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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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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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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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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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…

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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…

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