Monday, July 11, 2011

Windows 7: Free Resources and Tools to Plan and Deploy Windows 7

Microsoft Assessment and Planning Solution Accelerator

It is a centralized and agentless tool that is cable of remotely inventorying computers, identifying their supported Windows 7 experience. Moreover, it is used to recommend the specific hardware where appropriate. It is able to inventory heterogeneous environments and provides usage information for SQL Server and servers in the Core CAL Suite, Windows 2000 Server migration assessment, SQL Server 2008 discovery and assessment for consolidation, and a readiness assessment for Windows 7, Office 2010, and Windows Server 2008 R2. Besides, MAP even helps you identify underutilized resources and hardware specifications that are required to consolidate the servers by using the Microsoft Hyper-V technology.

Microsoft Operations Framework (MOF) 4.0
It is able to offer a practical guidance for IT organizations, MOF reflects a single, comprehensive IT service lifecycle. Moreover, it helps us connect service management principles to everyday IT tasks and activities and ensures alignment between IT and the business. In order to plan and diagram our infrastructure to deploy Windows 7, we can easily find resources.

Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) 2010 (Update 1)

This Solution Accelerator has been designed for both the operating system and the application deployment, update 1 supports deployment of Windows 7, Office 2010, and Windows Server 2008 R2 in addition to deployment of Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2003, and Windows XP. Though it is designed to support high volume deployments, the MDT 2010 technology framework is well suited to low-volume deployment projects and to make it an essential resource for organizations of all sizes.

The Windows Automated Installation Kit (AIK) for Windows 7 (Version 2.0)

This Windows Automated Installation Toolkit (AIK) comprises a variety of tools and documentation to help you deploy Windows in your organization. This is ideal for highly customized environments, the included tools enable you to configure many deployment options. This includes:
•    Windows Preinstallation Environment (Windows PE)
A minimal operating system environment used to deploy Windows. The AIK includes several tools used to build and configure customized Windows PE environments.
•    Windows System Image Manager (Windows SIM)
Open Windows images, create answer files, and manage distribution shares and configuration sets.
•    User State Migration Tool (USMT)
Migrate user data from earlier versions of Windows to Windows 7.
•    ImageX
Capture, create, modify, and apply Windows images.
•    Deployment Image Servicing and Management (DISM)
Apply updates, drivers, and language packs to a Windows image.

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