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    Suggestions for new deployment software

    Hello everyone,

    We are planning a move to windows 7 over the summer holiday 2010, our current solution for imaging computers is ghost 5.0, most of our computers are a pain to find dos drivers for and we have been having a load of problems with ghost lately so i want to get it replaced!

    can any one suggest some software so we can deploy windows 7 images over our network

    Requirements,
    would be nice if its free
    must be able to deploy windows 7
    not run on Linux (not that i don't like Linux i just don't know it well)


    Sorry i forgot to say in my original post,

    I have a look at getting the latest Ghost suit but licencing is way to expensive!!!

    I will update original post
    Last edited by ravenadsl; 30th March 2010 at 11:21 AM. Reason: forgot to say.....

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    Have you tried Ghost Soloution Suite 12 that is a lot better.

    You can also you windows PE to boot as well. So all you have to do is find the Vista(possible 7) driver for the network card, add that into the PE image and it will work.

    Much better than the dos drivers.

    Its not free though.

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    Fog will deploy Win7 and it free.

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    I installed EVERYTHING I needed on 1 PC whilst I had some other people install W7 (nothing else). I created an image of said machine, put it on 6 external HDDs and told the machines to restore from the image. After I renamed the PC's, I added them to the domain and went from there. So far that has been the most painless way for me to do it without having to faff about with sysprep etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by itguy22 View Post
    Have you tried Ghost Soloution Suite 12 that is a lot better.

    You can also you windows PE to boot as well. So all you have to do is find the Vista(possible 7) driver for the network card, add that into the PE image and it will work.

    Much better than the dos drivers.

    Its not free though.
    Sorry i forgot to say in my original post,

    i have a look at getting the latest Ghost suit but licencing is way to expensive!!!

    i will update original post

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    WDS? Free, non linux, built into Windows Server as standard, will deploy Windows 7, what more could you ask?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tmcd35 View Post
    WDS? Free, non linux, built into Windows Server as standard, will deploy Windows 7, what more could you ask?
    Im guessing that Windows Sever 2008 right?

    Yes ghost is exspensive, most things are... It has been very reliable for us though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by itguy22 View Post
    Im guessing that Windows Sever 2008 right?
    2003 SP2 and up AFIAK

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    Quote Originally Posted by sparkeh View Post
    Fog will deploy Win7 and it free.
    Fog looks great but i can only find installers for Linux, i don't know Linux

    Quote Originally Posted by tmcd35 View Post
    WDS? Free, non linux, built into Windows Server as standard, will deploy Windows 7, what more could you ask?
    I'm currently playing with WDS but i want to see if there is anything else out there

    [QUOTE=itguy22;489041]Im guessing that Windows Sever 2008 right?

    I have server 2003, 2008 and 2008R2 to use

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    Quote Originally Posted by ravenadsl View Post
    Fog looks great but i can only find installers for Linux, i don't know Linux
    Sorry didn't read the non-linux bit

    WDS would be your best bet then I think

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    im not actually so keen on the latest versions of ghost some things are way more work than they used to be. Adding packages to a task has gone from tick boxes against what you want to having to do one at a time and options which is a pain so i have started just running packages manually fro a batch file (dir /b >packages.txt then editing that and turning it into a batch file)

    wds for images works fine but i have found it slower than ghost in some cases much and when naming pcs it did them in a weird order so pc i started first diddnt end up being one etc. Its also worth looking into mdt2010 which i will hopefully get time to do next week

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    The tools for deployment in 2008 are pretty good, look at WDS and also look at MDT 2010, both free.

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    There are several new features that are available with Windows Server 2008 / Windows 7 that will assist you with the deployment and management of a large number of workstations. Enterprise IT infrastructures are increasingly complex to manage. The Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP) is a dynamic desktop solution that is available as a subscription for Software Assurance customers. The solution suite enhances application deployment and compatibility, increases IT responsiveness and end user uptime, and helps reduce total cost of ownership (TCO) of your desktop software and IT management.
    To learn more about this package, please go here: Microsoft Windows Enterprise: Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack

    Also now available is MDT 2010 (Microsoft Deployment Tool) which will help you create images and automate the OS and application installations, data migration, and desktop configuration process. To learn more, please go here: Windows 7 Deployment Frequently Asked Questions

    Should you require additional assistance and guidance, Microsoft does have an official Windows 7 Support Forum specifically for IT Pros located here Windows 7 IT Pro Category . It is supported by product specialists as well as engineers and support teams. You may want to also check the threads available there for additional assistance and feedback.

    Jessica
    Microsoft Windows Client Team

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    We're in exactly the same boat looking to migrate from server 2003 to 2008 and from Win XP to Win 7. A solution for deployment we're very keen on is Microsoft System Center Essentials 2010 out this year. Will also provide for zero touch installation which is also extremely useful with so many workstations on site!

    Provides a lot more than just deployment though and is a good all rounder for a lot of management tasks which helps to justify the licensing cost

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