Finally!!! I've blogged about these tools so many times now and have done screencasts about them too. Finally you too can play with them and download them. Heres what the email I got says:
"...Business Desktop Deployment (BDD) 2007 has undergone many changes to significantly ease the deployment of Windows Vista, including new out-of-the-box imaging technologies, XML-based migration scripts, new tools for image engineering (ImageX and System Image Manager), and new unattend XML format. Another huge breakthrough with Windows Vista is Hardware Abstraction Layer (HAL) independence and language neutrality; this means that organizations can get to a minimal number of standard images across multiple hardware types....
...BDD 2007 includes guidance based on every stakeholder role involved with desktop deployment, from business decision makers to end users...
BDD 2007 also introduces the new Deployment Workbench, which enables users to build and manage multiple OS configurations, define network deployment points and network shares, inject drivers, attach language packs, and chain applications. It even helps generate ISO and WIM images using Windows PE that can be deployed in a networked environment or using DVDs offline. BDD 2007 also alleviates much of the scripting requirements of previous deployment practices by incorporating a stand-alone task sequencer derived from System Center Configuration Manager 2007. BDD continues to offer the flexibility for Zero Touch Installation with Systems Management Server 2003 and Lite Touch Installation with minimal infrastructure requirements..."
Is there any way to specify proxy settings for downloading components?
No there isnt sorry. Though we go through proxies too at MSFT and worked fine for me.
BDD07, a massive solid step in the right direction, thx guys! i just want to give bdd and waik a big hug :-)
btw Mike, really enjoyed your presentation in Australia late last year on this stuff :-)
Thanks Dave - appreciate the kind words. Will be also doing a screencast on the NAP demo I did last year on this aswell. Glad youre enjoying BDD. The BDD team will be happy that youre happy!