Although MDT is the tool you will interact with most during the deployment process, the deployment tools found in the Windows ADK perform most of the deployment tasks during the deployment process.The resources for deployment are held within the MDT deployment share, but it is the collection of tools included in Windows ADK that access the image files, stage drivers and Windows updates, run the deployment experience, provide instructions to Windows Setup, and back up and restore user data.You can read about how to manage and automate the upgrade process of Surface devices to Windows 10 at Upgrade Surface devices to Windows 10 with MDT.The goal of the deployment process presented in this article is automation.Reimaging will erase and overwrite the existing environment on your Surface devices.This process allows you to rapidly configure your Surface devices with identical environments that can be configured to precisely fit your organization’s requirements.This article walks you through the recommended process to deploy Windows 10 to Surface devices with Microsoft deployment technologies.The process described in this article yields a complete Windows 10 environment including updated firmware and drivers for your Surface device along with applications like Microsoft Office 365 and the Surface app.
It serves as a unified interface for most of the Microsoft deployment tools and technologies, such as the Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit (Windows ADK), Windows System Image Manager (Windows SIM), Deployment Image Servicing and Management (DISM), User State Migration Tool (USMT), and many other tools and technologies.
By automating each aspect of the deployment process, you not only greatly decrease the effort involved, but you create a process that can be easily repeated and where human error becomes less of a factor.
Take for example a scenario where you create a reference image for the device manually, but you accidentally install conflicting applications and cause the image to become unstable.
An alternative to the reimaging process is an upgrade process.
The upgrade process is non-destructive and instead of erasing the existing environment on your Surface device, it allows you to install Windows 10 while retaining your user data, applications, and settings.