1 Update

Version increments between 25984 and 26629 are updated versions of the RTM release. Version increments higher than 26629 are for the Windows 8.1 Update.

For a complete list of changes, see the Windows ADK Release Notes.

For a list of new features included in the Windows ADK for Windows 8.1 Update, see What’s New in the Windows ADK for Windows 8.1.

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Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2012 Update 1 Beta 1—Now Available for Download

We are pleased to announce that Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) 2012 Update 1 Beta 1 is now available for download!

Download MDT 2012 Update 1 Beta 1 now! [http://connect.microsoft.com/site14/Downloads/DownloadDetails.aspx?DownloadID=8689]

Download the latest release to stay up-to-date on your deployment needs. New features and enhancements make large-scale desktop and server deployments smoother than ever!

This release expands your deployment capabilities with support for the latest software releases, including Windows 8 Release Preview, Windows Server 2012 Release Candidate, and System Center 2012 Configuration Manager SP1 Community Technology Preview.

Notable new features include:

· Support for using the DaRT 8 Beta with the Windows 8 Release Preview version of the Assessment and Deployment Kit (ADK).

· New “Build Your Own Pages” support for User-Driven Installation (UDI), enabling IT pros to create new wizard panes using simple drag-and-drop operations – no coding required.

· Integration with System Center Orchestrator, enabling task sequences to invoke Orchestrator runbooks at any point in the deployment process.

· Completely reworked “Roles and Features” logic, supporting both installation and removal, as well as providing a new Lite Touch wizard pane for selecting roles and features to install at deploy time.

· Support for PowerShell 3.0 to make it easier to run PowerShell scripts inside task sequences on Windows 8, Windows Server 2012, and Windows PE 4.0.

· Simple monitoring functionality for Configuration Manager task sequences, leveraging the monitoring capabilities provided initially in MDT 2012 for Lite Touch deployments.

· Improved “boot from VHD” deployment capabilities, supporting both bare metal and refresh deployments.

Learn more

Visit the MDT home page: http://www.microsoft.com/MDT [http://www.microsoft.com/MDT]

Get the latest news straight from the MDT team: http://blogs.technet.com/b/msdeployment/ [http://blogs.technet.com/b/msdeployment/]

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