Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) 2012 is a solution accelerator used by IT professionals to assist with the deployment of Microsoft products. MDT can be used to simplify the deployment of Microsoft operating systems and applications. Windows 7 and 8, as well as Windows Server 2008R2 and 2012, can be installed using MDT.

How Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2012 Update 1 Helps Deploy Office and Windows

Microsoft Deployment Toolkit installs an application called deployment workbench to the computer. When using the Deployment Toolkit, there are several pieces that you’ll need to be familiar with.

The Management Computer -- The computer that runs the deployment workbench is referred to as the management computer during the deployment process.

The deployment workbench on the management computer is where you will prepare to deploy your products. The deployment OS, device drivers for the hardware to which you're deploying, and software applications are all used on the management computer. Task sequences and boot images are created using the deployment workbench on the management computer.

The management computer doesn’t have to be the same operating system as the one you’re deploying. You can have a Windows 7 workstation as the management computer and deploy Windows 7, 8, and Server 2008 R2 and 2012, all from the same management computer.

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