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DB-19-11-19 Driver Database Update Bookmark

November 19, 2019

Driver DB Amendments:

Customer-requested drivers since November 6, 2019 Release.


Drivers Affected:

See Attached: UIU DB-19-11-19 Drivers.pdf

Make and Models Affected:

See Attached: Make-Model DB-19-11-19.pdf

Issue: Surface Pro 7

Details:
UIU Driver Database updated to support Microsoft Surface Pro 7.





Reminder:

The full driver database exceeds 33Gb in size (33.3 Gb IMP). Please follow the guidelines below for optimal performance. This database release still covers Windows 7 through Windows 10 (32/64bit).



USB Flash drives need to be formatted with the NTFS file system before the driver database will successfully transfer. Network share access is recommended.


Support Reminder:

The Big Bang Support Team would like to remind our customers to please clear out any drivers represented in the Custom folder(s) prior to testing with a new version of the UIU Driver Database as neglecting to do so may result in false negative installations.  Please contact a Support Representative with questions or concerns. Thank you!



5.8.1.0 - Core Functionality Update - Classic Mode Bookmark

November 11, 2019 - RELEASE
Includes UIUPrep version 5.8.4.0



This is an update of the UIUPREP application ONLY.

UIU Driver Database Review

Details:
Our Support team has completed a comprehensive review of the UIU Driver Database, particularly with respect to its inclusion of unsigned drivers. In previous versions, when the "Signed Drivers Only" option had been selected, unsigned drivers may have been delivered to target machines but not employed. As of UIUPREP version 5.8.4.0, handling of unsigned drivers has been optimized to ensure that they are not even delivered to target machines when the "Signed Drivers Only" option has been selected.



The UIU Classic Mode is a direct, compulsory upgrade for the UIU Classic (4.x) product. Support for UIU Classic (4.x) will be deprecated with the introduction of UIU License Keys with expiration dates ≥ Jan 1, 2020.


UIU Classic Mode v5.8.1.0 contains several critical fixes and both the UIU Executables Files (UIU Classic Live) and UIU Driver Database Files (UIU Classic Live DB Files) should be downloaded and used in conjunction.







What is the UIU Classic Mode?


The original UIU 4.x — known in recent years as the UIU Classic — accommodated all OS deployment solutions, including those that do not utilize Microsoft's Windows PE, by storing the entire UIU Driver Database within the OS image. The UIU Classic Mode is an updated version of that methodology for those users that do not use a WinPE-based deployment solution.

How is it different from the UIU 4.x "Classic" product?


The UIU Classic method has been integrated into a optimized modern GUI, (though the basic process was preserved as much as possible for ease of adoption).

How is it different from the UIU 5?


  • The entire UIU Driver Database is stored in the UIU-prepared image as opposed to network-based delivery of target machine specific drivers only.

  • The Master Image must be manipulated by the UIU Classic Mode process. The UIU 5 does not require any preparation within the image itself.

  • Using the UIU Classic Mode, if unsigned drivers are opted-in, the Administrator will be prompted for each one during execution. The UIU 5, wherein its method includes staging the appropriate drivers from WinPE, allows the Windows operating system to address unsigned drivers without interaction.


Who should use the UIU Classic Mode?


Users employing OS deployment solutions that are not based on Windows PE (e.g. Linux-based solutions like CloneZilla and FOG)

Who should NOT use the UIU Classic Mode?


  • It is highly recommended that users employing OS deployment solutions that utilize Windows PE use the UIU 5

  • UIU customers that are utilizing the Microsoft's SCCM solution should use the UIU Plug-ins 2.0 - SCCM

  • UIU customers that are utilizing the Microsoft's MDT solution should use the UIU Plug-ins 2.0 - MDT



Please refer to the UIU Classic Mode - User Guide for detailed implementation and usage instructions.



Due to security upgrades, UIU License Keys with expiration dates ≥ Jan 1, 2020 will only be valid with the following product versions of the UIU (or newer):

UIU 5: 5.8.0.0
UIU Plug-in for SCCM: 2.2.2.0 (incl. UIUSMS.DLL v2.2.1.0)
UIU Plug-in for MDT: 2.2.2.0 (incl. UIUSMS.DLL v2.2.1.0)
UIU Classic Mode: 5.8.0.0


Note: Each of these products employ the UIUPREP executable and as such the version of UIUPREP.EXE must be ≥ 5.8.0.0


WARNING: The UIU Classic (4.x) Product will not function using UIU License Keys with expiration dates ≥ Jan 1, 2020


Requirements - .Net Framework Version

The UIU Classic Mode (as of UIU 5.8.0.x) requires the .NET 4.6 Framework.



For assistance or questions, please contact us:


UIU Support

5.8.1.0 - Core Functionality Update Bookmark

November 11, 2019 - RELEASE
Includes UIUPrep version 5.8.4.0


This is an update of the UIUPREP application ONLY.

UIU Driver Database Review

Details:
Our Support team has completed a comprehensive review of the UIU Driver Database, particularly with respect to its inclusion of unsigned drivers. In previous versions, when the "Signed Drivers Only" option had been selected, unsigned drivers may have been delivered to target machines but not employed. As of UIUPREP version 5.8.4.0, handling of unsigned drivers has been optimized to ensure that they are not even delivered to target machines when the "Signed Drivers Only" option has been selected.



Due to security upgrades, UIU License Keys with expiration dates ≥ Jan 1, 2020 will only be valid with the following product versions of the UIU (or newer):

UIU 5: 5.8.0.0
UIU Plug-in for SCCM: 2.2.2.0 (incl. UIUSMS.DLL v2.2.1.0)
UIU Plug-in for MDT: 2.2.2.0 (incl. UIUSMS.DLL v2.2.1.0)
UIU Classic Mode: 5.8.0.0


Note: Each of these products employ the UIUPREP executable and as such the version of UIUPREP.EXE must be ≥ 5.8.1.0


WARNING: The UIU Classic (4.x) Product will not function using UIU License Keys with expiration dates ≥ Jan 1, 2020


Issue: Microsoft ADK 1803

Symptoms:
When employing ADK options in UIU with ADK 1803 installed on the UIU 5 Console machine, DISM commands fail to execute properly. This issue is under investigation.

Work-Around:
When employing ADK options, please use an earlier version of Microsoft ADK on the console machine, (e.g. ADK 1709).

Resolution:
With ADK 1803 installed on the UIU 5 Console machine, a pop-up window stating "Using Windows 10 or later" will be presented. Selecting the "OK" button will allow the ADK process to proceed. Alternatively for unattended operations, an earlier version of ADK should be employed, (e.g. ADK 1709).



REMINDER - Requirements Change - .Net Framework Version Upgrade

The UIU 5 (as of UIU 5.7.x.x) now requires the .NET 4.6 Framework.



REMINDER - The UIU 5 (version 5.5.0.0 and newer) no longer employs driver.dat files for installation and manual updates.

This (and future) versions will require Driver.imp files (e.g. DB170411-p5460.imp) for those operations. Online UIU 5 Updates will be unaffected..



REMINDER - UIU Log File Location CHANGE!

Details:
On deployed machines only, the Log folder & UIU data folder have been migrated from Program Files to ProgramData.

UIU log files on deployed machines are now located under the ProgramData\UIU directory. Additionally, resources needed by each application are extracted/placed in the ProgramData\UIU\bin directory (temporarily). Program Files is no longer used for any resources or logs.

NOTE: The UIU 5 Installation log files are also now located in ProgramData\UIU; other install files remain in Program Files.



2.3.1.0 - UIU Plug-ins 2.0 with SCCM - Core Functionality Update Bookmark

November 11, 2019 - RELEASE
Includes UIU plug-in for SCCM version 2.3.1.0
Includes UIUPrep version 5.8.4.0


This is an update of the UIUPREP application ONLY.

New Feature: Continue on Error Control Compliance

Details:
In accordance with the SCCM(MDT) Task Sequence engine, the UIUPREP application will now return an error code (1) in the event that a condition required for the UIU to function efficiently or completely has not been satisfied. SCCM and MDT users should be able to control whether or not Task Sequences continue under the "Options" panel of their UIU Deployment Configuration step via the "Continue on error" control.



UIU Driver Database Review

Details:
Our Support team has completed a comprehensive review of the UIU Driver Database, particularly with respect to its inclusion of unsigned drivers. In previous versions, when the "Signed Drivers Only" option had been selected, unsigned drivers may have been delivered to target machines but not employed. As of UIUPREP version 5.8.4.0, handling of unsigned drivers has been optimized to ensure that they are not even delivered to target machines when the "Signed Drivers Only" option has been selected.



Due to security upgrades, UIU License Keys with expiration dates ≥ Jan 1, 2020 will only be valid with the following product versions of the UIU (or newer):

UIU 5: 5.8.0.0
UIU Plug-in for SCCM: 2.2.2.0 (incl. UIUSMS.DLL v2.2.1.0)
UIU Plug-in for MDT: 2.2.2.0 (incl. UIUSMS.DLL v2.2.1.0)
UIU Classic Mode: 5.8.0.0


Note: Each of these products employ the UIUPREP executable and as such the version of UIUPREP.EXE must be ≥ 5.8.1.0


WARNING: The UIU Classic (4.x) Product will not function using UIU License Keys with expiration dates ≥ Jan 1, 2020


REMINDER: Requirements Change - .Net Framework Version Upgrade

The UIU Plug-ins 2.0 with SCCM (as of UIU 2.2.2.x) now requires the .NET 4.6 Framework.





REMINDER

The UIU Plug-ins 2.0 is a direct, compulsory upgrade for the UIU plug-in for MDT (v1.x). Support and UIU DAT files for UIU plug-in for MDT (v1.x) will be deprecated on Feb 1, 2018.

All OS deployment task sequences should be thoroughly assessed for remnants of the UIU Machine Configuration element, (associated with the UIU v1.x product), prior to uninstalling the UIU v1.x product. Failure to remove UIU v1.x task sequence elements prior to uninstallation will result in unrecoverable MMC errors when requesting properties on those task sequences, rendering those task sequences unusable!


Please refer to the UIU Plug-ins 2.0 - SCCM User Guides for detailed implementation and usage instructions.

The UIU Plug-ins 2.0 for SCCM version 2.1.0.0 also includes support for 1E Nomad/Active Efficiency. Please contact UIU Support for details.



The UIU Plug-ins 2.0 is a versatile solution that may be invoked though the standard SCCM Console interface via a task element (UIU Deployment Configuration) or directly through a Run Command Line task element. Furthermore, The UIU may be invoked manually from within a Windows PE session under the direction of UIU Support. Multiple modes of operation have been provided to accommodate environmental differences as well as policy/change control restrictions.

System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM)
In SCCM, integration consists of the inclusion of a uiusms.dll in the "C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Configuration Manager\AdminConsole\bin" directory as well as the addition of necessary WMI classes (MOF) to support the UIU Plug-ins 2.0. If integration is not desired or permitted, an Administrator may launch the UIU Plug-ins 2.0 from a Run Command Line task element (with the correct arguments) to achieve a successful result. Furthermore, if an Administrator is not able to control the configuration of various SCCM Remote Console implementations (distribution of a single UIU dll file), the integration of the UIU Plug-ins 2.0 may prove to be problematic and utilizing the Run Command Line task element will alleviate those issues.

For more information on alternative methods of invoking the UIU Plug-ins 2.0, Please contact UIU Support.

IMP Files

This version of the UIU requires the use of UIU IMP files to establish a UIU Repository from locally existing files. If bandwidth allows, Big Bang recommends that the UIU Repository be established (and regularly updated) from Big Bang's Online Updates resources. UIU DAT files are not supported.

UIU Import files (*.IMP) contain required driver files, driver database(s) and UIU components which are used to populate a UIU Repository from which deployed target machines will draw necessary files during OS deployment Task Sequence executions. These files are used in conjunction with the UIUPM.

For assistance or questions, please contact us:


UIU Support

2.3.1.0 - UIU Plug-ins 2.0 with MDT - Core Functionality Update Bookmark

November 11 2019 - RELEASE
Includes UIU plug-in for MDT version 2.3.1.0
Includes UIUPrep version 5.8.4.0


This is an update of the UIUPREP application ONLY.

New Feature: Continue on Error Control Compliance

Details:
In accordance with the SCCM(MDT) Task Sequence engine, the UIUPREP application will now return an error code (1) in the event that a condition required for the UIU to function efficiently or completely has not been satisfied. SCCM and MDT users should be able to control whether or not Task Sequences continue under the "Options" panel of their UIU Deployment Configuration step via the "Continue on error" control.



UIU Driver Database Review

Details:
Our Support team has completed a comprehensive review of the UIU Driver Database, particularly with respect to its inclusion of unsigned drivers. In previous versions, when the "Signed Drivers Only" option had been selected, unsigned drivers may have been delivered to target machines but not employed. As of UIUPREP version 5.8.4.0, handling of unsigned drivers has been optimized to ensure that they are not even delivered to target machines when the "Signed Drivers Only" option has been selected.



Due to security upgrades, UIU License Keys with expiration dates ≥ Jan 1, 2020 will only be valid with the following product versions of the UIU (or newer):

UIU 5: 5.8.0.0
UIU Plug-in for SCCM: 2.2.2.0 (incl. UIUSMS.DLL v2.2.1.0)
UIU Plug-in for MDT: 2.2.2.0 (incl. UIUSMS.DLL v2.2.1.0)
UIU Classic Mode: 5.8.0.0


Note: Each of these products employ the UIUPREP executable and as such the version of UIUPREP.EXE must be ≥ 5.8.1.0


WARNING: The UIU Classic (4.x) Product will not function using UIU License Keys with expiration dates ≥ Jan 1, 2020

REMINDER: New Feature - Task Sequence UIU License Key Updating

The UIU plug-in updating feature has been upgraded to not only update the MDT plug-in within the framework of MDT (ts.xml), the service will also update the UIU license key within every MDT task sequence that contains the UIU Deployment Configuration element, requiring no Administrator interaction with MDT task sequences post-UIU updates.

Note: In previous versions of the UIU plug-in for MDT, after the plug-in had been updated using the UIU Plug-in Manager, each MDT task sequence that integrated the UIU Deployment Configuration element required an "Apply" event in order to use the UIUPM-updated UIU license key.

Supported MDT builds

  • Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT), build 8450 - 6.3.8450.1000
  • Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT), build 8456 - 6.3.8456.1000


To download Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT), build 8456, click the following link:
Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) v6.3.8456.1000


REMINDER: Requirements Change - .Net Framework Version Upgrade

The UIU Plug-ins 2.0 with MDT (as of UIU 2.2.2.x) now requires the .NET 4.6 Framework.





REMINDER

The UIU Plug-ins 2.0 is a direct, compulsory upgrade for the UIU plug-in for MDT (v1.x). Support and UIU DAT files for UIU plug-in for MDT (v1.x) will be deprecated on Feb 1, 2018.


All OS deployment task sequences should be thoroughly assessed for remnants of the UIU Machine Configuration element, (associated with the UIU v1.x product), prior to uninstalling the UIU v1.x product. Failure to remove UIU v1.x task sequence elements prior to uninstallation will result in unrecoverable MMC errors when requesting properties on those task sequences, rendering those task sequences unusable!


Please refer to the UIU Plug-ins 2.0 - MDT User Guides for detailed implementation and usage instructions.




The UIU Plug-ins 2.0 is a versatile solution that may be invoked though the standard MDT Deployment Workbench interface via a task element (UIU Deployment Configuration) or directly through a Run Command Line task element. Furthermore, The UIU may be invoked manually from within a Windows PE session under the direction of UIU Support. Multiple modes of operation have been provided to accommodate environmental differences as well as policy/change control restrictions.

Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT)
In MDT, integration consists of the inclusion of a uiusms.dll in the "C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Deployment Toolkit\bin" directory as well as a modification (additional section appended) to the Actions.xml file in the same directory. If integration is not desired or permitted, an Administrator may launch the UIU Plug-ins 2.0 from a Run Command Line task element (with the correct arguments) to achieve a successful result.

For more information on alternative methods of invoking the UIU Plug-ins 2.0, Please contact UIU Support.

IMP Files

This version of the UIU requires the use of UIU IMP files to establish a UIU Repository from locally existing files. If bandwidth allows, Big Bang recommends that the UIU Repository be established (and regularly updated) from Big Bang's Online Updates resources. UIU DAT files are not supported.

UIU Import files (*.IMP) contain required driver files, driver database(s) and UIU components which are used to populate a UIU Repository from which deployed target machines will draw necessary files during OS deployment Task Sequence executions. These files are used in conjunction with the UIUPM.

For assistance or questions, please contact us:


UIU Support

DB-19-11-06 Driver Database Update Bookmark

November 6, 2019

Driver DB Amendments:

Customer-requested drivers since October 31, 2019 Release.


Drivers Affected:

See Attached: UIU DB-19-11-06 Drivers.pdf

Make and Models Affected:

See Attached: Make-Model DB-19-11-06.pdf



Reminder:

The full driver database exceeds 32Gb in size (32.2 Gb IMP). Please follow the guidelines below for optimal performance. This database release still covers Windows 7 through Windows 10 (32/64bit).



USB Flash drives need to be formatted with the NTFS file system before the driver database will successfully transfer. Network share access is recommended.


Support Reminder:

The Big Bang Support Team would like to remind our customers to please clear out any drivers represented in the Custom folder(s) prior to testing with a new version of the UIU Driver Database as neglecting to do so may result in false negative installations.  Please contact a Support Representative with questions or concerns. Thank you!



DB-19-10-31 Driver Database Update Bookmark

October 31, 2019

Driver DB Amendments:

Customer-requested drivers since October 10, 2019 Release.
Includes minimal releases DB-19-10-21 & DB-19-10-23.


Drivers Affected:

See Attached: UIU DB-19-10-31 Drivers.pdf

Make and Models Affected:

See Attached: Make-Model DB-19-10-31.pdf



Reminder:

The full driver database exceeds 32Gb in size (32.2 Gb IMP). Please follow the guidelines below for optimal performance. This database release still covers Windows 7 through Windows 10 (32/64bit).



USB Flash drives need to be formatted with the NTFS file system before the driver database will successfully transfer. Network share access is recommended.


Support Reminder:

The Big Bang Support Team would like to remind our customers to please clear out any drivers represented in the Custom folder(s) prior to testing with a new version of the UIU Driver Database as neglecting to do so may result in false negative installations.  Please contact a Support Representative with questions or concerns. Thank you!



DB-19-10-10 Driver Database Update Bookmark

October 10, 2019

Driver DB Amendments:

Customer-requested drivers since October 3, 2019 Release.


Drivers Affected:

See Attached: UIU DB-19-10-10 Drivers.pdf

Make and Models Affected:

See Attached: Make-Model DB-19-10-10.pdf



Reminder:

The full driver database exceeds 31Gb in size (31.8 Gb IMP). Please follow the guidelines below for optimal performance. This database release still covers Windows 7 through Windows 10 (32/64bit).



USB Flash drives need to be formatted with the NTFS file system before the driver database will successfully transfer. Network share access is recommended.


Support Reminder:

The Big Bang Support Team would like to remind our customers to please clear out any drivers represented in the Custom folder(s) prior to testing with a new version of the UIU Driver Database as neglecting to do so may result in false negative installations.  Please contact a Support Representative with questions or concerns. Thank you!



DB-19-10-03 Driver Database Update Bookmark

October 3, 2019

Driver DB Amendments:

Customer-requested drivers since September 25, 2019 Release.


Drivers Affected:

See Attached: UIU DB-19-10-03 Drivers.pdf

Make and Models Affected:

See Attached: Make-Model DB-19-10-03.pdf

Issue: Contacted Smart Card Reader

Symptoms:
Driver Bang on Contacted Smart Card Reader.

Resolution:
Inclusion of a Windows 7-based driver appears to interfere. That driver has been removed from Windows 8.1 & 10 OS Support.





Reminder:

The full driver database exceeds 31Gb in size (31.8 Gb IMP). Please follow the guidelines below for optimal performance. This database release still covers Windows 7 through Windows 10 (32/64bit).



USB Flash drives need to be formatted with the NTFS file system before the driver database will successfully transfer. Network share access is recommended.


Support Reminder:

The Big Bang Support Team would like to remind our customers to please clear out any drivers represented in the Custom folder(s) prior to testing with a new version of the UIU Driver Database as neglecting to do so may result in false negative installations.  Please contact a Support Representative with questions or concerns. Thank you!



DB-19-09-25 Driver Database Update Bookmark

September 25, 2019

Driver DB Amendments:

Customer-requested drivers since September 19, 2019 Release.


Drivers Affected:

See Attached: UIU DB-19-09-25 Drivers.pdf

Make and Models Affected:

See Attached: Make-Model DB-19-09-25.pdf



Reminder:

The full driver database exceeds 31Gb in size (31.8 Gb IMP). Please follow the guidelines below for optimal performance. This database release still covers Windows 7 through Windows 10 (32/64bit).



USB Flash drives need to be formatted with the NTFS file system before the driver database will successfully transfer. Network share access is recommended.


Support Reminder:

The Big Bang Support Team would like to remind our customers to please clear out any drivers represented in the Custom folder(s) prior to testing with a new version of the UIU Driver Database as neglecting to do so may result in false negative installations.  Please contact a Support Representative with questions or concerns. Thank you!