Michael Niehaus' Windows and Office deployment ramblings
Since we released MDT 2012 Update 1 Beta 1 a few weeks ago, I’ve received a few panicked e-mail messages from people asking “what happened to the UDI task sequence, it’s gone.” Don’t worry, it’s still there. What we have done in MDT 2012 Update 1 is merge the ZTI and UDI task sequence together into a single task sequence. There are a couple of reasons for doing this:
Longer term, I am hopeful that we can stop making any distinctions between ZTI and UDI: they are just slight variations on the same ConfigMgr client OS deployment scenario. Those same variations exist in Lite Touch as well, but that doesn’t mean “Lite Touch with a wizard” and “Lite Touch without a wizard” are two separate scenarios.
From an implementation perspective, we wanted to make sure that we gave you a simple way of choosing a default for SkipWizard. This is done as part of the “Create MDT Task Sequence” wizard. After choosing the “Client Task Sequence” template, you will see a new wizard pane:
The choice that you make ends up configuring a specific step in the resulting task sequence:
So if you want to dynamically choose “wizard or not”, you can remove this step and instead set the value through CustomSettings.ini.
See my previous posting at http://blogs.technet.com/b/mniehaus/archive/2012/07/01/mdt-2012-update-1-dealing-with-in-use-files-when-capturing-user-state.aspx for details on how to leverage offline user state captures for ZTI deployments.
Thanks for valuable information, but I have one question:
Can we skip specific tasks? I mean Set SkipWizard Value to No and skip for example Welcome Screen only, this was possible in MDT LTI without ConfigMgr.
SkipWizard=NO didn't run the Application Discovery Preflight, which didn't detect the current programs to install after the OS upgrade. Is there a way to make it run this?