Longer term, though, I suspect there’ll also be lots of interest in and traffic toward the various Microsoft deployment tools that can accommodate Windows 7. Interested enterprise desktop professionals will surely want to check out (and keep an eye on) the Microsoft Solution Accelerators Web page, where they will find links to the following items of special interest:
Here are some other items of related and potential interest as well, already widely available:
There’s plenty more where all those things came from, but this will be more than enough to get you started, and to help you zero in on the items most likely to do your enterprise some good during upcoming deployment planning and implementation efforts. Enjoy!]]>
With a little foreknowledge about Windows PE at your disposal, you can’t help but find these Windows PE Walkthroughs (step-by-step instructions on building and using various Windows PE environments) on TechNet of terrific interest:
By the time you work your way through this material, you’ll be well-prepared to deal with most of the chores related to creating and manipulating the Windows Image (.wim) files that Vista uses for installation and setup. Definitely worth getting to know, and spending some time with. I’m pitching a book on this subject right now myself, with a Web site to go along with it, in fact. WinPE is also great for Vista troubleshooting, low-level system maintenance and repair, and more as well.]]>
For this kind of task, however, the Windows Automated Installation Kit page on Technet provides pointers to the primary resources admins will need to explore these possibilities further. That’s where you’ll find pointers to the WAIK User’s Guide, a discussion of Windows Preinstallation Phases, the Deployment Tools Technical Reference, and the Unattended Windows Setup Reference, all of which play important roles in this activity.
In my next blogs, I’ll be digging into this task further, with some examples and illustrations, and exploring this document set in more detail. Stay tuned!