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Tech-Ed 2006: Vista deployment with BDD

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.
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5 responses to “Tech-Ed 2006: Vista deployment with BDD

  1. Michael June 15, 2006 at 4:45 pm

    Just remember that without SMS (or some other desktop management software) you’re talking about performing "lite touch" deployments, going from machine to machine and initiating the deployment of Windows Vista.  That’s a little more labor-intensive than using SMS.  Plus is means you need to go back to each machine to make sure the process worked, since there’s no centralized monitoring, another benefit of SMS or products like it.
     
    So for larger environments, "zero touch" deployments, pushed by management software, initiated and monitored centrally, with no desk-side visit required, are the way to go.

  2. Philip June 16, 2006 at 12:19 pm

    Michael
     
    You are quite right to add that clarification about what SMS does for you on top of BDD. We are a relatively small environment (3 Windows admins, 150 PCs) so SMS is too complex for us and we don’t have the staff to support a 100% deployment at one go.
     
    When we did 2000 -> XP, we did it department by department using pre-built images pulled down from RIS. Where I think BDD is really going to save us a lot of time is in building those images consistently, particularly where multiple departments use the same software that can’t/isn’t deployed using GPO.

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