Q. What is the Solution Accelerator for Business Desktop Deployment (BDD) 2007?

A. The Solution Accelerator for BDD contains guidance, sample templates, and technology files (such as scripts and configuration files) to facilitate deployment of Windows client operating systems such as Windows XP SP2 and Windows Vista. It presents deployment guidance as feature team guides that thoroughly explain each deployment process.

Q. Where is the best source for information for Windows Vista Deployment?

A. http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/windowsvista/aa905061.aspx

Q. What is the single central Microsoft deployment resource?

A. http://www.microsoft.com/desktopdeployment/default.aspx

Q. Where can I download BDD 2007?

A. http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=62043

Q. This download is dated 6/21/2007 – what has changed since the original release of BDD 2007 in 2006?

A. This updated release of BDD 2007 is an update rollup release and is detailed in this Knowledge Base article: http://support.microsoft.com/?id=937191

Q. Can I install this updated BDD 2007 update rollup over an earlier install of BDD 2007 w/o losing any configuration information?

A. Yes, follow the instructions in the above Knowledge Base article # 937191 and use a command line like the following to install the patch over your previous installation:

msiexec /update BDD2007_x86_Patch1.msp REINSTALL=ALL REINSTALLMODE=as /quiet

Q. Is there a quick-start or other similar document for BDD 2007 to assist in first time installation?

A. The BDD 2007 download package contains a number of useful documents for initial installation & configuration, but a newly released “Quick Start for BDD 2007” document is available for download at the same location as the BDD 2007 download above, but is not included in the download.

Q. Is the source code available for BDD 2007?

A. The source code for the BDD 2007 Deployment Workbench and various utility programs (written in C# and C++) is now available on the Microsoft Download Center. See http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=6a67f884-d629-4962-bd0a-c51bad560354&displaylang=en for the download.

Q. What are the system requirements for BDD 2007?

A. Set the below table for details:

 

*       Lite-Touch Installation

*       Zero-Touch Installation

Required Infrastructure

*       A local area network (LAN) with at least one server and sufficient disk space to store working files and images

*       Windows Server 2003 with Microsoft Active Directory directory service

*       Windows DS in legacy mode

*       SMS 2003 (functional for software distribution) with Service Pack 2 (SP2), the OSD feature pack, and the OSD Update

Required Software

*       Windows XP Professional

*       Windows Vista

*       2007 Office system

*       Windows XP Professional

*       Windows Vista

*       2007 Office system

*       Microsoft Operations Manager (MOM) 2005

*       Microsoft SQL Server 2000

Required Free Software (Download)

·         Microsoft User State Migration Toolkit (USMT) 3.01

·         Microsoft Application Compatibility Toolkit 5.0

·         Windows Automated Installation Kit

·         Microsoft Core XML Services (MSXML) 6.0

·         Microsoft Management Console 3.0

·         Windows Script Host (WSH) 5.6. for Windows XP and Windows 2000 and/or for Windows Sever 2003

·         Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0

Windows XP SP2 Deployment Tools

·         Microsoft User State Migration Toolkit (USMT) 3.01

·         Microsoft Application Compatibility Toolkit 5.0

·         Windows Automated Installation Kit

·         Microsoft Core XML Services (MSXML) 6.0

·         Microsoft Management Console 3.0

·         Windows Script Host (WSH) 5.6. for Windows XP and Windows 2000 and/or for Windows Sever 2003

·         Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0

·         SMS 2003 Service Pack 2

·         SMS 2003 Operating System Deployment Feature Pack

Q. What other tools are needed to deploy Windows Vista with BDD?

A. The tools for deployment of Windows Vista are primarily contained in the Windows Automated Installation Kit (Windows AIK). Additionally, BDD 2007 takes advantage of the User State Migration Tool 3.0 (USMT), Application Compatibility Toolkit 5.0, BitLocker Drive Preparation Tool, and the Windows Deployment Service on Windows Server 2003.

Q. Is there a similar document to the BDD Quick Start guide that details these additional tools?

A. Yes, the “Windows Vista Deployment Tools Overview” document available from the same BDD 2007 download location above lists these additional tools and describes their general features.