Release Notes

The Release Notes provide a summary of new features and changes since the last release. The Release Notes can help you evaluate whether an upgrade is necessary.

Current Release


Other changes

  • Removed the WinPEType parameter from the Reinstall-SDComputer CmdLet since x64 is the only alternative.

Released March 20, 2023


New/updated functionality

Organizations with x86 computers used for app or os deployment should not upgrade to this version.
  • /OS: Added support for ADK for Windows 11, version 22H2.
  • /OS: Creating share could fail with an error message.
  • /App: Added support to target Windows 11 and Windows Server 2022.
  • /App: Added option to enable MSI logging. In a GPO extended with Specops Deploy /App settings, MSI client logging can be enabled when editing advanced options in a package. When the client side extension installs, a log file will be generated under "%windir%\debug\usermode" on the client computer.
  • /App: List of deployments were not sorted.
  • /App: Added single click button to move a package to the top or bottom.

Additional information

Breaking changes

  • Support for x86 has been deprecated with this release. Organizations with x86 computers used for app or os deployment should not upgrade to this version.

Released March 08, 2023


New functionality

  • Added support for targeting Windows 11.


  • Double-clicking a deployment opens the deployment for editing (used to open the feedback screen).

Released October 13, 2021


Fixed issues

  • /App CSE: Installation/Uninstallation could fail on Win7-x86 if logged in user was not an administrator.

Released November 03, 2020


Fixed issues

  • Download links to ADK and Windows PE ADK add-on were incorrect.

Released June 17, 2020


New functionality

  • /OS Added support for Windows 10, version 2004 with latest ADK.
    Due to a bug in Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) build 8456, BIOS computers are incorrectly identified as UEFI. Microsoft has released an update (KB4564442). To resolve this issue with Specops Deploy, follow the instructions in this knowledge base article.

Released June 16, 2020


Fixed issues

  • App Client Side Extension: Network connectivity issues could cause unexpected uninstalls.

Released June 04, 2020


Fixed issues

  • App Client Side Extension: in case of network glitch, installed applications could cause fail out of scope.
  • App Admin Tools: import/export could miss targets files.

Released May 13, 2020


New functionality

  • Added new cmdlet “Add-SDPrestagedComputers” to pre-stage multiple computers from file (the alternative method, repeated call to existing Add-SDPrestagedComputer, could suffer from replication lag).

Released April 28, 2020


Other changes

  • Added support to use naming pattern when pre-staging computers using the Add-SDPrestagedComputer cmdlet.

Released March 19, 2020


Fixed Issues

  • App Deploy Admin tools: When extending a group policy with app deploy settings, the group policy was not always tagged causing the client side extension to not find deployment settings.

Released February 14, 2020


Fixed Issues

  • Client Side Extension: Group policy processing could take a long time, if certificate revocation list could not be verified, typically on computers without Internet access.

Released January 29, 2020


Fixed Issues

  • New installations of Specops Deploy infrastructure without previously existing deployment share could cause deployments to fail because of missing files.
  • Broken documentation link.

Other Changes

  • In-place upgrades no longer require the client to have Windows 10 1703 or later installed, but can be done from any Windows 10 version.

Released December 03, 2019


upgrading from Specops Deploy 6.x to Specops Deploy 7 requires a new license key from Specops support.
installation of the Administration Tools for Specops Deploy/OS now requires .NET Framework 4.7 or later.

New Features

  • Specops Deploy/OS: added support for Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit (ADK) 1903.
  • Specops Deploy/OS: added support for Windows 10 in-place upgrades.
  • Specops Deploy/OS: added option to select WinPE platform x86/x64 when pre-staging, to allow installation of pure x64 computers via UEFI boot.
  • : added support for advanced targets (support for the OR-operator and grouping constructs; e.g. to target installation of a computer in a specific organizational unit OR a member of a specific security group).
  • : added support to target Windows Server 2019 when deploying.
  • : added support for automatic registry update on client computer if a deployment was updated.

Released October 10, 2019


Fixed Issues

  • Specops Deploy /OS Admin Tool: Additional improvements to prevent error message Recursive call to Automation Peer API is not valid when clicking grid views.
  • Specops Endpoint Protection: Disabled configuration of some Endpoint Protection settings due to Windows Security Tamper Protection interpreting these as tampering attempts.

Released October 07, 2019


Fixed Issues

  • Clicking grid views from the Specops Deploy /OS Admin Tool could result in a Recursive call to Automation Peer API is not valid error message.

Released June 24, 2019


Fixed Issues

  • Upgrading MSIs from previous versions could fail with a message that services failed to start.

Released June 10, 2019


New Features

  • Support for the Windows 10 May 2019 update (version 1903).
  • Added support to target Windows server 2019.

Fixed Issues

  • Windows Store apps sometimes failed to install on Windows 10.

Released May 22, 2019


New Features

  • Support for the Windows 10 October 2018 Update (version 1809).
  • Support for the WinPE ADK add-on.

Released October 17, 2018


New Features

  • Windows ADK for Windows 10, version 1803 support.

Released May 14, 2018


Fixed Issues

  • When running the setup assistant as a local admin, creating Security Groups resulted in an access denied error, and the installation continued despite the error.

Released January 18, 2018


  • Continued support for ADK 1703, while still maintaining support for ADK 1709. Customers affected by driver issues with 1709, can roll back to 1703.

Released November 16, 2017


New Features

  • Support for Windows 10 Fall Creators Update (Build 1709)

Released October 26, 2017


New Features

  • Support for Windows 10 Creators Update (Build 1703)

Released May 11, 2017

Version 6.1.60921.1

Fixed Issues:

  • Windows x86 clients with the latest Windows updates, can fail to process group policy, leaving an eventlog error similar to “The requested operation requires elevation.”
  • Published applications were not displayed if the client computer was missing Microsoft .Net 2 runtime.

Released September 22, 2016

Version 6.1

New Features: Specops Deploy/OS

  • Windows 10 Anniversary Update support
  • Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit for Windows 10 (version 1607) support.

Released August 16, 2016| 6.1.60811.1

Version 6.0 Maintenance Release 2

Fixed Issues

  • The Migration Tool can now be launched from the control center, replacing the import/export function.
  • Various Migration Tool fixes and improvements including eliminating errors and crashes when a GPO was moved to another GPO that did not previously have Deploy/App settings, when packages.xml contained duplicate guids, and when a transform was present.

Released May 30, 2016 | 6.0.60329.1

Version 6.0 Maintenance Release 1

New Features: Specops Deploy/OS

  • Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2013 Update 2 support.
  • Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit for Windows 10 (10.1.10586.0) support.

Released January 25, 2016 | 6.0.60113.2

Version 6.0

New Features

  • Windows 10 support.

New Features: Specops Deploy/OS

  • Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2013 Update 1 support.
  • Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit for Windows 10 support.

Fixed Issues: Specops Deploy/OS

  • If the MDT Task Sequence was edited in the workbench, MDT’s ts.xml unexpectedly contained duplicate Operating System references.

New Features: Specops Deploy / Endpoint Protection

  • Windows Defender in Windows 10 support.

Released October 20, 2015 | Build number: 6.0.51119.1

Version 5.0 Maintenance Release 3

New Features: Specops Deploy/OS

  • Added support for the latest Windows ADK for Windows 8.1 update.

Released October 28, 2014 | Build number: 5.0.40918

Version 5.0 Maintenance Release 2

New Features: Specops Deploy/OS

  • Added support for Windows ADK for Windows 8.1 Update.
  • Added support for adding and removing Windows Features during OS install.

Fixed Issues: Specops Deploy/OS

  • When an administrator tried to reinstall a computer with CSE, the reinstall failed if the name of the local administrator group exceeded 16 characters.
  • Multicast was always disabled.

Fixed Issues:

  • Updated the Software target criterion with error handling to prevent the entire Deploy GP processing from being stopped as a result of a corrupt Windows installer package.

Released May 5, 2014 | Build number: 5.0.40429

Version 5.0 Maintenance Release 1

New Features: Specops Deploy/OS

  • New prerequisite for the Image Server; the Image Server now requires PowerShell 3.0 or later.

Fixed Issues: Specops Deploy/OS

  • When a computer was prestaged or set to reinstall, and the installation was not started within 4 hours, the computer state was displayed as a failed installation in the UI.
  • When an administrator tried to perform a reinstallation on Windows XP, the CSE failed to start the OS installation.
  • When UAC was disabled on Windows Vista and above, the CSE failed to start the OS installation.

Released March 26, 2014 | 5.0.40307

Version 5.0

New Features

  • UEFI and Windows 8.1: Specops Deploy has introduced support for Windows 8 and the UEFI platform enabling operating system and application deployment to Windows-based tablets.

New Features: Specops Deploy/OS

  • Increased complexity of temporary passwords set for local administrators when initiating a capture.
  • Support to ignore BannedGuids, and use mac address instead, when determining the task sequence.

Fixed Issues:

  • When an administrator moved or copied deployment packages, the Migration Tool would delete the packages in the target GPO.

Fixed Issues: Specops Deploy/OS

  • When an administrator created a new deployment group, they received an error when trying to move the GPOs created for the old deployment group to the new deployment group.
  • When an administrator refreshed (F5) the grid view pane in the Servers tab, the information was not updated correctly.
  • When an installation failed, reporting back from the client to the DS failed.

Fixed Issues: Specops Deploy / Endpoint Protection

  • When an administrator changed the value for the Ignore setting in the Default Threat Action, the incorrect value was displayed.

Released February 4, 2014

Version 4.9 Maintenance Release 1

New Features: Specops Deploy/OS

  • Better default registry values that decrease how often Specops Deploy/OS writes and reads information to Active Directory. Using the default settings will use less network resources.
  • When a computer has completed installing an Operating System an event log is created, and the Administration Tool displays the progress and completion of the installation. The event log is useful when troubleshooting the product.

Fixed Issues:

  • Migration: When an administrator created two GPOs and created a MSI deployment in one of them using the administration tools, they received an unknown error when copying or moving the GPO to the empty GPO.
  • Migration: When an administrator moved a configuration from one GPO to another GPO, the selected package or target, which could also belong to one or more deployment, would be moved to the target GPO and be deleted from the source GPO.
  • Migration: When an administrator copied or moved GPOs, they would receive an error when attempting to rearrange the list of OU’s using the default tabs.
  • Migration: When an administration copied or moved configuration from one GPO to another, and configured it to not copy the installation files of the package from one server to another, the AAS files were still created resulting in an error.

Fixed Issues: Specops Deploy/OS

  • Administration Tools: When an administrator installed a Deployment Server in the Administration Tools, an error message appeared stating that the WDS and DFSR are offline.
  • Administration Tools: The administrator would receive feedback stating that deployment had started before the client had started and sent feedback to the deployment server.
  • Administration Tools: When an administrator started the Administration Tools before the Image Server had completed its post installation startup, the administrator would receive a misleading error message.
  • Administration Tools: When an administrator installed a client, an inaccurate status of the installation appeared in the Administration Tool UI
  • Deployment Server: When an administrator performed F12 reinstall, the deployment policy settings were ignored.

Released November 21, 2013

Version 4.9

New Features

  • Support for using Specops Deploy/OS across multiple domains.
  • New Deployment Group concept in Specops Deploy/OS allows multiple Image Servers in the same domain.
  • Further improvements to the capture procedure in Specops Deploy/OS.
  • New administration tool for can be used to trigger re-installations of specific deployments on target computer(s).
  • New migration tool for allows migrating settings between GPOs, even across domains.
  • Improved configuration settings for rebooting a computer after a software deployment.
  • Added detection for Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows 8.1.
  • Added local security groups to control access to the database for Specops Deploy / Endpoint Protection.
  • Updated and clarified many registry settings.

Fixed Issues

  • Improved logic when dealing with extremely long file paths in the Deployment Repository.
  • Fixed ANSI encoding problem in Specops Log Viewer

Released September 19, 2013

Version 4.8

New Features

  • New component Specops Deploy / Endpoint Protection enables management of the Forefront/System Center Endpoint Protection client through Specops Deploy and Group Policy.
  • Support for App-V 5.0.
  • New Specops Configuration tool unifies configuration options and license monitoring for Specops Deploy, Specops Inventory and Specops Command.
  • Improved Deployment Server installation process in Windows Server 2012.
  • Improved Deployment Server selection algorithm in Deploy/OS.
  • Support for exporting Deployment Server and deployment data to csv files.
  • Support for deleting multiple items in Deploy/App GPO settings.
  • Improvement management of available .Net Framework Performance Counter memory for Deploy/App real-time monitoring.
  • Supported process for starting OS installations from removable media.
  • Support for using other locations than deployment servers as the source for OS installation files.

Fixed Issues

  • Fixed a bug that made Deployment Server installations fail on computers where the AppV client is installed.
  • Fixed some bugs when displaying filtered objects in the Deploy/OS admin tool.
  • Fixed a bug which caused the automatic logon during OS capture to fail if the capture was started from an x86 OS and targeted an x64 OS.
  • Fixed some bugs that caused excessive CPU usage in certain tabs in the Deploy/OS admin tool.

Released April 25, 2013

Version 4.7

New Features

  • Support for running Specops Deploy on Windows Server 2012.
  • Support for deploying Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012.
  • Support for deploying Modern UI style applications to Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012.
  • New PowerShell cmdlets for makes it possible to manage through PowerShell.
  • Added search filtering capabilities to the admin user interface.
  • Added new sorting and search filtering options to the Specops Deploy/OS administration tool.
  • Added detailed DFS-R replication progress monitoring to the Specops Deploy/OS administration tool.
  • Added version control mechanism to to warn admins if a GPO is currently edited by someone else.

Fixed Issues

  • Fixed bug that made the CSE crash if told to run a wmi-query with a class that didn’t exist on the local machine.
  • Fixed a bug where Deployment Servers were a bit overzealous in querying domain controllers when updating their status.

Released October 23, 2012

Version 4.6

New Features

  • New PowerShell Cmdlets. Two new PowerShell Cmdlets for initializing OS capture and Importing captured images has been added. It is now possible to fully automate an OS capture and import.
  • Enhanced support for user initiated OS installations. It is now enough that a computer has a MAC or GUID registered in ad in the property netBootGuid to allow installations with F12, this means that for example if a computer is previously installed with WDS or RIS the user can simply press F12 and the computer will be managed by F12 (If allowed by policy).
  • HP UEFI support for Specops Deploy BIOS config. New HP computers with UEFI can now be set to boot on PWX and enable WOL with the Specops Deploy BIOS Config tool that ships with the Specops Deploy /OS admin tools.

Fixed Issues

  • Specops Deploy /App and /OS Guids has been separated. Depending on how link order was set and settings separated in different GPOs for /App and /OS there the PXE filter could select the wrong GPO. These settings are now filtered separately.
  • CSE based upgrades from x86 to x64 could select a x86 OS if available. The CSE now always uses the physical processor architecture and not that of the current operating system.
  • CSE based installations failed when no subnet was available in any site in AD. The call to the underlying Site API is no modified to fall back to the default site if no subnets are defined.
  • PXE installations randomly fails to force x86. Due to the way WDS can use another DC than the computer it is installed to the PXE filter has been updated to account for replication latency.
  • The Specops Deploy Configuration Tool does not remove all items. When selecting computers to remove reported heartbeats, computers that are selected and not onscreen is not removed. This is now fixed so that all items are removed, regardless if they are on screen or not.
  • App-v Applications that are not specifically designed for Global publishing does not appear when deploying to users. The Specops Deploy CSE now manages App-V applications regardless of targeted to user or computers

Released April 2, 2012

Version 4.5

New Features

  • Specops Deploy Group Policy Extension initiated Operating System reinstallation.
  • Greatly Enhanced Driver Management model. Specops Deploy 4.5 introduces a new way of managing drivers where it possible to customize the make, model, operating systems in any order.
  • Deployment Feedback UI improvements. All options available in the Live View are now also available in the grid view.
  • Advanced Image Management.
  • Export of Feedback in the admin tools. It is now possible to export both the overview of all Deployments in a GPO as well as the drill down of a single Deployment to files.
  • Specops Deploy License Management.
  • Microsoft App-V 4.6 support. Microsoft App-V 4.6, both x86 and x64, is now fully supported

Specops Deploy App Fixed Issues

  • service account get proper permissions for SCP during installation. The account selected to be used as the service account for Specops Deploy will now automatically get the proper permission in AD to manage its own Service Connection Point sub-object. If this was not properly configured the service would not start.
  • The SpecopsSoft folder in the root of C: is now longer created when Tracing is enabled. All logging is now either to %windir%\debug\usermode or the users profile depending on the component.
  • Max log size for the Specops Deploy trace file. Tracing can now be enabled without the trace file ever becoming larger than 10 MB with a rotating backup file of the same size.
  • Environment variable Targets Fail Group Policy processing when the variable does not exist. Testing for system variables that do not exist will now return false and not stop deployment.

Specops Deploy OS Fixed Issues

  • Recreate the Multicast Stream. In case the Deployment Server Multicast stream is removed, it can now be recreated using a new PowerShell Cmdlet AddSDMulticastStream.
  • Allow user to initiate reinstallation using F12 during boot. Due to a bug, this feature was not working properly consistently.
  • Lock screen during installation. A new option in the Group Policy Objects now allow for the screen to be locked during the last phase of the operating system installation. This will keep the screen locked when the computer is rebooting the last time with the operating system installed to prevent tampering.
  • Multiple languages supported on the operating system of the Specops Deploy Deployment Server. It is now possible to install the Deployment Servers on computers running operating system with languages other than English.
  • Pre-staging of computers with names longer than 15 chars prevented. Only computer names that are shorter are maximum 15 chars will be allowed, this include presaging from a file.
  • Pre-staging and reinstalling will add permission to join the computer to the domain if not already granted. A check will be performed to see if the install account has permissions to join the computer to the domain and if it does not if will try to add these permissions automatically.
  • The DoNotCreateExtraPartition variable can now be overridden. The variable is no longer prevented from being overwritten so that it is possible to prepare for BitLocker already during installation.
  • Windows Update Configuration improvements. The Group Policy Settings are now improved with an option to either turn off patching during installation download the patches from Windows Update or a specific internal WSUS server.

Released November 22, 2011