Package Conversion Manager(PCM) – Moving your targeting intent to the App Model

You probably have many collections each of which contain one or more query in order to populate each collection. Additionally your programs may have requirements set on them as well. These options are available to make sure that software will successfully install and at the same time allows you to target the appropriate users and devices that are…

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System Center 2012 SP1 Configuration Manager Package Conversion Manager 2.0 Beta Released

Package Conversion Manager provides an easy to use interface for converting packages to ConfigMgr 2012 app model applications which greatly reduces the amount of time as well as the number of mistakes that might be made if manually converting ConfigMgr packages to app model apps. PCM also comes with a number of features. These include:…

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How to add in additional stage groups and stages

Overview I have been meaning to write this blog for a while. Through the UDI Designer there is no way to add additional stage or stage groups. However, this doesn’t mean that it can’t be done. This just means that you must do it manually. It is a very simple process to add in additional…

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Why aren’t the options I selected from the language page set correctly – A must read for language usage with MDT 2012 Update 1 UDI

The Problem If you are using MDT 2012 Update 1 UDI and are configuring language settings, you may have run into the problem setting up your User Locale. In MDT 2012 Update 1 Beta the UDI wizard was setting InputLocale when it should have been setting UserLocale. As this was found at the last minute…

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Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2012 Update 1 Released

It just seems like yesterday that we released MDT 2012 and now we have turned around and released MDT 2012 Update 1 available for download here. Compared with MDT 2012 the journey to releasing Update 1 has been a much shorter. Regardless of this short time period some powerful features and enhancements have been added…

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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…

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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…

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MDT 2012 UDI Video Series – Application Discovery – Wouldn’t it be nice if your apps were discovered for reinstall?

  User-driven Installation (UDI):  Automatically Re-install Applications with Application Discovery Wouldn’t it be nice if at the end of an OS Deployment a user could login and their needed applications where already installed and ready for users to use and be productive? This is exactly what the application discovery feature In UDI does. Many of…

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Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) 2012 Update 1 Beta 1 available for download

Microsoft Deployment Toolkit  Download MDT 2012 Update 1 Beta 1 now! Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2012 Update 1 Beta 1 is now available for download! This release expands your deployment capabilities with support for the latest released software, including Windows 8 Release Preview, Windows Server 2012 Release Candidate, and System Center 2012 Configuration Manager SP1 Community…

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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…

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