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Deployment Fundamentals Vol III Is Out!

Deployment Fundamentals – Volume 3 is crammed with a lot of useful information on how to deploy Windows 7 with System Center Configuration Manager 2007 R3. We (the authors) have all been fighting with OS deployment for many years, and we simply decided to fill the book with everything we know on how to make it effective and easy to manage OS deployment in ConfigMgr. You also will find many real-world examples, including ready-made scripts and solutions you can use directly in your environment. Although this is a ConfigMgr 2007 book, there are few changes in the way OS deployment works in ConfigMgr 2012. Therefore, all of the useful insights and practical knowledge shared in this book translate easily to ConfigMgr 2012.

Discover how to – Install ConfigMgr 2007 R3 for OS deployment in multiple sites – Migrate from Windows XP to Windows 7 – Create the perfect reference image – Integrate with MDT 2010 and why – Manage device drivers – Install applications and software updates – Configure your OS deployment with BitLocker and automate BIOS configuration – Extend and customize ConfigMgr 2007 OS deployment – Create custom scripts and frontends and extend the database – Install and configure User-Driven Installation (UDI) – Perform advanced troubleshooting

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Deployment Fundamentals For IT Pros

Three chapters from “Deployment Fundamentals for IT Pros”, written by Microsoft Most Valuable Professionals (MVPs) Johan Arwidmark and Mikael Nystrom is currently available for free.

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Automating Windows 7 Installation for Desktop and VDI Environments

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Installing Windows 7 isn’t just about migrations. It’s about daily management. It’s about rapid deployment to fix problems. It’s about provisioning virtual desktops in a VDI infrastructure. With today’s technologies for user virtualization and application virtualization, fixing some IT problems can be fastest accomplished by simply rebuilding the computer. For all of these reasons, the outwardly simple process of installing Windows grows to become a much more critical activity than ever before. Installing Windows through automated means is even more important. That’s why this book exists. While installing Windows the manual way requires as few as seven clicks and a bit of time, fully automating its installation requires quite a bit more effort. You need a project plan to get you started and a cookbook of step-by-step solutions to finish the job.

In Automating Windows 7 Installation for Desktop and VDI Environments, you’ll deep dive into the steps required to automate Windows 7 installation. But you won’t stop there. You’ll dig deep into the ways in which that automated installation will fundamentally change how you do IT. You’ll learn exactly how to automate Windows for an OS migration project, whether from Windows XP or Windows Vista. You’ll discover the steps to wrap your automated installation into a VDI infrastructure, enabling virtual desktops to be provisioned automatically and on-demand. You’ll learn the tips and tricks for layering the Windows OS, enabling you to fix common IT problems by simply rebuilding the user’s computer – all while maintaining their applications and profile information and without needing to resort to roaming profiles.

Keep this book handy. You will find yourself turning back to it again and again as you fully automate one of the most time-consuming parts of your job: Windows 7 Installation.


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