BDD 2007 Beta 2 has been released

We've been busy adding capabilities into BDD 2007 Beta 2, now available for download.  See the full announcement below.

-Michael Niehaus
 BDD 2007 Developer
 Systems Design Engineer
 Core Infrastructure Solutions


BDD 2007 Beta Updated for Windows Vista RC1

Business Desktop Deployment (BDD) 2007 Beta 2 is now available for download on Microsoft Connect. BDD 2007 provides end-to-end guidance and automation for large-scale deployment of Microsoft® Windows Vista™ and the 2007 Microsoft Office system.

BDD 2007 Beta 2 has been updated to support Windows Vista RC1 and now includes guidance and automation for Zero Touch Installation (ZTI) using Microsoft Systems Management Server (SMS) 2003 as well as image creation of Microsoft Windows® XP desktop images.

BDD 2007 Beta 2 extends Beta 1 with the following key features:

  • Zero Touch Installation (ZTI) using SMS 2003 (requires OSD Update build 3726) in addition to Lite Touch Installation (LTI) when SMS 2003 is not in place.
  • Windows XP desktop image creation.
  • x64 hardware (running Windows XP or Windows Vista).
  • BDD Workbench installation of the Windows AIK during first use.
  • Windows Deployment Services images for Refresh, Replace, New, and Upgrade scenarios.
  • BDD Workbench now builds the set of files needed for SMS 2003 OS Deployment Feature Pack package creation.
  • Office 2007 deployment is integrated into the BDD Workbench to build the source share, create, and populate the application selection screens.
  • New OS source move feature—faster than copy when adding a new OS to Workbench and the source is the same drive—primarily added to enhance demos and training.
  • Application grouping with dependency checking.
  • Product ID key handling for Windows XP and Windows Vista deployment scenarios.
  • Removable media deploy points and better filtering to reduce media size.
  • Fewer restrictions on version mixing of newer WAIK and Vista releases. Version checks now performed and detected issues are displayed.
  • User State Migration Tool (USMT) update for Windows Vista RC1.

This Beta release of BDD 2007 is not feature complete; some documents in this release are legacy documents from BDD 2.5 and are currently receiving updates for Windows Vista. Release versions of BDD 2007 will add complete documentation and support for Windows XP image deployment, language pack deployment using ZTI and multiple partition handling. For more information, please see the Release Notes included with BDD 2007 Beta 2.

Where to Find the Accelerator

BDD 2007 Beta 2 is part of the Windows Vista Tech Beta and TAP programs. It is also available as an open beta download.

Visit and apply for the Business Desktop Deployment 2007 (Beta) for Windows Vista and the 2007 Microsoft Office system program.

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