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  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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 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...