Getting started with Windows Deployment

I’m a big fan of imaging as opposed to re-installing Windows from scratch and have been harbouring a keen interest in Windows deployment for some time now. I guess this came about from moving away from unattended installations to imaging a few years ago and now moving on to Windows deployment solutions in a network environment. A natural progression, now I come to think of it.

With not much encouragement at work and my research into the subject not satisfying my appetite I feel it’s time to try something more hands-on. With my true interests lying in Microsoft technologies for OS and application deployment, I will be experimenting with WAIK and MDT as well as looking into setting up a WDS server at home for “Lite Touch” deployment. Also I’d like to setup a deployment lab at home to get closer to deployment methods in a working environment.

I have a strong urge at this point to get started with SCCM right away, but I don’t want to jump the gun on this one. I want to start from the ground up before I get my hands dirty with the likes of WDS (or maybe even SCCM?).

With only a spare Packard Bell sitting at home, I need to get my hands on a few more test clients – I’m waiting (patiently) for a Dell I was promised by a friend and am contemplating buying a decent spec Viglen from another friend. I’m also hoping to get my hands on a couple of same spec Dell’s from work for multicasting – I’ve put the word out and am waiting for the green light. Getting hold of spare machines isn’t the problem; it’s finding the space to put them up that’s the real challenge :)

This is my first of many practical steps towards career progression – a New Year resolution I WILL fulfil.

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