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Using the Deployment Workbench to Install Windows Vista

By Brien M. Posey

One of the most common methods for deploying the Windows operating system to network workstations involves disk imaging. The basic idea behind imaging is that you can configure a PC to match your standard desktop deployment, and then create an image of the PC. That image can then be copied to any additional desktops that you need to deploy.

There are dozens of disk imaging solutions on the market, and each of them have their own unique advantages and disadvantages. The disk imaging solution currently recommended by Microsoft is the Deployment Workbench. The Deployment Workbench is a free solution included in Microsoft’s Business Desktop Deployment 2007 (BDD 2007) which you can download directly from Microsoft's Web site. In this photo gallery, I'll walk you through the process.

You must download the various Deployment Workbench components before you can begin work on creating an operating system image.