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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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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UDA with MDT 2012 UDI

As part of ConfigMgr’s move towards user centric, ConfigMgr User Device Affinity(UDA) allows you to define a relationship between a user(s) and a device. This can be done through the ConfigMgr console, but it can also be done as part of an OS deployment. John Vintzel has posted a blog discussing this concept here. Additionally there is…

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Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) 2012 RC1 Release

MDT 2012 RC1, including the new version of User Driven Installation(UDI), is now available for download. To participate, register for MDT 2012 RC 1 at Microsoft Connect. This update provides support for Configuration Manager 2012 RC2 releases. MDT 2012 fully leverages the capabilities provided by Configuration Manager 2012 for OS deployment. Customize Deployment Questions: For…

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The UDI Page Library

The MDT 2012 UDI Designer has a new concept called the Page Library. The Page Library allows you to see all of the page types and instances that are available from the configuration file you are editing. Prior to MDT 2012 UDI if you wanted a page with different information you had to have multiple…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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