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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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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MDT 2012 Released

It has been a long road, but MDT 2012 has finally released with tons of new features and functionality galore.  Download MDT 2012 today to take advantage of all of the new features and functionality available for deployments. Check MDT 2012’s Download Center Page for an overview of the features and functionality available in MDT…

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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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MMS 2012: Tons of Knowledge to be had and Presentations Galore

MMS is around the corner and there are tons of sessions and knowledge to take away. This sold out conference is a standard for anyone using or planning to use System Center products, but of course that there is much more to the conference than just that. This year there will be plenty of discussion on…

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