UDI allows the interactive deployment of Windows operating systems and applications using Configuration Manager 2012 or Configuration Manager 2007 R3. 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 the MDT task sequences consume for UDI. All of the configuration settings must be provided before you can initiate the deployment.

UDI provides a wizard-driven interface that runs on the target computer, which allows you to provide configuration information immediately prior to operating system and application deployment. This allows you to create generic OSD task sequences, and then have other users 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 the section, UDI Concepts, in the MDT document 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.

Review the overview information about UDI deployments in the subsequent sections:

·     Overview of UDI in MDT Deployment Scenarios

·     Overview of Built-in UDI Components

Table 135lists additional content resources for UDI administration and development.

Table 135. Additional Content Resources for UDI Administration and Development



Overview of UDI Administration

This content provides an overview of UDI administration.

Configuring UDI Wizard Behavior

This content describes how to configure the behavior of the UDI Wizard using the UDI Wizard Designer.

Review the UDI Wizard Designer User Interface

This content provides an overview of the UI for the UDI Wizard designer.

UDI Reference section in Microsoft Deployment Toolkit Reference

This content provides reference material for UDI, including information on:

·     OSDResults

·     AppInstaller

·     Built-in UDI stage groups and stages

·     UDI tasks

·     UDI validators

·     UDI wizard pages

User-Driven Installation Developers Guide

This content provides guidance on how to customized and extend UDI to meet the needs of your organization.

UDI Concepts section in Microsoft Deployment Toolkit Reference

This content provides definitions of UDI terms and terminology and conceptual information about UDI.


Related Topics

Performing UDI Deployments
Overview of UDI in MDT Deployment Scenarios
Overview of Built-in UDI Components