Typically, when deploying operating systems using the OSD feature in Configuration Manager and ZTI in MDT you must provide all the information necessary to deploy the operating system. Prior to performing the deployment, the information is configured in configuration files or in databases (such as the CustomSettings.ini file or the MDT DB). During the ZTI deployment process, ZTI converts the appropriate configuration settings to task sequence variables, which are consumed by the MDT task sequences for UDI. All of the configuration settings must be provided before you can initiate the deployment.

UDI provides a wizard driven interface that allows users to provide configuration information immediately prior to the deployment being performed. You can configure the user experience in the wizard, which lets you control the amount information the user completing the wizard must provide. This division of user roles allows IT pros to provide precise control over deployments while reducing the load on them by allowing other users to perform the deployments. The interface allows you to create generic OSD task sequences, and then provide computer specific information at the time of deployment, which provides greater flexibility in the deployment process.

Note   If you are unfamiliar with UDI, review the UDI terms and terminology in UDI Concepts in the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit Reference. Familiarizing yourself with these terms and terminology will help you be more successful in applying the remainder of this guide to your organization.

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