Released today, the Microsoft Solution Accelerator for Business Desktop Deployment (V 2.5) delivers end-to-end guidance for efficient planning, building, testing, and deploying Microsoft Windows XP Professional x64 edition, Windows XP Tablet PC Edition, and Office Professional 2003 Editions. It helps IT professionals realize a quick return on investment while also setting new standards for reliability, performance, security, and ease of use.

BDD has been shown to reduce the cost of desktop deployment dramatically, from about $500-1000 cost per PC in the case of manual installation down to less than $100 per PC using Zero Touch deployment.

BDD v2.5 is the successor to BDD v2.0 which was released last fall. BDD has been used successfully to deploy 2MM desktops in the Enterprise space last year. This solution is free and available on TechNet website.

The updates include for BDD version 2.5 include:

  • Integration with Application Compatibility Toolkit 4.0
  • Support for Windows x64
  • Advanced reporting by integration with MOM 2005
  • Improvements in application packaging, management tools and documentation