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Deployment TS - MDT 2012 Deployment Workbench or SCCM Console with MDT Integration?

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  • Setup > SCCM 2012 SP1, 1 Primary Site. MDT 2012 is integrated.

    Scenario > I integrated MDT 2012 to SCCM 2012 sp1 without an issue. But, upon further investigation, I have seen that, unlike SCCM 2007, people are using MDT Deployment Workbench to create, deploy and monitor Task Sequences, instead of creating it from the SCCM console with MDT integration.

    So my questions are:

    1) Which do you guys recommend? I need to create build & Capture and a deployment task sequences.

    2) At the same time, I am trying MDOP for DaRT monitoring to OSD. Is creating a Task Sequence from the MDT Deployment Workbench the only way to use this feature?

    Cheers!

    Cristian

    Wednesday, April 03, 2013 7:10 PM

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  • They are not the same.

    /Johan once said that MDT is that sport package that comes with the car you wanted, for free, I could not agree more.

    Many (myself too) use MDT to build, capture and create a reference images which will later be deployed with SCCM, so think of MDT as the toolbox and SCCM the mighty delivery truck. IMHO, MDT is much better tool for building images, but you can schedule, automate and report like you do in SCCM.

    You can deploy DaRT with either one; I prefer to have it built into my reference image in MDT.



    Wednesday, April 03, 2013 8:23 PM
  •  I have seen that, unlike SCCM 2007, people are using MDT Deployment Workbench to create, deploy and monitor Task Sequences, instead of creating it from the SCCM console with MDT integration.

    Where have you seen that? If you are doing things in the MDT workbench, that means you are only using MDT (aka LiteTouch) and have lost all of the power of ConfigMgr (aka ZeroTouch). The relationship between the two remains unchanged in 2012.

    1. Many folks use LiteTouch to build images and then ZeroTouch to deploy them. It's partly a matter of personal preference because you don't explicitly need to use ZeroTouch to build an image and don't lose much but using it; however, you do potentially end up complicating the environment by having to duplicate many things. I personally prefer doing everything with ConfigMgr/ZeroTouch.

    2. I think that the MDT folks did add the capability to use the deployment workbench based monitoring for ZeroTouch in the latest MDT update.


    Jason | http://blog.configmgrftw.com

    Wednesday, April 03, 2013 8:58 PM
  • Thanks for the reply Amnon and Jason. As in ConfigMgr 2007, Our goal is to create a central image via Build & Capture TS and then a Deployment TS with MDT (we integrate UDI Wizard and several other things). I guess that my confusion lies on the Deployment Workbench itself. I will leverage MDT on both TS, but if i wanted to use DaRT, I have only seen the DaRT monitoring option on the Deployment Workbench, and not on the SCCM 2012 console Task Sequence options or properties. Maybe I have not looked very well?


    Thursday, April 04, 2013 2:54 PM
  • I believe that what you saw as far as DaRT, is the fact that identifying the machine running DaRT is automated via MDT, as DaRT can be integrated as a feature into MDT. You do need to extract the DaRT tool cab and add it to the MDT share in order for the feature to visible available for you.

    http://blogs.technet.com/b/mniehaus/archive/2012/07/27/mdt-2012-update-1-dart-8-support.aspx

    Amost the same exact thing can be done with SCCM, not sure if you can automate it but if you have DaRT remote control installed you can interface with any computer running DaRT, hence a deployed computer running DaRT.

    Here are some links

    http://deploymentdude.wordpress.com/2012/05/22/sccm-2007-mdt-2012-dart-7-0-remote-monitoring-integration/

    http://blog-en.netvnext.com/2012/09/sccm-osd-use-dart-to-remotely-access.html

    http://desktopguidance.blogspot.com/2012/06/deploy-microsft-dart-through-sccm-osd.html



    Thursday, April 04, 2013 11:52 PM