Kevin Remde's IT Pro Weblog
For a couple years now I've been singing the praise of "these three little letters that, if you remember nothing else from my presentation, I want you to remember: BDD!" Business Desktop Deployment.
BDD is one of many "Solution Accelerators" Microsoft makes available. As the name implies, these are product or area focused tools that help accelerate you towards a solution - providing both guidance and the tools required to bring you up-and-running quickly with some solution. Business Desktop Deployment (BDD) is/was a very powerful set of such knowledge and tools all around making it easy to create LTI or ZTI (Light and Zero Touch Installation) deployments of Windows Desktops and applications.
"You said, 'was', Kevin. Is the BDD gone?"
No. It's not gone. Not yet. But it is being replaced by "Microsoft Deployment". So.. do a search-and-replace of everything I've ever said about BDD and replace it with MD.
Microsoft Deployment (Release Candidate 1 just went live TODAY on the Microsoft Connect site - details on how to get it below) is the next version.
"Why the change? What's new?"
Well, in a nutshell, this new tool (and new name) refers not just to deploying desktops. It's about deployment. Period. We also had a Solution Accelerator called Windows Server Deployment (WSD) which, as the name implies, was all about deploying servers. (duh!) That, too, is becoming a part of the new Microsoft Deployment Solution Accelerator.
Here are a list of "What's new" that I received in an e-mail about it just under an hour ago:
New Features in Microsoft Deployment
Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2007 support, with the following features:
Lite Touch Installation (LTI) support for Windows Server 2008:
Lite Touch Installation (LTI) enhancements:
Lite Touch Installation (LTI) multicast support:
"Cool! How do I get it, Kevin?"
It's an open beta download right now. You get it by signing up for the Microsoft Connection Deployment program in Microsoft Connect.
If you're already a member, you can go straight to the download here.
Now I'm off to edit my slides. I've got BDD all over the place...
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Will MD allow us to create "Removable Media" deployment points with iso files for custom images that are greater than 4.7 GB?
We are currently using BDD. We are trying to configure a "Removable Media" LTI deployment of a custom Vista image that is 6 GB and growing. I can create the deployment point but when I try to update it with creation of an iso file, an error occurs stating that OSCDIMG can't create the iso file because it it larger than what will fit on one DVD. If I don't create the iso file it updates without error.
I have tried splitting the image manually and replacing the existing Install.wim with the new install.swm in the LTI directory structure. The LTI scripts of course don't like this because they are looking for install.wim not install.swm. Is there some way around this? Does MD handle it automatically by creating multiple isos if needed?
I have used createspannedimages.cmd, but it doesn't seem to work with the deployment point directory structure.
Wow! Seems like just the other day I was talking here about the release candidate for this, and now here