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 accomplish these…


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…


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…


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 Lite Touch user experience, and behind-the-scenes…


Enabling the Hyper-V role during a task sequence while avoiding the reboots

When enabling the hyper-v role during a task sequence,  using ServerManagerCMD.exe the role requires a reboot… well actually 2 reboots. This causes problems with the task sequence. The task sequence will handle the first reboot fine but when the machine comes back up it will reboot the machine outside of the task sequence’s control. There…


Package Conversion Manger Readiness States and Rules

In my previous post I gave an overview of what Package Conversion Manger (PCM) was. In this post I will cover the various readiness states and the rules that determine each of the readiness states.   Readiness states There are 5 readiness states which are shown in the slide below along with their definitions.  …


Package Conversion Manager (PCM) CTP 1 High Level Overview

Getting Started As I mentioned in my previous post, Package Conversion Manager (PCM) allows for converting packages and programs into applications and deployment types in System Center Configuration Manager 2012. Packages must first be migrated from a 2007 site to a 2012 site. There is a migration feature built into Configuration Manager 2012 that allows…


Returning from MMS

Microsoft Management Summit (MMS) is a great place to learn about the great new products and features that Microsoft is making available, especially System Center products. There are a lot of great sessions that I would have loved to have gone to including several for Orchestrator, System Center Ops Manager, Configuration Manager, Server Manager, and…


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 have…


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 using an in box solution….