Ramblings from another nerd on the grid
The Windows® Assessment and Deployment Kit (Windows ADK) is a collection of tools that you can use to customize, assess, and deploy Windows operating systems to new computers.
Windows Deployment is for OEMs and IT professionals who customize and automate the large-scale installation of Windows, such as on a factory floor or across an organization. The Windows ADK supports this work with the deployment tools that were previously released as part of the OEM Preinstallation Kit (OPK) and the Windows Automated Installation Kit (AIK).
Assessments are for OEMs, IHVs, and IT professionals who measure the operational characteristics of a computer, including its performance, reliability, and functionality. Windows assessments are tools that help you make these measurements, diagnose problems, and determine how to make improvements. Windows assessments can help reduce costs by identifying potential issues as you create your hardware and software experiences. By using these tools, you can help ensure that the hardware and software that you develop are responsive and high-quality.
Tools available in the Windows ADK include: • Application Compatibility Toolkit (ACT) • Deployment Tools • Windows Preinstallation Environment (Windows PE) • User State Migration Tool (USMT) • Volume Activation Management Tool (VAMT) • Windows Performance Toolkit (WPT) • Windows Assessment Toolkit • Windows Assessment Services
Go get it @ http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?displaylang=en&id=28997