This was the primary focus of a two-part session, with the second session focussing on the deployment of Office 2007.
There is quite a lot that has changed in Vista Deployment World. For a start, it looks as if we don’t need to use Ghost anymore. Vista uses file-based images and all of the tools required to manage those images are included.
BDD has also changed quite a bit. You now get a full-blown MMC instead of an HTA, and a blob of code has been taken from SMS v4 to help with the automation of the steps that the deployment goes through. This means, for example, that if you want to automatically include some applications in your OS deployment, it is now going to be pretty easy to do … "all" you need to do is see if there is a quiet install option so that no user interaction is required.
BDD is a great tool and Microsoft have done a lot of work on that and Vista deployment to make the roll-out easier to achieve if you don’t have the big-boy toys like SMS.