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…


MDT 2010 Update 1 Release

Release The long awaited release of MDT 2010 Update 1 is finally here. After making several fixes over the Beta version, MDT 2010 Update 1 released earlier this week. To find out what is different between Modena and UDI, and when to use UDI, LTI, or ZTI please see the Beta release link here. To…


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…


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 User Driven Installation. For those…


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 friendly portions of a deployment….


How to read task sequence variables in a run state

Overview For those times when you need to find out what a variable is set to while running a task sequence, you can run a simple script along with the variable name that you would like to check the value for. As long as the task sequence environment is available and the variable’s value is…


Collecting USMTv4 Stats using ConfigMgr 2007 when deploying Windows 7

If you are using ConfigMgr to deploy Operating systems, and leveraging USMT (User State Migration Tool) for User State migration, you would be very much interested in finding out answers for the following questions. How long did USMT take to capture the User State data on a system? How long did USMT take to restore…


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, copy and paste the…


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 task sequence to deploy the…