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A nice man named Zack dropped me a mail asking about the Business Desktop Deployment (BDD) tools and "real" documentation, which led to Matt in the PTS team writing about all the great tools (see below).  I then installed SP2 for Windows Server 2003 and realised that my SBS 2003 system now has the capabilities of BDD to deploy Vista desktops (in my case, pre-configured with Office 2007 too).

Wow.  I went and checked and the Windows Deployment Services admin controls are there on my SBS SP2 system, so you can use this information to enable PXE deployments of Windows if you want.  These can include other programs such as Office and anti-virus products and also be pre-configures to join the domain etc.

Business Desktop Deployment 2007 - Resources

Posted Wednesday, March 14, 2007 11:43 AM by mattmcspirit

For those of you out there who have an interest in the different ways that you can deploy Windows Vista, Office 2007 and your other applications, you may be interested in the Business Desktop Deployment Workbench, or BDD for short.

So, what is it?

Well, the BDD is essentially, your one-stop-shop for deployment when it comes to our new wave of technology.  Want to customise your Vista install?  Want to inject drivers for hardware into images?  Want to customise WinPE 2.0?  Want to easily create Unattend.xml files?  Want next week's winning lottery numbers?  OK, BDD can't help you with that last one, but it can allow you to do all the others!

Source: Peering through Windows...

 

ttfn

David

 


Posted Fri, Mar 16 2007 7:56 AM by David Overton

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Lee Evans wrote re: Deploying Vista to many desktops from Small Business Server 2003 with SP2 (R2 or R1) using Business Desktop Deployment (BDD) tools
on Fri, Mar 16 2007 10:23 AM

I was at the technet event on Monday and the demonstration of the Vista imaging technologies and how this ties in with Windows Deployment Services was excellent; things have been drastically improved in this area with the commendable result of things being both simpler & more powerful - not an easy achievement in software development. As a result this is now a very real [and highly recommenable, IMO] option for even the smallest of businesses looking to rollout Vista to more than a couple of machines.

David Overton wrote re: Deploying Vista to many desktops from Small Business Server 2003 with SP2 (R2 or R1) using Business Desktop Deployment (BDD) tools
on Fri, Mar 16 2007 10:36 AM

Lee,

You are absolutely right!!

ttfn

David

Charllie J wrote re: Deploying Vista to many desktops from Small Business Server 2003 with SP2 (R2 or R1) using Business Desktop Deployment (BDD) tools
on Tue, May 22 2007 2:30 AM

Yup, BDD looks right. all teh sales pitches are easily found. I still am digging for a how to...I looked at my sbs 2003 r2 admin consol and do not see anything about windows deployment or bdd. where do I find the console?

Brett wrote re: Deploying Vista to many desktops from Small Business Server 2003 with SP2 (R2 or R1) using Business Desktop Deployment (BDD) tools
on Sun, Jul 15 2007 12:01 AM

If you haven't already found the answer, you have to go into Add/Remove Programs, Windows Components and install "Windows Deployment Services".  

You will then have the console under your administrative tools.

David Overton wrote re: Deploying Vista to many desktops from Small Business Server 2003 with SP2 (R2 or R1) using Business Desktop Deployment (BDD) tools
on Tue, Jul 17 2007 10:48 AM

Brett,

thanks for this - I forgot to respond.

ttfn

David

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