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    Preferred OS deployment

    What are peoples preferences for Large desktop OS deployment / imaging. Operating systems could be windows xp and windows 7? What are the pros and cons?

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    Specops Deploy here - it's easy (took one day to set up) and it works - it does application deployment too....

    We converted 400 machines from XP to Windows 7 in a few days.. if you want to see it working and can get to Oxford - pm me..

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    We used MDT with WDS and its a great tool for the job and all free from Microsoft

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    currently using mdt2010/wds mainly (i have the odd pc that gives issues the one im working on for instance) before that used ghost. Im only using mdt in a fairly basic way but if i get time to sit down and fiddle it looks like it does all sorts of useful stuff even more if you have sccvm that allows 0 touch installs and better app deployment but costs money

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    MDT.
    SpecOps Deploy used to be s/w deployment only, but now wraps (presumably seriously simplifies) MDT.

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    Thanks all for your replies

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    Currently using MDT 2010 and WDS for image deployment. Just finished configuring software installation for our SCCM 2007 R3 so next task is to set up the zero touch installation!

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    Sccm is great at deploying OS and images, especially Win7/Office 2010. Managed to deploy 400 workstations in a few hours.

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    I'm using WDS for image management and deployment. Haven't touched MDT (plan on messing with it eventually) since I prefer to build my images by hand and capture manually. I build my reference images in a VM on an ESXi host, roll up driver support for multiple hardware specs, and install common software. All other software is deployed as MSI packages via Group Policy.

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