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Upgrading to ConfigMgr R2 and MDT 2013

Johan Arwidmark apparently has more time on his hands than I do 🙂 He beat me to writing a blog post for upgrading to R2 and MDT 2013.

Go over to his post here for an excellent post on the steps required for the upgrades and a few "gotchas" to be aware of.

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Release Day!

Today is a pretty big release day.

System Center 2012 Configuration Manager R2 is released today as well as the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2013. You can download R2 from your MVLS site or TechNet/MSDN.

ConfigMgr R2 features:

What’s New in System Center 2012 ConfigMgr R2

MDT 2013 Features:

Feature Summary

  • Deploy Windows and Office with Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2013. MDT is the recommended process and toolset for automating desktop and server deployment. MDT provides you with the following benefits:
  • Unified tools and processes, including a set of guidance, for deploying desktops and servers in a common deployment console.
  • Reduced deployment time and standardized desktop and server images

Some of the key changes in MDT 2013 are:

  • Support for the Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit (ADK) for Windows 8.1.
  • Support for deployment of Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2.
  • Support for System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager.
  • Improved support x86-based Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) systems.