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  • Blog Post: USMT: Architecture-Independent Rules for Migrating 32-bit Applications

    Update 2014-04-16: I forgot to include that fact that a locationModify rule is required when using the %HklmWowSoftware% variable. The post has been updated to reflect this. One challenge with capturing the settings for a 32-bit applications with USMT is that some file and Registry paths will be different...
  • Blog Post: Keeping An Eye On USMT Progress v0.2

    Back in June I posted a script that I’d written that displays the progress of the USMT capture and recover phases in a neat HTML window off to one side of the screen; particularly useful if you are capturing/recovering large amounts of data because otherwise it looked like the USMT progress had hung...
  • Blog Post: Setting Environment Variables in a Task Sequence

    Some tools require setting an environment variable when they are used.  For example, the User State Migration Tool has several that can be used for troubleshooting.  One is discussed in the Ask the Directory Services Team blog post here .  Unfortunately, the built-in MDT or ConfigMgr Task...
  • Blog Post: Keeping An Eye On USMT Progress

    I recently did a project where all users had around 25Gb (don’t ask!) of data that had to be migrated with the USMT during the OS deployment. Because of the sheer volume of data, the USMT phases of the project took an extremely long time to complete, and because no on-screen feedback is given of the...
  • Blog Post: USMT Error Codes

    I was recently configuring the User State Migration Tool for a customer’s MDT server when, during the testing phase, the USMT began failing with an error code (‘return code’ or ‘rc’ when you read the MDT log files).  I searched the USMT documentation on TechNet looking for the explanation of what...
  • Blog Post: USMT Failures Due To Bad Profile List Entries

    Update 2010-05-07: Based on the feedback from James below (thanks James!) and similar feedback from a Microsoft Support Engineer (thanks Frank!) who hit the same failure due to Registry corruption, I’ve updated the attached script so it does not fail in these cases. Update 2013-09-23: I've attached...
  • Blog Post: Excluding USB, FireWire and other drives from USMT Capture

    A common requirement during user state migration is to not capture data from certain drives. The most commonly requested for exclusion are removable drives such as USB and FireWire drives. There is no command line option to exclude these drives automatically with USMT v3. I had to turn to scripting to...