Powerful tools to accelerate and repair

Diagnostics and Recovery Toolkit (DaRT)

The Microsoft Diagnostics and Recovery Toolset (DaRT), is a core component of the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack for Software Assurance, helps IT teams make PCs safer to use, keeps employees productive, and enables desktops that are easier and less expensive to manage. Administrators can 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.

Many IT departments take a proactive approach to backing up network data, but tend to be reactive in planning for desktop system failures. The most common solution is to reimage the machine, but that can result in loss of user settings, personalization, and potentially data. The Microsoft Diagnostics and Recovery Toolset provides a foundation for shifting desktop repair procedures from reactive to proactive. Organizations can develop recovery and support plans that best fit their IT staffing and infrastructure requirements. A proactive approach can help save time and reduce the challenges associated with troubleshooting and repairing system failures. With DaRT you can:

Accelerate IT responsiveness and reduce downtime:
The toolset helps IT professionals quickly respond to and resolve user issues onsite or remotely. It also helps your IT staff work more quickly and simplifies helpdesk support, reducing your overall support costs as well as lost productivity caused by downtime.

Simplify desktop troubleshooting, repair, and recovery:
The 14 tools in the toolset provide intuitive options for repair and recovery, even when the machine will not boot normally. The easy-to-use, offline boot environment helps IT teams quickly repair computers. They can recover deleted files, analyze crash dumps, and remove malware from infected systems while the operating system is offline. This helps protect other computers on the network and reduces the amount of time the computer is unavailable. Not sure which tool is the correct one, then answer the simple Solution Wizard questions to be pointed in the right direction. Additional key tools include Crash Analyzer, which helps determine the most likely cause of a crash, and Defender which helps detect malware and warn you of security risks.

Go from download to deployment in no time:
The simple image creation process, coupled with an intuitive user interface, allows organizations to rapidly deploy, use, and benefit from the toolset. Deploying via bootable media such as CD, DVD, or USB is one of the fastest routes to deployment. However, depending on your infrastructure, deploying locally to end-user machines or via network boot servers may provide more long term benefit.