Overview of Operating System Deployment

Applies To: System Center Configuration Manager 2007, System Center Configuration Manager 2007 R2, System Center Configuration Manager 2007 R3, System Center Configuration Manager 2007 SP1, System Center Configuration Manager 2007 SP2

Operating system deployment provides the Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2007 administrator with a tool for creating images that can be deployed to computers managed by Configuration Manager 2007, and to unmanaged computers using bootable media such as CD set or DVD. The image, in a Windows Imaging Format (WIM) format file, contains the desired version of a Microsoft Windows operating system and can also include any line-of-business applications that need to be installed on the computer. Operating system deployment provides the following functionality:

  • Operating system image capture

  • User state migration using the User State Migration Tool

  • Operating system image deployment

  • Task sequences

Note

For information about using the Configuration Manager 2007 Software Development Kit to script and develop software for this feature, see http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=129512.

In this Section

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Administrator Workflows for Operating System Deployment

Operating System Deployment Terminology

Supported Operating Systems and Hard Disk Configurations for Operating System Deployment

Upgrading from Systems Management Server 2003 Operating System Deployment

About the Operating System Deployment Reference Computer

About Native Mode Certificates and Operating System Deployment

About Capturing and Deploying an Operating System Image

About Creating the Operating System Deployment Packages

About the Driver Catalog

About Task Sequences

About Task Sequence Variables

Operating System Deployment Checklists

About Feature Reports for Operating System Deployment

About Multicast for Operating System Deployment

About Configurations for Multicast for Operating System Deployment

About Unknown Computer Support for Operating System Deployment

See Also

Other Resources

Operating System Deployment in Configuration Manager

For additional information, see Configuration Manager 2007 Information and Support.
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