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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: 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: The UDI Page Library

    The MDT 2012 UDI Designer has a new concept called the Page Library. The Page Library allows you to see all of the page types and instances that are available from the configuration file you are editing. Prior to MDT 2012 UDI if you wanted a page with different information you had to have multiple configuration...
  • 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: A Look at the UDI Designer Flow

    In today’s post I would like to talk a bit about the Designer Flow. Two key concepts we had when creating the UDI designer were that pages should be configured once and used in multiple locations and visually represented in the logical order in which they will be displayed. The designer flow helps...
  • Blog Post: What’s New in MDT 2012 Beta 2 UDI Part 1 - Designer

    There hasn’t been a release of UDI since MDT 2010 Update 1 and with a complete redesign of the designer and wizard you may not recognize it other than the name on the home page of the designer.Chris Adams has put together a good blog post explaining the goals that we came up with when we first...
  • 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: How to add in additional stage groups and stages

    Overview I have been meaning to write this blog for a while. Through the UDI Designer there is no way to add additional stage or stage groups. However, this doesn’t mean that it can’t be done. This just means that you must do it manually. It is a very simple process to add in additional stages or stage...
  • 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...