It's that time in the hardware refresh cycle again where you have to replace laptops on mass, well at least it is for me.
Our main challenge was migrating users Firefox bookmarks and also the desire to capture Outlook signatures and auto-complete information without capturing all Office applications information (we wanted to start as fresh as possible).
I've never really dug in depth into the USMT and K2000 before now and I've found it in needed of a little massaging.
The USMT definition XML file for applications (MigApp.xml) included with USMT 5.0 does provide support for many non Microsoft productions including Firefox, Chrome and Adobe Acrobat amongst other. The only problem is Microsoft hasn't had the inclination to keep it up-to-date.
Thanks to some clues from fellow ITNinja Jegolf, I found that the MigApp.xml is hard coded to look for Mozilla Firefox 3 (hello cira 2008).
USMT FIX: (assuming WAIK 8)
Edit the MigApp.xml files in both the C:\Program Files (x86)\Windows
Kits\8.1\Assessment and Deployment Kit\User State Migration
Tool\amd64 and C:\Program Files (x86)\Windows
Kits\8.1\Assessment and Deployment Kit\User State Migration Tool\x86 folders.
The line to modify:
Firefox 3.*\bin [PathToExe]")</condition>
Firefox *.*\bin [PathToExe]")</condition>
After making these modifications, re-upload the USMT tool into the K2000.
Now if you choose the User Data tick box under Documents To Be Scanned in the
K2000 USMT Scan Template, any version of Firefox will correctly be migrated.
Firefox specific migration (and other) without migrating ALL User Data
In the K2000 USMT Scan Template, if you tick User Data then it migrates anything in the MigApp.xml template
which is anything from Firefox to all Office components to Acrobat etc etc.
This is not particularly helpful if you want to be more granular about what you
take to ensure you don't pass on redundant or out of date settings.
To customize the USMT Scan Template created in the K2000 is not as easy as it
Create a KACE USMT Scan Template and customize it with any visible settings
but DO NOT tick User Data
- Export this USMT Scan Template from the Package Management area of the K2000
- Browse to the <K2000>\restore Samba share and find the exported package
- Extract the package with 7-Zip
- Open the extracted file with notepad and copy the USMT XML component out to
a new file.
This begins with
<Configuration> and ends with </Configuration>
- Save this file with XML file extension
In the K2000, open your USMT Scan Template and under the Content
Configuration tick Specify config file.
Browse and select the XML file you created and then Save the USMT Scan
When you reopen this USMT Scan Template, the K2000 shows it in the Template GUI
format but as this GUI is not aware of the Applications section of the config
file it won't be displayed. It does exist and modifying and saving the USMT
Scan Template will not overwrite it (an export of the USMT Scan Template proves this).
So, what have we learned:
a) Microsoft didn't bother fixing this Firefox version number hard coding in
the MmigApp.xml file. This is possibly a problem for Chrome and other
applications mentioned in it.
b) KACE USMT Scan Template GUI is not aware of Applications section of config
c) KACE USMT Scan Templates are ALL or nothing for applications. Granularity of
applications already built into USMT (anything listed in MigApp.xml) would be
d) the 'Specify config file' option in the KACE USMT Scan Templates is
ambiguous as to the required format of the config file. I only got this working
when I exported a template from the KACE (thank KACE support as I wasn't aware you could extract the packages) and copied the XML.
The ability to directly save an example config or the
current config out for modification would make it simple to add customisation.