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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: 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: 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: 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: Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) 2012 Update 1 Beta 1 available for download

    Microsoft Deployment Toolkit Download MDT 2012 Update 1 Beta 1 now! Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2012 Update 1 Beta 1 is now available for download! This release expands your deployment capabilities with support for the latest released software, including Windows 8 Release Preview, Windows Server...
  • 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: 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: Can I use ServiceUI.exe to launch other programs besides the UDI Setup Wizard?

    In a previous blog post located here we outlined how to create an interactive task sequence experience and detailed how to interact between a system session and a user session. Although it is not our recommended approach, as we would like you to use the tools available, sometimes customization outweighs...
  • Blog Post: What’s New in MDT 2012 Beta 2 UDI Part 2 - Wizard

    Wizard The wizard has been rewritten as well as the designer to give it a new look and feel, make it more testable, and make it extensible. When running the wizard you will notice the available pages on the left hand side are highlighted as you navigate through the wizard. These pages and the stages...
  • Blog Post: UDI fails to read or set task sequence variables on a ConfigMgr 2012 64-bit Platform

    If you are running MDT 2012 UDI on a 64 bit OS and are using System Center 2012 ConfigMgr (64-bit ConfigMgr client) then you may be running into an issue in which none of the task sequence variables get read or set from the UDI wizard. This problem occurs due to the wrong version of the UDI wizard being...
  • 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: 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: Why aren't the options I selected from the language page set correctly - A must read for language usage with MDT 2012 Update 1 UDI

    The Problem If you are using MDT 2012 Update 1 UDI and are configuring language settings, you may have run into the problem setting up your User Locale. In MDT 2012 Update 1 Beta the UDI wizard was setting InputLocale when it should have been setting UserLocale. As this was found at the last minute...
  • 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...