Q. What’s new in USMT 4?

A. Easier to reference a link on this one: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd560752(WS.10).aspx. Here’s a quick list though:

  • Hard-link migration store
  • Improved Space estimation
  • Ability to gather data from an offline Windows® operating system using the ScanState command
  • Domain controller access is no longer required by ScanState and LoadState.
  • Integration with Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) and the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT)
  • Configurable file errors
  • New helper functions
  • Volume shadow copy support
  • Local group migration
  • List files being migrated
  • Usmtutils.exe
  • New AES encryption options

Q. Which version of USMT should I be using with Configuration Manager.

A. It depends. USMT 4 has many improvements but cannot be used in all cases. First, you must install ConfigMgr 2007 SP2 for full USMT 4.0 support. Also, USMT 4.0 cannot restore to Windows XP. It can capture from XP, just not restore to it.

Thus, if you are at SP2 and are restoring to Win 7, then definitely use 4.0. The XML schema for the configuration files is compatible so you should just be able to roll any existing configuration files that you have from 3 to 4.

Q. Do I need to create package to use USMT 4.0? If so, where do I get the source files and how do I create this package?

A. Yes, you will need a package to use USMT 4.0. The source files for USMT 4.0 are actually part of the WAIK 2.0 which installs as part of SP2’s installation. Here’s an excellent post by Ronni Pedersen describing the package creation process: http://scug.dk/blogs/configurationmanager/archive/2009/09/10/configuring-usmt-4-0-for-configuration-manager-part-1.aspx.

Q. How do I use offline mode to capture data from WinPE?

A. Check out a recently posted webcast from Niall Brady: http://www.windows-noob.com/forums/index.php?/topic/1885-webcast-%23-1-using-offline-mode-in-windows-pe/.