You might be already using Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager for deploying the Operating Systems, then what is the need of Microsoft Deployment Toolkit and why should it be integrated with Configuration Manager. For this you need understand the benefits of integrating the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit with Configuration Manager when deploying a new or updated version of the Windows operating system. As per Microsoft, MDT 2013 is a free, supported download from Microsoft that adds approximately 280 enhancements to Windows operating system deployment with System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager. It is, therefore, recommended that you utilize MDT when deploying the Windows operating system with System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager. In addition to integrating MDT with Configuration Manager, Microsoft also recommends using MDT Lite Touch to create the Windows 8.1 reference images used in Configuration Manager. For Zero Touch Installation (ZTI) deployments, MDT requires Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager.
Integrating Microsoft Deployment Toolkit with Configuration Manager
In this short post we will see how to integrate Configuration Manager with MDT 2013. Before you do this you can also go through key features in MDT 2013 and Why Integrate MDT 2013 with Configuration Manager. You could download the MDT 2013 by clicking on this link.
Note – MDT versions are updated regularly and you will get all the info on the latest version of MDT here.
After you download the MDT 2013, right click the msi file and click Install. On the setup page click Next.
On the Custom Setup page click on Next.
Follow the wizard and at last click on Finish.
After you install MDT 2013 you can see some new apps under start menu.
To integrate MDT with SCCM you need to run “Configure ConfigMgr Integration“. Run this as administrator and on the integration page click on Next.
Click on Finish.
Now launch you Configuration Manager console. When you click on Task Sequences you find a new option “Create MDT Task Sequence“. There are many other benefits the MDT provides when integrated with ConfigMgr. Going forward we shall see those features.