Mastering Windows 7 Deployment

Mastering Windows 7 Deployment

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Get professional-level instruction on Windows 7 deployment tools Enterprise-level operating system deployment is challenging and requires knowledge of specific tools. It is expected that Windows 7 will be extensively deployed in businesses worldwide. This comprehensive Sybex guide provides thorough coverage of the Microsoft deployment tools that were specifically created for Windows 7, preparing system administrators, MIS professionals, and corporate programmers to tackle the task effectively.
* Companies worldwide are expected to deploy Windows 7 as their enterprise operating system; system administrators and IT professionals need comprehensive instruction on Microsoft s deployment tools * This complete guide provides clear, step-by-step instruction on planning, installing, configuring, deploying, and troubleshooting deployment methods for each tool * Covers the Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit, Application Compatibility Toolkit (ACT), Windows PE, Windows Automated Installation Kit (WAIK), Windows System Image Manager (WSIM), Easy Transfer, User State Migration Toolkit (USMT), Windows Deployment Services, Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2010, System Center Configuration Manager, Key Management Service, and Volume Activation Management Tool (VAMT) Illustrated with plenty of real-world scenarios, Mastering Windows Deployment provides the hands-on instruction you need to fully understand and use each deployment technology.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 504 pages
  • 186 x 234 x 29mm | 766g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 1. Auflage
  • 0470600314
  • 9780470600313
  • 840,252

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Expert guidance for IT administrators deploying Windows 7

If you're in charge of deploying Windows 7 across an enterprise, Microsoft's new Windows 7 deployment tools and the detailed information in this expert guide will make your job more manageable. The impressive author team draws upon years of experience in Windows deployments to provide you with clear, step-by-step instructions on how to install, configure, deploy, and troubleshoot each tool. The book goes deep into hardware, software, how to assess your infrastructure, how to migrate data, and much more.

Coverage includes:

Evaluating your applications and Windows 7 compatibility

Learning Windows Deployment Services (WDS) basics

Exploring all tools in the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) 2010

Fine-tuning your deployment with MDT's Client Wizard

Mastering zero-touch installations and volume licensing

Get Professional-Level Guidance on Windows 7 Deployment Tools

Learn How to Install, Configure, Deploy, and Troubleshoot Each Tool

Master Windows System Image Manager, Windows Easy Transfer, and More

Assess and Report on Your Infrastructure's Readiness for Deployment

Reinforce Your Skills with Real-World Scenarios and Techniques
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Table of contents

Introduction xix Chapter 1 Does Your Hardware Measure Up? 1 Meet Windows 7 1 Windows 7 Hardware Requirements 3 Using the Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit 6 Planning and Installing MAP 6 Performing a Windows 7 Readiness Assessment 15 Produce MAP Reports and Proposals 24 The Bottom Line 30 Chapter 2 Evaluating Applications for Windows 7 Compatibility 33 Application Compatibility 33 The Application Compatibility Toolkit 36 Choosing an ACT Architecture 36 Installing ACT 39 Using the Application Compatibility Manager 44 Resolving Application Compatibility Issues with Shims 55 Deploying XP Mode 70 Installing Virtual PC for Windows 7 71 Installing XP Mode 71 Advanced Deployment of XP Mode 76 The Bottom Line 77 Chapter 3 Installing Windows 7: Meet the Panther 79 Choosing the Right Edition of Windows 7 79 Windows 7 Professional 80 Windows 7 Enterprise 81 Windows 7 Ultimate 81 The N, E, K, and KN Editions 82 Speaking the Language: Four Ways to Use Windows Setup 82 Deploying New Bare-Metal Computers 83 Upgrading Computers 83 Refreshing Computers 85 Replacing Computers 87 Windows Setup in Detail 88 Preinstallation Phase 88 Online Configuration Phase 90 Windows Welcome Phase 90 Performing the Windows 7 Installation 90 Performing a Clean Installation 91 Performing an In-Place Upgrade 94 The Last Step: Licensing and Activation 95 Understanding Windows Activation 96 Activating a New Computer 96 Discovering the Four Types of Licenses 98 The Bottom Line 100 Chapter 4 Cloning the Panther: Automating Windows 7 Installation 101 Getting Familiar with Microsoft Images 101 Image Types: VHD and WIM 102 Creating a Bootable VHD Image 102 Creating a Bootable WinPE Image 105 Creating Operating System Images 105 Creating Your First Image 107 Using the Windows Automated Installation Kit 108 Creating Bootable WinPE Media 110 Preparing a System with Sysprep 113 Capturing an Image Using ImageX 115 Applying an Image Using ImageX 117 Customizing Images Using Deployment Image Servicing and Management 118 Viewing Information about an Image with DISM 120 Mounting an Image 121 Servicing Drivers in an Image . 122 Servicing the Operating System in an Image 124 Committing an Image 127 Using Windows System Image Manager 127 Exploring the Panes: An Overview of WSIM 128 Understanding Catalog Files 129 Exploring the Components of an Answer File 130 Creating an Unattended Answer File 134 The Bottom Line 141 Chapter 5 Migrating the Existing User Data 143 Exploring User Data and Settings 143 User Data 145 Application Settings Data 145 Migrating User Data 146 Working with Windows Easy Transfer 146 Capturing Data with Windows Easy Transfer 149 Restoring Data with Windows Easy Transfer 151 Working with the User State Migration Tool 152 Using the USMT in Four Deployment Scenarios 154 Setting Up the Source Computer 157 Gathering Data by Running ScanState 158 Applying the Data and Settings Using LoadState 165 Getting Extra Mileage Out of the USMT 168 The Bottom Line 171 Chapter 6 Windows Deployment Services: The Basics 173 Understanding WDS 173 The History of WDS 173 How Does WDS Work? 174 Deploying WDS 178 Designing a WDS Solution 178 WDS Requirements 180 Installing WDS 180 Configure the WDS Installation 182 Image Management 186 Managing Boot Images 186 Managing Installation Images 198 Exploring the WDS Image Store 202 Modifying PXE Client Response Policy 203 The Bottom Line 203 Chapter 7 WDS from the Client s View 205 Employing the PXE Client 205 Booting a PXE Client 206 Configuring PXE Response 207 Selecting a Boot Image 213 Customizing the PXE Boot Process 214 Creating a Customized Installation Image 215 Prepare a Reference Machine 215 Create an Image 217 Using Unattended Answer Files with WDS 218 Preparing WSIM 219 Automating the Boot Image 219 Automating Image Installation 222 Monitoring, Logging, and Troubleshooting WDS 223 Monitoring WDS Performance 223 WDS Logging 225 Troubleshooting WDS 227 The Bottom Line 227 Chapter 8 Tweaking Your WDS Server 229 Using WDS to Name Machines 229 Developing a Naming Standard 229 Naming a Computer Using WDS 231 Manage Domain Membership Using WDS 235 Advanced Domain Controller Settings 237 Using WDS for Multicast Deployments 238 Why Multicast Deployments Are Needed 238 How WDS Multicast Works 239 Creating a Multicast Deployment 241 Troubleshooting a Multicast Deployment 244 The Bottom Line 245 Chapter 9 Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2010 247 Setting Up Your Deployment Server 247 Hardware Requirements 248 Software Requirements 249 Supported Operating Systems 250 Installing MDT 2010 Update 1 250 Meeting the Deployment Workbench 251 Exploring the Active Parts of the Deployment Workbench 253 Creating and Populating a Deployment Share 253 Creating a Deployment Share 253 Populating the Deployment Share 260 Creating a Task Sequence 274 Updating the Deployment Share 278 Deploying Your First Image 281 The Bottom Line 289 Chapter 10 MDT s Client Wizard 291 Customizing the Deployment Share 291 Operating System Properties 299 Application Properties 302 Driver Properties 306 Package Properties 307 Task Sequence Properties 309 General Tab 309 Task Sequence Tab 310 The OS Info Tab 318 Automating the MDT Deployment Wizard 318 The Bottom Line 320 Chapter 11 Fine-Tuning MDT Deployments 323 Discovering Selection Profiles 323 Creating a Linked Deployment Share 325 Understanding Linked Deployment Shares 325 Maintaining Linked Deployment Shares 326 Securing Linked Deployment Shares 330 Deploying from DVD 331 Working with the MDT Database 332 Creating the MDT Database 333 Using the MDT Database 334 Filling the MDT Database Using PowerShell 343 Extending the MDT Database with Custom Settings 345 The Bottom Line 347 Chapter 12 Zero Touch Installations 349 Understanding Configuration Manager 349 Introducing Configuration Manager 350 Why Use Configuration Manager for OSD? 353 Understanding the ZTI Flow 354 Installing Configuration Manager 2007 355 Prepare for a ConfigMgr Installation 356 Install the Site Server 362 Configure the Site Server 365 Preparing and Configuring Boot Images 371 Creating Boot Images 372 Adding Drivers to a Boot Image 374 Creating and Capturing a Reference Image 379 Install Packages on the Distribution Points 387 Create a Collection and a Computer Association 389 Advertise the Reference Image Task Sequence 392 Run the Reference Image Task Sequence 394 Identifying and Targeting Machines for Rebuilding 395 A Deployment Strategy 396 Creating a Collection for Windows 7 Deployment 397 New Computers 399 Deploying Windows 7 400 Create a New Deployment Task Sequence 400 Edit the Deployment Task Sequence 403 Advertise for Bare-Metal Installation 406 Performing the Zero Touch Installation 406 Monitoring Deployment Progress 409 The Bottom Line 411 Chapter 13 Taking Advantage of Volume Licensing 413 Choosing the Right Volume License Key for Windows 413 Tracking Your Licenses with the Key Management Service 416 Learning the KMS Process 416 Choosing Your KMS Host 417 Selecting the KMS Host Manually 418 Installing and Initializing KMS 418 Configuring DNS to Let KMS Clients Find the KMS Server 419 Uninstalling KMS 421 Troubleshooting the KMS and the KMS Client 421 Configuring KMS for Activation of Office 2010 422 Monitoring the KMS Servers 423 Using Asset Intelligence Reports in SCCM 2007 423 KMS and the Client 423 Using a KMS Client Key and MAK During OS Installation 424 Changing the Client License Type After Installation 425 Postponing Activation 426 Recovering from a Nongenuine State 427 Understanding the Windows Software Licensing Management Tool 428 Configuring Windows Firewall Settings When Using SLMGR Remotely 429 Allowing Standard Users to Perform Activation 430 Controlling Activation Notifications and Timing 430 Using Group Policy to Control Activation Behavior 431 Tracking Your Licenses: The Volume Activation Management Tool 432 Understanding the VAMT Requirements 432 Exploring What the VAMT Can Do for You 432 The Bottom Line 434 Appendix The Bottom Line 437 Chapter 1: Does Your Hardware Measure Up? 437 Chapter 2: Evaluating Applications for Windows 7 Compatibility 438 Chapter 3: Installing Windows 7: Meet the Panther 439 Chapter 4: Cloning the Panther: Automating Windows 7 Installation 440 Chapter 5: Migrating the Existing User Data 442 Chapter 6: Windows Deployment Services: The Basics 443 Chapter 7: WDS from the Client s View 444 Chapter 8: Tweaking Your WDS Server 445 Chapter 9: Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2010 446 Chapter 10: MDT s Client Wizard 447 Chapter 11: Fine-Tuning MDT Deployments 448 Chapter 12: Zero Touch Installations 449 Chapter 13: Maintenance and Monitoring 450 Index 453
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'...well worth reading from start to finish.' (, May 2011).
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well worth reading from start to finish. (, May 2011).
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About Rhonda Layfield

Aidan Finn, B.Sc., MCSE, MVP, has been working in IT since 1996. He is the leader of the Windows User Group in Ireland and speaks regularly at user group events and conferences about Windows Server, desktop management, virtualization, and System Center. Darril Gibson has been a Microsoft Certified Trainer since 1999 and holds a multitude of certifications including MCSE (NT 4.0, Windows 2000, and Windows 2003), MCITP (Windows 7, Windows Server 2008, and SQL Server), Security+, CISSP, and ITIL Foundations. He has written, coauthored, or contributed to more than a dozen books, and regularly consults and teaches on a wide variety of IT topics. Kenneth van Surksum, Setup & Deployment MVP, has more than 10 years of experience in IT and in particular with deployment. He is a consultant from the Netherlands and teaches classes there as a Microsoft Certified Trainer.
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