Windows 7 Deployment (70-681): Getting Ready to Deploy

Part 1 of 4 in the Windows 7 Deployment (70-681) series. Regardless of the size of your environment, this course will show you how to use the tools to make deployment a breeze.
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(30)
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Intermediate
Updated
Dec 6, 2010
Duration
2h 1m
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Description
Course info
Rating
(30)
Level
Intermediate
Updated
Dec 6, 2010
Duration
2h 1m
Description

Part 1 of 4 in the Windows 7 Deployment (70-681) series. Regardless of the size of your environment, this course will show you how to use the tools to make deployment a breeze. You'll work hands-on to create and configure images and learn how to utilize the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit, Windows Deployment Services (WDS), as well as how to do lite-touch and zero touch installation, and much more. To get the most from this course, you should have a solid foundation in networking. Experience with Group Policy and the Windows 7 operating system will be helpful, but is not required.

About the author
About the author

For almost 30 years, Rhonda has helped people securely deploy, protect, and streamline their IT resources.

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Section Introduction Transcripts
Section Introduction Transcripts

Getting Started with Windows 7 Deployment Training
Hello and welcome to TrainSignal. My name is Rhonda Layfield, and you're watching the Windows 7 Deployment Training video set. In this lesson, I'll introduce you to the Microsoft deployment tools, and I think one of the most asked questions that I get is which tool is right for me, when do I integrate the tools together, and, here's the biggie, where do I start, which one do I install first? So I'm going to make sure you're very, very familiar with the answers to those questions throughout this course. I'll give you a little bit of information about myself and, of course, even more importantly about the course and what you can expect to learn from this course. Before you begin, there are some little networking things that you should understand, so I want to make sure that you're familiar with some of the infrastructure pieces that we're going to use throughout this course. Then if not, I'd like to recommend some of the other TrainSignal courses that cover these in great detail. Then, I'll finish up with the best ways to use this course.

Lab Setup
Hello, and welcome to TrainSignal. This is the Lab Setup for the Windows 7 Deployment course. In this lesson, I want to talk a little bit about the corporate scenarios that we're going to use throughout the entire course. Then, just so you can follow along and set up your own lab environment, I'll show you how I have my hardware and my software configured and exactly what versions of software I'm using, and I'll finish this up with my lab goals.

The Course Scenarios
Welcome to TrainSignal's Course Scenarios for the Windows 7 Deployment Training course. In this lesson, I'm going to start with four different deployment scenarios. I'll cover each one so you understand the differences between them. Then, I want to talk a little bit more in detail about Wired Brain Coffee corporation and Green Lizard Books, what their corporate needs are for deployment, and how we're going to help them meet those needs. Then, I'll get into the network deployment process. This is about a 50, 000-ft view, so it's pretty high level. I'll talk a little bit about image formats, the types of images that you can create. There are different types of installations terms I'm going to use throughout the entire course that you should be aware of. And last, Windows Operating Systems now require activation. Now they've required activation to show that they're genuine operating systems for quite some time. But activation can now be something that a client doesn't have to connect directly to Microsoft to do. You could set up an activation server locally. But then you still run into that problem of mobile users, guys that never come into the office. How are they ever going to be activated? I'll cover just a little bit on that as well.

An Overview of Deployment Tools
Welcome to the Overview of the Deployment Tools. In this lesson, I'll start out by covering how to create, manage, and apply images manually. Then, we'll move into the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2010 Update 1, good old MDT, and show you how to automate and compartmentalize your deployments so they're really, really easy to manage. Then, I'll move into the Windows Deployment Service, WDS, and show you the differences between MDT and WDS. Lastly, we'll finish up with the System Center Configuration Manager, or you've probably heard it just called Config Manager now and talk a bit about how all the products can be integrated together into Config Manager to give you a Zero Touch Installation.

Getting Your Hardware Ready to Deploy Windows 7
Hi, and welcome to the Getting Your Hardware Ready to Deploy Windows 7. In this lesson, I'm going to start with just an introduction to what the Microsoft Assessment and Planning Tool, or you might know it as MAP, can do for you. Then, I'll get into some of the MAP features and installing MAP. You'll find out that well at least SQL Express is required here. And then, I'll get into the MAP process. We'll talk about how MAP finds out which computers are in your environment. That's called discovering computers. And then, there's a few different ways for inventory to happen. So I'll cover the inventory methods and finish up with these fantastic reports that MAP builds for you.

Getting Your Applications Ready for Windows 7
Hello, and welcome to the Get Your Applications Ready for Windows 7 lesson. In this lesson, I'm going to talk about the Application Compatibility Toolkit. You may have heard it called ACT. Within ACT, there's a special tool that we're going to be using called Application Compatibility Manager, or ACM. This is the tool that we're going to use to help find out what kind of software applications, device drivers are running in our environment and which ones are going to work properly on Windows 7, which won't, and try to look at some different reasons as to why we might need to fix applications. We'll talk a little bit about the business needs as to why you need to address application compatibility. Then, I'm going to go into the Application Compatibility Manager, ACM, process. It's a short, three-step process. You're going to like this. It's lot of fun. Then, I'll cruise into installation, and there are some required components that need to be there for ACT and ACM. After installation, I'll show you how to collect data and then view and analyze the data. Then, when your applications just cannot or will not run on Windows 7, your last-ditch effort there is going to be XP Mode.