Windows Client Migration
Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Delivering and Deploying Windows 7
We reported recently on the Deathwatch that started counting down for the next two years until support is completely withdrawn for Windows XP. Weve also been observing the rapidly concluded debate about whether or not to wait for 8, which in the corporate world is not likely to be a winning strategy. Since almost half the Windows installed base is still on the venerable version, this has started many IT managers thinking about Windows 7 deployment.
The good news is that Microsoft has made a tremendous collection of resources available on TechNet for those who wish to Deliver and Deploy Windows 7.
The collection covers everything from application compatibility to desktop virtualization, licensing and volume activation, networking, performance and hardware compatibility, training, certification, security, and control. Essential downloads are provided including the Windows 7 Enterprise 90-day trial, SP1 for Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7, deployment, compatibility, automated installation, and planning toolkits.
The site also takes you through the basics of Windows deployment, image construction, the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP) and more.
Your choices of deployment method are each presented with full information, as well as virtualization options including information on App-V, Med-V and User State Virtualization.
Also featured are several different deployment tools to choose from including the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT), the Windows Automated Installation Kit (AIK) and System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM).
Oh, yes, the site begins with a Springboard Series Spotlight called Alphabet Soup Deployment: Understanding MDT, WDS, the MAP Toolkit, ACT, ConfigMgr, and USMT