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Last updated: June 4, 2007

Business Desktop Deployment overview video (requires Flash plug-in)

This video describes the key features and benefits of BDD 2007, the next generation of business desktop deployment guidance and tools.

TechNet Magazine: 10 things you need to know about deploying Windows Vista

From more flexible image handling to a new boot loader, Windows Vista introduces some important changes for desktop deployment. Here's a look at 10 ways Windows Vista can make your next deployment faster and easier than ever.

TechNet Magazine: Managing hardware restrictions via Group Policy

USB thumb-disk keys and other removable devices can make your personal life easier but your professional life harder. For improved security, you need a way to control what hardware devices your users are installing on their work systems. Now you can use Group Policy to control which devices they can use and which ones they can't.

Application Compatibility

Key Steps

1.       Collect and analyze the application inventory

2.       Test your mitigation strategies

3.       Resolve any outstanding compatibility issues

4.       Deploy compatibility mitigation packages

Tools and Technologies

*          Application Compatibility Toolkit

*          Virtual PC

*          Virtual Server

*          SMS 2003 (Zero Touch Only)

 

Imaging

Key Steps

1.       Build a company-standard image for deployment

2.       Test the image in a controlled pilot program

3.       Use the right tools and utilities to deploy the image

4.       Manage the image lifecycle

Tools and Technologies

*          Windows Preinstallation Environment

*          Windows System Preparation Tool

*          Desktop Deployment Workbench

*          ImageX

*          SMS 2003 (Zero Touch Only)

*          SMS 2003 OSD Feature Pack (Zero Touch Only)

 

Infrastructure Management

Key Steps

1.       Inventory hardware assets for centralized management

2.       Optimize the infrastructure for deployment

3.       Employ technologies to manage infrastructure

Tools and Technologies

*       Windows Management Instrumentation

*       Active Directory

*       Application Compatibility Toolkit

*       Windows Vista Hardware Assessment

*       SMS 2003 (Zero Touch Only)

 

Application Management

Key Steps

1.       Identify core and supplemental applications

2.       Develop and test deployment packages

3.       Identify, inventory, and prioritize applications

Tools and Technologies

*       Desktop Deployment Workbench

*       Macrovision AdminStudio Professional Edition

*       Windows Installer

*       Application Compatibility Toolkit

 

Deployment Process

Lite Touch Installation

1.       Ensure the appropriate LTI infrastructure exists

2.       Prepare the deployment environment

3.       Prepare the Windows DS server

4.       Deploy the OS images to the client computers

Zero Touch Installation

1.       Ensure the appropriate ZTI infrastructure exists

2.       Prepare the deployment environment

3.       Configure resource access and the ZTI image

4.       Prepare Windows PE CDs and legacy images

5.       Deploy the OS images to the client computers

Tools and Technologies

*       Windows Deployment Services

*       SMS 2003 (Zero Touch Only)

*       SMS 2003 OSD Feature Pack (Zero Touch Only)

 

Office Deployment

Key Steps

1.       Choose and define your Office system editions

2.       Identify the upgrade issues

3.       Create the installation point

4.       Customize Office system versions

5.       Deploy and maintain the Office system

Tools and Technologies

*       Active Directory and Group Policy

*       Office 2003 Resource Kit

*       SMS 2003 (Zero Touch Only)

 

User State Migration

Key Steps

   Capture and store user data and app information

1.       Build new desktop and install the standard image

2.       Restore user data and app information to new desktop

Tools and Technologies

*       User State Migration Tool

*       Active Directory

*       SMS 2003 (Zero Touch Only)

*       SMS OSD Feature Pack (Zero Touch Only)

 

Security / Updates

Key Steps

1.       Choose and enable the security configuration

2.       Manage security updates

3.       Maintain desktop security

Tools and Technologies

*       Windows XP Service Pack 2

*       Windows Server Update Services

*       SMS 2003 (Zero Touch Only)