Microsoft Deployment Toolkit

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Microsoft Deployment Toolkit
Developer(s) Microsoft
Stable release
Build 8450 (6.3.8450.1000) / 20 December 2017; 7 months ago (2017-12-20)[1]
Operating system [1]
Platform x86 and x64[1]
Size 20 MB[1]
Available in English[1]
Type System software
License Freeware[1]

Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT; formerly Business Desktop Deployment[2]) is a computer program that permits network deployment of Microsoft Windows and Microsoft Office.[1]


MDT can help build an automated installation source for deploying Windows operating systems from Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 onwards, from either a single machine or a central server distribution tool, such as Windows Deployment Services (WDS) or System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM).[3]Device drivers, Windows updates and software can be included with the build.[1][3]

All the software intended for installation (Operating System, drivers, updates and applications) are added to a pool of available software and packaged into deployment packages.[4] The Operating System and drivers to be included with this package are selected, and the administrator password, owner information, and product key are specified.[3][4][5] Microsoft Deployment Toolkit generates a custom Windows PE (Preinstallation Environment) image that allows client machines to install the assembled deployment packages over the network from the MDT server.[4][5] This Windows PE disk image can be burned to and booted from a CD, or booted with Windows Deployment Services. When selecting the package to deploy, software that has been included in the pool may also be selected for installation.[3]


The Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) supports three types of deployments:[3] Zero Touch Installation (ZTI), Lite Touch Installation (LTI), and User Driven Installation (UDI). ZTI is a fully automated deployment scheme in which installation requires no user interaction whatsoever.[5] UDI deployments require full manual intervention to respond to every installation prompt, such as machine name, password or language setting.[6] ZTI and UDI deployments both require a Microsoft System Center infrastructure.[3] ZTI deployments require a persistent network connection to the distribution point.[5] LTI deployments require limited user interaction. An LTI deployment needs very little infrastructure, so it can be installed from a network share, or media using either a USB flash drive or an optical disc.[4]

See also[edit]


How to Install ADK and MDT on Windows Server 2016?

External links[edit]

Microsoft deployment resources