Microsoft is currently preparing for an update for MDT 2010 that will add some new enhancements to the product. One of the most exciting ones is the new “user-driven OS deployment task sequence template”, which will enable “self-service OS deployment” with System Center Configuration Manager 2007 SP2.
The idea for user-driven OS deployment was first developed by Microsoft IT under the codename “Modena” (http://blogs.technet.com/osd/). Modena was first “announced” to the public at Microsoft Management Summit 2009 (MMS) in Las Vegas, where Chris Adams delivered one of the best presentations I’ve ever seen at MMS.
According to several rumors and now this blog post by Michael Niehaus, MDT 2010 Update 1 will adopt atleast some, if not all of the OSD Modena features.
So if you’re an OSD guy attending MMS 2010 in Las Vegas next week, I would highly recommend that you don’t miss the following session:
BG01 MDT 2010 Update 1 + ConfigMgr 2007 OSD: Even More "Better Together"
Thursday, April 22 2:30 PM – 3:45 PM, Veronese 2501A
Speaker(s): Chris Adams, Michael Niehaus
Track(s): Microsoft IT, Systems Management
Session Type(s): Breakout Session
Products(s): Configuration Manager 2007, Microsoft Deployment Toolkit, Windows Client
Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2010 integrates with System Center Configuration Manager 2007 to provide additional functionality over and above the standard OS deployment features. In this session, we will quickly review this additional functionality, and then will focus on the new enhancements coming in MDT 2010 Update 1, including:
- Support for ConfigMgr R3’s OEM pre-staged media
- The new user-driven OS deployment task sequence template
- Offline user state capture from Windows PE
- Other miscellaneous enhancements and fixes
We will also hear how Microsoft IT leveraged the user-driven OS deployment task sequence template internally to enable self-service OS deployment with ConfigMgr.