Okay, I realize that BDD is the old MDD correct?
So...I'm trying to figure all this out because it just is not clicking with me.

MDD is Micrsoft Desktop Deployment.
-It is used to set-up a distribution share that contains OS source files, Driver files, and software application files to make a
unattended install with drivers and applications if you specify...Correct?

If the above is correct do I need to have WDS set-up to accomplish this? I have GSS 2.5 with 3com PXE services and would like to use existing infrastructure to achieve unattended installs without discs.

WDS is Windows Deployment Services
-It is the upgrade of RIS and is used to deploy out WIM images...correct?
-You need to integrate this with AD, DNS, and DHCP..correct --- I could not set this up at home b/c I do not have AD set-up.

AIK is Automated Installation Toolkit
-Used to make the customized Windows PE , which inturn is used to capture images.

I would like to set-up MDD so that I could somehow have unattended installs of XP, I guess I would need it through the 3com PXE service. So if anyone knows of any good guides or can better explain this I would appreciate it.

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Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2008 is the replacement for BDD (Business Desktop Deployment). If you wanted to deploy images via DVD/USB key, this will handle all your needs (you would need AIK as you use WinPE/ImageX in the process of creating an image). If you had an existing PC that you wanted to wipe and pull down a new image, you could map a drive to the deployment image share and pull down the image via a command line. If you want to deploy images via PXE, you would need to set up WDS.

I found the documenation lacking and a bit confusing until I took a Microsoft class (Deploying Windows Vista Business Desktops), which went over the process thoroughly. We have not yet gone to Vista, but MDT works great for deploying WindowsXP. Our tech support prefers the use of DVD as using PXE occasionally had issues with timing out (when we used Ghost for imaging). I am also able to put multiple images on the DVD, so the tech has the option of selecting which desktop image they want, in addition to selecting various add-on applications installed during the LTI process.
Answered 11/19/2008 by: Elroy7
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