This is my first blog posting in English, the move from France to the US has not let me much time to blog during the past few months and I’m glad to have some time right now to write my first blog posting about Windows 8 and my first look at the associated deployment tools.
I want to be very clear about something first : if you are still running XP or earlier (O_o) versions of Windows, you have to consider moving to Windows 7 before even thinking of Windows 8. Windows XP end of life is in 2 years (April 2014) and this is the average time that it will take to move from XP to Windows 7 between The app compat readiness phase, the end user training and the actual deployment. So please please please, if you are still running XP … well … call Nelite and we’ll be glad to help you migrate to Windows 7🙂
That being said, you might have already made the move to Windows Vista or Windows 7 and are waiting for Windows 8, in that case, here are the information I noticed while reading Windows 8 articles on TechNet and playing with Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2012 RC1.
First of … Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2012 RC1 is ready to deploy Windows 8 Consumer Preview ! it has a lot of new features, my favorites are the monitoring feature
and the ability to run powershell scripts in the task sequence (and throughout the process because WinPE 4 now supports PowerShell !!!!)
There are a lot of other new features, but if you want to discover them, you’ll have to wait for another blog posting or attend Michael Niehaus MMS 2012 sessions in Vegas.
If you like to scratch the surface and discover what’s under the hood, you can read this TechNet article . Most of it is pretty obvious if you already know how the Windows AIK was working but the last chapter helps better understand how to deploy Windows on UEFI computers (MDT 2012 RC1 handles it)
and how to partition your disk if you want to use the new recovery features.
Finally, I read a bunch of TechNet articles explaining how to manage Windows Store and how to deploy Metro Style Apps, my conclusion is the following :
if you don’t know PowerShell and PKI … you’d better start learning