Ramblings from another nerd on the grid
Public disclosure of your name and company name allowed? No
Objectives of the project: What problem did you set out to solve? The objective was to reduce the dependencies for the onsite technicians, and to completely automate the OS deployment with PXE boot.
Products used in the project (all that apply): SCCM 2007 R2, Windows 2008, Hyper V, SQL 2005 SP 2
Project description: We have a project, where the company wanted to completely rebuild the Infrastructure, with the right technologies from Microsoft with lowering operational and management costs and are rightly suited to their needs. Our client has offices round the globe ( have to manage 5000 Desktops + 50 servers with 13 Active directory sites in a single forest) We are half way through in our implementation :) , which involves SCCM R2--> used for Desktop Management (especially for the operating system deployment) across all the sites.
We have completed the testing for OSD with multicast options, seems to work great ! ( but though the company's infra at some places does not support the multicast options) , still the testing's are in progress.. and we should hear a confirmation from the client on the closure of the OSD requirements.
We are also evaluating Hyper V, (at present we use Hyper V with guest OS's for regular patch testing) I personally like the snapshot feature :) Still not up to the mark with SCVMM (installed 2008 R2 ) for the physical to virtual migrations and the integration with SCOM 2007
Were the objective stated at the beginning satisfied? Did you solve the problem? Yes, certainly. But the actual deployment of the OSD, or the migration has not started.
Are you going to save money? How much over how many years? We would definitely be saving money for the client
What do you think about the IT Pro Momentum program? Would you have done this project without the IT Pro Momentum program? I think its a good way, to keep people involved in such programs. We would have missed the beta's on the technet subscriptions if IT Pro Momentum Program. Lastly, I am excited to be a part of the Tech Ed happening this May. And a regular reader of your blog.