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Microsoft Deployment is the next version of Business Desktop Deployment (BDD) 2007. The current generation of automated deployment tools from Microsoft is increasingly unified; the same tools, utilities and products in many cases offer support and functionality for desktop and server deployment tasks. Following the trend of unified tools, the Business Desktop Deployment team has incorporated new functionality and guidance to support automated server deployment in addition to desktop deployment capabilities. This expanded feature set, with its guidance and ability to automate installation of Windows client and server operating systems – as well as applications – has effectively outgrown the current name, Business Desktop Deployment.
Microsoft Deployment unifies the tools and processes required for desktop and server deployment into a common deployment console and collection of guidance. Microsoft Deployment adds integration with recently released Microsoft deployment technologies to create a single path for image creation and deployment, including:
· System Center Configuration Manager 2007 Operating System Deployment
· Windows Automated Installation Kit
· Windows Deployment Services with new multicast technology
· Application Compatibility Toolkit 5.0
· User State Migration Tool 3.0.1
· 2007 Office system
· Windows Server 2008 Server Manager for automated server role definition
Enhanced Program on Microsoft Connect
This release candidate also offers an enhanced Microsoft Connect portal including technical frequently asked questions, deployment tips and tricks, a recommended 10-step program for new users to quickly get acquainted with deployment accelerators, customer-ready Solution Accelerator informational materials, and deployment-related conference presentations.
Microsoft Deployment combines the guidance and toolset from previous releases of Business Desktop Deployment and Beta releases of Windows Server Deployment. This release continues to support Zero Touch Installation (ZTI) of desktop operating systems using Systems Management Server (SMS) 2003 with the Operating System Deployment Feature Pack and adds new deployment and task sequencing capabilities for desktops and servers using System Center Configuration Manager 2007. Microsoft Deployment also continues to provide Lite Touch Installation (LTI) support without infrastructure requirements and adds capabilities for Windows Server 2003 and pre-release versions of Windows Server 2008.
New Features in Microsoft Deployment RC1
Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2007 support, with the following features:
· Full support for Windows Vista, Windows XP, and Windows Server 2003 deployments with Microsoft Deployment and Configuration Manager 2007.
· Complete integration into the Configuration Manager 2007 admin console and task sequencing capabilities.
o Quick start Configuration Manager 2007 operating system deployments using one wizard to create needed task sequences and packages.
o Extension of the Configuration Manager 2007 task sequencing capabilities with new actions.
· Feature parity with BDD 2007 and SMS 2003, including dynamic package installation, automatic determination of state store location, computer backup, and database settings.
· Installation support for computers unknown to the Configuration Manager 2007 database
· Added support for offline patching
· Support for offline and online language pack installation
· Deployment monitoring:
o Updated Management Pack for System Center Operations Manager 2007
Lite Touch Installation (LTI) support for Windows Server 2008:
· Support for deploying Windows Server 2008 Beta 3 and potentially RC1 (to be verified after RC1 release), including support for Server Core installation options.
· Automated server role definition using Server Manager
Lite Touch Installation (LTI) enhancements:
· Enhanced disk and network interface cards (NICs) configuration options, including support for static TCP/IP configuration.
· Design changes to ease the migration from LTI to Configuration Manager 2007.
· Support for multiple task sequence templates. New sample templates include:
o Client template: Windows Vista, Windows XP
o Server template: Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2008
o Replace scenario template
· Ability to invoke web service calls
o Support for web service calls from rules
o Web services can be invoked as part of the rules processing performed by Microsoft Deployment, using new rules that can be defined in CustomSettings.ini.
· Support for BDD 2007 upgrade or side-by-side installation with Microsoft Deployment.
Lite Touch Installation (LTI) multicast support:
· Deployment Workbench supports multicast transmission of operating system images when performing LTI deployments from Windows Server 2008 servers that are running Windows Deployment Services.
Where to Find Microsoft Deployment RC1
Microsoft Deployment is available as an open beta download in the Microsoft Deployment Connection Program on Microsoft Connect.
To join the Microsoft Deployment program, click here.
If you are already participating in the program, click here to access the download page.
If you have not previously registered with Microsoft Connect, you might be required to register before you continue with the invitation process.
Desktop Deployment Center on Microsoft TechNet
System Center Configuration Manager on Microsoft TechNet
System Center Configuration Manager evaluation software on Microsoft TechNet
Windows Server 2008 on Microsoft TechNet
Yesterday we released Microsoft Deployment RC1 on the Microsoft Connect Site (http://connect.microsoft.com/). Many of you have already started testing and providing feedback (thank you!). There are two issues that have been uncovered this morning with the RC1 release. An error will occur when running Configure ConfigMgr Integraion or Configure WDS PXE Filter. The error occurs because two files were not properly signed in the release. We will be releasing an updated build and updated files within the next 24 hours.
If you would like to work around the issue. You can follow the following steps:
1. Click on Start, All Programs, Accessories, Command Prompt, and then select Run as administrator2. You may see the screen grey and a 'User Account Control' dialog box appear. If this happens, click Continue so that the command prompt starts.
Obtain a copy of sn.exe. Sn.exe installed with Visual Studio 2005, and the .NET Framework 2.0 SDK, and therefore it may already be on the computer. If it is not on the computer, then download .NET Framework 2.0 SDK to obtain it. The x86 version of the Software development kit can be downloaded from http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=FE6F2099-B7B4-4F47-A244-C96D69C35DEC. The x64 version of the SDK can be downloaded from http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=1AEF6FCE-6E06-4B66-AFE4-9AAD3C835D3D<
32-bit computer:"<path_to_sn>\sn.exe" -Vr *,31bf3856ad364e35
64-bit computer:"<path_to_sn>\sn.exe" -Vr *,31bf3856ad364e35
This should only be used as a temporary workaround until the updated files are posted as this might weaken the security of your system. Once we have released the updated files you will need to run sn.exe -Vx to re-enable Strong Name validation.
Thank you for your patience and your diligence in testing Microsoft Deployment.
The development team has isolated issues in the initial Microsoft Deployment RC1 build. Toolkit was throwing errors when Configure ConfigMgr Integration, Configure Management Pack or Configure WDS PXE Filter features were invoked. The errors occur because two files were not properly signed in the Microsoft Deployment RC1 release. We have released an updated build which contains these signed files. Please download the latest installers from Connect web site.
If you would like to work around the issue without reinstalling Microsoft Deployment , you can refer to steps given at Microsoft Deployment team blog site.
Thank you for your patience and your diligence in testing Microsoft Deployment. Please make sure to submit bug reports on Connect Feedback site.