Identify any add-ins your users might need to index their data.
Determine the deployment mode you want to use (attended, unattended, Group Policy). If you deploy using Group Policy, write a deployment wrapper that contains the WDS executable file.
Plan a pilot test:
Choose a controlled test environment using your company’s standard system image that includes the operating system and commonly installed software, resources, and back end.
Select one department or a small group of users for the test.
Begin the pilot test and monitor the following for any problems or issues:
User requirements and comments
Any unexpected errors or issues
User expectations of indexing
Requirements for helpdesk and end-user training
If the pilot test shows an abnormally high consumption of system resources or building the initial index takes a long time, your anti-virus software may be out of date. Consider updating your anti-virus software and re-testing, or re-test with the anti-virus temporarily turned off or Windows Desktop Search’s .exe excepted in a controlled, protected environment.
Plan enterprise-wide deployment:
Document successes and challenges of pilot test.
Resolve and document any outstanding issues.
Revise your deployment methodology, policies, access to resources, and other items as required.