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|
|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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