Quick-Start Guide and Checklist

This section provides a detailed overview of the process for deploying ZTI. Team members can use this information to help identify the steps of the ZTI deployment process for which they need additional information and to skip the steps with which they are already familiar. Table 2 is a checklist of the high-level steps in the ZTI deployment process.

Table 2. Checklist of the High-Level Steps in the ZTI Deployment Process


High-level steps in the ZTI deployment process



Ensure the required infrastructure exists.

Unless the appropriate infrastructure exists, the team cannot deploy target computers by using ZTI. Ensure that the appropriate infrastructure exists to support ZTI before starting deployment.



Determine the appropriate ZTI processing rules.

Before deploying target computers by using ZTI, configure the ZTI processing rules. The ZTI processing rules help determine which images get deployed and the configuration settings for those operating system images. The focus of this step is the appropriate configuration of the Customsettings.ini file.



Prepare the Windows DS server.

In ZTI, Microsoft Windows Deployment Services (Windows DS) is used to start Microsoft Windows Preinstallation Environment (Windows PE). Team members must ensure that they configure Windows DS accordingly and create the Windows PE images that are initiated by Windows DS. In BDD 2007, Windows DS performs the same function as Remote Installation Service (RIS).



Install BDD 2007.

BDD 2007 includes the ZTI scripts, ZTI configuration files, computer imaging wizards, and other files that are needed to successfully deploy operating systems by using ZTI. As a part of this step, install Microsoft Windows User State Migration Tool (USMT) version 3.0.



Configure the appropriate resource access.

The accounts used by the ZTI scripts, Microsoft Systems Management Server (SMS) 2003 clients, SMS Operating System Deployment (OSD) Feature Pack, and other components in ZTI require access to various resources. Before deploying operating systems by using ZTI, the team must ensure that these accounts have the appropriate permissions to the required resources.



Configure the ZTI operating system image.

As a part of the ZTI deployment process, the SMS OSD Feature Pack is responsible for the creation and delivery of the operating system images. The SMS OSD Feature Pack has phases that are used based on the deployment scenario (including Validation, State Capture, Preinstall, Postinstall, and State Restore Phases). Configure the ZTI actions for each of these phases.



Create the ZTI operating system image CD.

Create the ZTI operating system images by using the guidance in the Computer Imaging System Feature Team Guide. However, team must modify these images to operate with ZTI before using ZTI to deploy the operating system images.



Prepare the Windows PE CDs and images.

As the last step before starting the deployment of target computers by using ZTI, prepare the Windows PE CDs and images. In environments with Windows DS, team members can use these technologies to start Windows PE. In environments without the technologies or when the target computer is unable to access a Windows DS server, team members can start Windows PE on the target computer by using a Windows PE CD. Team members must customize the Windows PE CDs and images so that they work with ZTI.


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