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Microsoft Deployment Has Been Released

November 14, 2007


Microsoft Deployment unifies the tools and processes required for desktop and server deployment into a common deployment console and collection of guidance. The fourth generation deployment accelerator adds integration with recently released Microsoft deployment technologies to create a single path for image creation and automated installation. Microsoft Deployment’s tools and end-to-end guidance reduce deployment time, standardize desktop and server images, limit service disruptions, reduce post-deployment help desk costs, and improve security and ongoing configuration management.Microsoft Deployment technologies eliminate interaction time required to install desktop and server operating systems. Interaction at the targeted computer may take a few moments using the Lite Touch Installation (LTI) method or it can be completely automated using Zero Touch Installation (ZTI). Zero Touch Installation utilizes Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2007 or Systems Management Server 2003 with the Operating System Deployment Feature Pack. Lite Touch Installation can be used when software distribution tools are not in place.

Microsoft Deployment also uses Configuration Manager 2007’s stand-alone media-initiated operating system deployment feature. This release offers project management guidance for all deployment roles and separates technical documentation for the products and technologies to facilitate automation tasks.

Microsoft Deployment enables deployment of the following Microsoft products:

  • Windows Vista Business, Enterprise, and Ultimate (32 and 64 bit)
  • Office Professional, Professional Plus, Enterprise, and Ultimate 2007
  • Windows Server 2003 R2 (32 and 64 bit)
  • Windows XP Professional with Service Pack 2 (32 and 64 bit) or Windows XP Tablet PC Edition
  • Pre-release versions of Windows Server 2008 (32 and 64 bit)

Choosing the Right Version
Microsoft Deployment is offered in two versions to support Solution Accelerator component installation on x64 or x86 hosts. Select the version that corresponds with your host hardware type. Both versions of Microsoft Deployment support deployment of x86 and x64 Windows operating systems. Additionally, the Microsoft Deployment Process guidance is offered as a separate set of best practice documentation for organizations using deployment technologies not described in Microsoft Deployment technical documentation.

The Microsoft Deployment Quick Start Guide is available as a separate download on this page for anyone who wants to learn more about the accelerator before downloading the full package.

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System Requirements

  • Supported Operating Systems: Windows Server 2003; Windows Server 2003 R2 (32-Bit x86); Windows Server 2003 R2 x64 editions; Windows Vista; Windows XP; Windows XP Service Pack 1; Windows XP Service Pack 2
  • Microsoft Word or a Word viewer such as Word Viewer 2003 is required to view the documentation.
  • MMC 3.0 is required to run the Workbench and view the documentation on Windows Server 2003 and Windows XP.
    Note MMC 3.0 is included in Microsoft Windows Server 2003 R2 and in Windows Vista.
  • Windows Script Host (WSH) 5.6.
  • The tools portion of Microsoft Deployment relies on several Windows deployment tools. After installation of the microsoftdeploymenttoolkit.msi and start-up of the Deployment Workbench, the user can choose to automatically download and install the following major tools from the Components:
    • Windows Automated Installation Kit
    • Application Compatibility Toolkit 5.0.2
    • User State Migration Tool 3.0.1
    • MSXML 6.0

It can be downloaded here:

 Cheers! – Geoff