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  • Blog Post: MDT 2012 UDI Video Series - Application Discovery - Wouldn't it be nice if your apps were discovered for reinstall?

    User-driven Installation (UDI): Automatically Re-install Applications with Application Discovery Wouldn't it be nice if at the end of an OS Deployment a user could login and their needed applications where already installed and ready for users to use and be productive? This is exactly what the application...
  • Blog Post: UDI Wizard Task Sequence variables

    I know that I haven't posted in a while, but I have been thinking about it. I have several topics in draft form just waiting to be finished up and posted. In today's blog I will go over the task sequence variables that are read or set based on the selections made from each page in the wizard. Welcome...
  • Blog Post: Hiding Background with OSD - A C# Sample to Hide Window

    In this post the basics for finding and hiding a window will be shown in Visual Studio 2008 (C#). As previously mentioned in Snazzy OSD status with BGInfo , hiding the Windows 7 Setup window will be demonstrated. Creating and Compiling First, create a simple Console Application under the C# tree. Next...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) 2012 Beta 2 Release

    Release MDT 2012 Beta 2, including the new version of User Driven Installation(UDI), is now available for download. To participate, register for MDT 2012 Beta 2 at Microsoft Connect. MDT released 2012 Beta 1 sometime back which included support for System Center Configuration Manger 2012 as well as improved...
  • Blog Post: MDT 2012 UDI Video Series - Replace Deployment Scenario

    In an effort to inform those who are currently using or are planning on using UDI about the features available in MDT 2012 we have put together a video series covering UDI. I know what you are thinking: "But Update 1 Beta1 is already available". These videos still apply to Update 1 and I will point out...
  • Blog Post: Consolidating Your Task Sequences Part 2: How do I apply the appropriate index from a WIM using a task sequence

    Overview In Consolidating Your Task Sequence Part 1: How to Combine WIM images into one I discussed how you can combine your images into one. This blog talks about how to apply the appropriate index from a task sequence when a WIM file has multiple indexes, such as Win7 x86 and Win7 amd64. Why Why would...
  • Blog Post: UDA with MDT 2012 UDI

    As part of ConfigMgr's move towards user centric, ConfigMgr User Device Affinity(UDA) allows you to define a relationship between a user(s) and a device. This can be done through the ConfigMgr console, but it can also be done as part of an OS deployment. John Vintzel has posted a blog discussing this...
  • Blog Post: MDT 2010 Update 1 Beta Release Part 2: Things You Should Know

    Overview This blog post is meant to quickly explain some of the things that you should know when using UDI.  I will not go into depth on solutions for each of the scenarios that I have listed here, but will create additional posts for those items that need to be explained in more detail. When selecting...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2012 Update 1 Released

    It just seems like yesterday that we released MDT 2012 and now we have turned around and released MDT 2012 Update 1 available for download here . Compared with MDT 2012 the journey to releasing Update 1 has been a much shorter. Regardless of this short time period some powerful features and enhancements...
  • Blog Post: Creating a user-interactive Task Sequence experience

    This blog post was created by Michael Schmidt. At Microsoft, we have the unique challenge of having to build a OSD experience that includes providing a great user experience prior to deployment of a new OS.  In our case, we had the challenge of figuring out how we could do this considering that...
  • Blog Post: Getting Back from MMS

    For those of you who do not know me I was the feature PM of the product formally known as Modena. I am recently getting back from MMS where I helped my boss, Chris Adams, with his demo during the MDT 2010 Update 1 + ConfigMgr 2007 OSD: Even More "Better Together" session, and have decided to...
  • Blog Post: Consolidating Your Task Sequence Part 1: How to Combine WIM images into one

    Overview If you have multiple images that you deploy but would like to reduce the amount of operation overhead in maintaining task sequences, consolidating your task sequences into one task sequence should be considered. For example if you have a task sequence that deploys an x86 image and a different...
  • Blog Post: The Case of the Mysterious Disappearing Apps Part 1

    I have received several emails asking why applications are not showing up in various scenarios even though they have been configured. Depending on the scenario there are a number of reasons why this may occur. In this blog post I will be concentrating on one of the reasons why this may occur. So you...
  • Blog Post: MDT 2012 UDI Video Series - New Computer Deployment

    In an effort to inform those who are currently using or are planning on using UDI about the features available in MDT 2012 we have put together a video series covering UDI. I know what you are thinking: "But Update 1 Beta1 is already available". These videos still apply to Update 1 and I will point out...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) 2012 RC1 Release

    MDT 2012 RC1, including the new version of User Driven Installation(UDI), is now available for download. To participate, register for MDT 2012 RC 1 at Microsoft Connect. This update provides support for Configuration Manager 2012 RC2 releases. MDT 2012 fully leverages the capabilities provided by...
  • Blog Post: Snazzy OSD status with BGInfo

    This Blog post was created by Michael Schmidt. Controlling the look and feel throughout OSD a very important part of creating a good user experience. Not only is the out-of-box experience a bit bland, it’s unfamiliar and confusing to someone who’s never experienced OSD before. Our goal in this article...
  • Blog Post: MDT 2010 Update 1 Beta Release

    Release The long awaited release of MDT 2010 Update 1 Beta is finally here. We have been working hard to integrate Modena into MDT, now known as UDI. Today is the day when users can finally get their hands on it. What is UDI, you might ask. It stands for U ser D riven I nstallation. For those that are...
  • Blog Post: MDT 2012 Released

    It has been a long road, but MDT 2012 has finally released with tons of new features and functionality galore. Download MDT 2012 today to take advantage of all of the new features and functionality available for deployments. Check MDT 2012’s Download Center Page for an overview of the features...
  • Blog Post: Getting Started with Modena – Step 6 – Setting up Applications

    The following blog post was created prior to Modena releasing as UDI. Although the designer shown is not the released version the video points are still applicable. Applications can be one of the most difficult things to administer, but when setup correctly can also be one of the most robust and user...