Enterprises Can Now Deploy Windows 10 with MDT 2013 Update 1

Enterprises Can Now Deploy Windows 10 with MDT 2013 Update 1

Recently, Microsoft delivered the Windows Assessment Toolkit (AD) for Windows 10, which turned out to be the precursor needed for the company to roll out its popular deployment tool, the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT).

Except for retaining the 2013 denominator, the MDT with Update 1 is now capable of deploying Windows 10. I asked why the update didn't include a new yearly nomenclature and was told it was due to functional reasons and support for lifecycle.

Enterprises have been waiting for this update and should spur additional adoption in businesses, now that single file deployments can be created to centrally deploy Microsoft's latest operating system version.

MDT 2013 Update includes some significant new features and improvements, including:

  • Support for new Enterprise LTSB and Education editions of Windows 10

  • Support for modern app (.appx) dependencies and bundles

  • Improved support for split image files (.swm)

  • Switched to using DISM for imaging processes (instead of deprecated ImageX)

  • Deployment Workbench revisions for deprecated content

  • Enhanced accessibility within the Deployment Workbench

  • Revised lists of time zones, regions and languages in the Deployment Wizard

  • Removed Start menu shortcut for "Remove PXE Filter"

  • Several MVP recommended fixes for Windows Updates, password handling, and PowerShell cmdlets

  • Added missing OOBE settings to Unattend.xml

  • Unattend.xml default screen resolution changed to allow for automatic scaling

  • Updated task sequence binaries from System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager SP1

  • New GetMajorMinorVersion function for integer comparison of Windows version numbers

The download is available here: Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) 2013 Update 1

Get some insight into how to use MDT with Windows 10 upgrades: Upgrade to Windows 10 with the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit

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