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July 24, 2010

Choosing a Deployment Strategy for Windows 7

by @ 9:12 am. Filed under Tools/Utils, Windows 2008, Windows 7

When it comes to deploying Windows 7, one of the challenges administrators face is trying to figure out which deployment method is the best suited for a particular scenario. Fortunately, Microsoft has documented some guidelines for Choosing a Deployment Strategy in detail. The following table will help you with your decision but you might want to download the complete document here.

High-Touch with Retail Media High Touch with Standard Image Lite-Touch, High-Volume Deployment Zero-Touch, High-Volume Deployment
IT skill level IT generalist IT pro with optional deployment experience IT pro with deployment experience recommended IT pro with deployment and Configuration Manager 2007 R2 expertise
Windows license agreement Retail Retail or Software Assurance Software Assurance Enterprise Agreement
Number of client computers <100 100–200 200–500 >500
Infrastructure
  • Distributed locations
  • Small, unmanaged networks
  • Manual client computer configuration
  • Distributed locations
  • Small networks
  • Standardized configurations, including applications
  • Managed networks
  • At least one office with more than 25 users
  • Windows Server® products
  • Configuration Manager 2007 R2 (optional)
  • Managed network
  • At least one office with over 25 users
  • Windows Server products
  • Configuration Manager 2007 R2
Application support Manually installed commercial applications Manually installed commercial or line-of-business (LOB) applications Automatically installed commercial or LOB applications Automatically installed commercial or LOB applications
User interaction Manual, hands-on deployment Manual, hands-on deployment Limited interaction at the beginning of installation Fully automated deployment
Lower cost and effort by… …automating client computer configuration …creating standardized images …providing network-based deployment to support large-scale deployment with limited interaction …providing network-based deployment to support large scale-deployment with no interaction
Helping to… …create reproducible and faster client computer installation …reduce configuration testing and deployment time …leverage standardized images with network access by using pull automation …leverage standardized images with network access by using push automation
Strategy description High-Touch with Retail Media High Touch with Standard Image Lite-Touch, High-Volume Deployment Zero-Touch, High-Volume Deployment
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