Skill Level Advanced
- In Windows courses the support to deployment of Windows 7 and the enterprise environment you'll learn a lot about managing and deploying Windows 7 images. This course is an overview and in some cases, a little bit of a deep dive into some of the capabilities supporting Windows 7 enterprise deployment. It really is more about an introduction than it is some of the advanced tools like system center configuration manager, but we will introduce you to the Windows 7 Deployment tools as an overview and the Windows automated installation kit that'll allow you to manage the Windows image file that we've talked about in other video series.
We'll help you understand the difference between a reference PC and a technician PC and in a simple overview of that, so you can see what you can expect out of this video series, if we're trying to manage Windows 7 effectively we're going to take and install Windows 7 on one PC and we're going to leave that alone and we're going to call this a reference computer, but to manage Windows 7 we have all kinds of tools like the Windows automated installation kit, which has under it user state migration tools and image management tools like DISM and SIM.
You might be also doing some of the software development kit out here along with the SDK in order to manage troubleshooters or other components. You don't ever want to deploy these tools out to your enterprise environment so what you're going to do is build essentially a technician's PC that has lots of tools on it that will allow you to manage the Windows 7 image in either your local or enterprise environment, small or large business. We're going to try to help you understand the tools that go on to a technician's PC in order to build and manage reference computers.
In the past, you would build a computer, sysprep it, capture that image and send it out. You can still do that, but there are ways to manage that Windows image file that's created for the deployment of Windows 7 offline, as well as online, if you so desire. So this whole module is to help you understand management of the Windows image file, reference, technician PCs, and the many tools that are available to them. Where we'll go deeper into system image manager and how to build answer files that help you automate or do hands-off deployment and/or hands-off capture of your Windows 7 environment.
We'll show you how to create your own PE environment on removable media be that a CD, a DVD, or a USB drive that allows you external or independent boot of your hardware so that you can manage the system image while you're offline for recovery, maintenance capture, etc. We'll show you how to find and use the Windows 7 USB/DVD tool that allows you, not only to build the PE environment, but to also build a bootable USB or DVD drive whether or not you have any other essentially DVD burning capability.
So this tool has everything in that, free tool from Microsoft. We'll show you how to create a VHD using the device manager and how to, therefore, manage a VHD even if it's from another system, portably, in terms of image deployment. Remember with Windows 7 you can boot directly into a VHD environment if you properly configure the boot control database. We'll talk a little bit about that. We'll show you how to use Image X. Although it's been around for a while, you can still use Image X to capture an entire reference computer image while it's offline using this copy PE file and then after capturing that, use that for other deployments allowing you to cycle through the process of capture and deployment more easily.
We'll show you remote server administration tools and how you can use, on a Windows 7 client system, effectively all the tools available to you in a 2008R2 server for remote management capabilities. Windows 7 becomes the management box for other Windows 7 boxes effectively operating its servers as well as your Windows 2008 2008R2 server environments right off the Windows 7 platform. We'll talk about the deployment imaging and servicing management tool that allows you to do offline management of your Windows image files.
We'll talk about an introduction to local group policy. We talk about it in other modules, but here we're talking about it so that you can learn what settings you might want to configure or pre-configure before deploying your Windows 7 image so that you have basic security enabled before you even attach the system to a small business or an enterprise environment. We'll show you the different tools available to you to validate or identify digital signatures associated with your drivers or your applications so you can determine which of your files do or don't have digital signatures for troubleshooting or preparation prior to deployment.
Finally, we'll talk in more detail about the BCD edit tool that you can use to multi-boot your system either into a VHD or into multiple different boot partitions on your system. We're really talking about the set-up, the deployment, and the management of your Windows 7 images and image tools for deployment in this entire series.