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Mar 28 2012   9:20PM GMT

Microsoft Rolls Out DaRT 8 Beta

Tony Bradley Tony Bradley Profile: Tony Bradley

The Diagnostics and Recovery Toolset (DaRT) is part of the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP). DaRT is a set of tools that helps easily recover unusable PCs, rapidly diagnose problem causes of issues, and quickly repair unbootable or locked-out systems.

With DaRT 8 Beta, Microsoft is updating DaRT to work with Windows 8, and to provide admins with much greater flexibility when it comes to repairing and recovering PCs. According to a Windows for Your Business blog post, the latest version of DaRT includes the ability to:

  • Repair PCs instead of reimaging. The DaRT 8 beta enables IT professionals to easily recover PCs that have become unusable, rapidly diagnose probable causes of issues, and quickly repair unbootable or locked-out systems, all faster than the average time it takes to reimage the machine.
    Use scripts to enable image creation. The DaRT 8 beta has an image creation wizard that is now built on top of PowerShell cmdlets, allowing IT departments to mount, create, apply, ad dismount and burn via scripting – ultimately letting the image creation process be saved and repurposed for later use. This kind of automation should save IT departments some time.
  • Provide native support for USB media deployments. In previous versions of DaRT, additional tools were required to place DaRT images on USB drives. With DaRT 8 beta, this functionality is natively supported in the image creation wizard, minimizing the number of tools required for USB deployment.
  • Create multiple images from one device. The DaRT 8 beta is able to create both 32-bit and 64-bit images on a single machine and transfer them between.
  • Choose the output format. Now as part of the image creation process, WIM and ISO output formats are supported in the DaRT 8 beta so that IT departments are sure the right format is an option for a broader deployment plan.

For more about the DaRT 8 Beta, check out the Microsoft blog post, or this blog post from the Springboard Series, or just sign up to become a participant in the DaRT 8 Beta program and test it out for yourself.

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