MDT 2012 Update 1: UDI “Build Your Own Pages”

One of the challenges with previous versions of the UDI wizard was extensibility.  With MDT 2010 Update 1, there was no way to add a new page.  With MDT 2012, you could do this by writing C++ and C# code, which at least made it doable, but beyond the capabilities of most organizations.  Now with…

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MDT 2012 Update 1: Orchestrator support

Another new feature in MDT 2012 Update 1 is the ability to call System Center 2012 Orchestrator runbooks from within a task sequence.  This works with Lite Touch deployments, ConfigMgr 2007, and ConfigMgr 2012.  Using this capability, you can tie external processes into your task sequences, without needing to employ developers to create web services…

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MDT 2012 Update 1: Monitoring for ConfigMgr

In MDT 2012, we added support for DaRT integration into an MDT Lite Touch boot image, as well as a new monitoring feature that integrated with DaRT to make remote control into Windows PE easy.  See http://blogs.technet.com/b/mniehaus/archive/2011/11/28/mdt-2012-new-feature-dart-integration.aspx and http://blogs.technet.com/b/mniehaus/archive/2012/07/27/mdt-2012-update-1-dart-8-support.aspx for more information. In MDT 2012 Update 1, we now can use the MDT monitoring feature…

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MDT 2012 Update 1: Merged ZTI and UDI task sequences

Since we released MDT 2012 Update 1 Beta 1 a few weeks ago, I’ve received a few panicked e-mail messages from people asking “what happened to the UDI task sequence, it’s gone.”  Don’t worry, it’s still there.  What we have done in MDT 2012 Update 1 is merge the ZTI and UDI task sequence together…

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MDT 2012 Update 1: DaRT 8 support

In MDT 2012 RTW that released back in April, we included support for DaRT 7, making it easy to add the DaRT components to Lite Touch boot images.  See http://blogs.technet.com/b/mniehaus/archive/2011/11/28/mdt-2012-new-feature-dart-integration.aspx for more details on that. With MDT 2012 Update 1 Beta 1, we added support for DaRT 8 Beta, while leaving support for DaRT 7…

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MDT 2012 Update 1: ConfigMgr 2012 SP1 CTP support

The MDT 2012 Update 1 release is primarily intended to add support for deploying Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012.  For ConfigMgr 2012, it’s the SP1 release that adds similar support.  So if you want to start testing out the Windows 8 deployment process, you’ll want to be using MDT 2012 Update 1 (beta at…


Trying to install ConfigMgr 2012 RTM? Make sure you have the right SQL…

Now that Configuration Manager 2012 RTM is available, people will certainly start installing it, both in their labs and in production – and will start finding out that the SQL version check in the ConfigMgr installer is looking for some very specific SQL maintenance levels.  (I’ve pulled out plenty of my own hair doing this…

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Inside a Task Sequence

I’ve done a few sessions now where I demonstrated how to put some hooks into a task sequence so that you can single step through the process and “poke around” to see exactly what is going on.  Since I’ve promised to make those scripts available, and will get lots of e-mails from people if I…

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Trying to install ConfigMgr 2012 RC2? Make sure you have the right SQL…

Now that Configuration Manager 2012 RC2 is available, people will certainly start updating their labs – and finding out that the SQL version check in the ConfigMgr installer is looking for some very specific SQL maintenance levels.  (I’ve pulled out plenty of my own hair doing this recently.)  The release notes cover the supported versions:…

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Creating the ConfigMgr “System Management” Container with PowerShell

One of the steps in the Configuration Manager installation process is to manually create the “System Management” container in Active Directory, then give the ConfigMgr computer account the ability to create objects in it.  Yes, even with Configuration Manager 2012, this is still something that needs to be done manually. So that was this evening’s…

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