We are looking at purchasing both the KACE 1000 & 2000. So far we have been very impressed with the trial, capabilities, etc.

One question we had, concerns Windows 7 Deployment. To set the stage, our environment contains roughly 500 PC's\Laptops all running Windows XP with SP2 or SP3. These are spread across geographic areas, but we have excellent bandwidth to all locations (100 MBPS).

We are wondering the best way to roll out Windows 7 to these machines. I am guessing we go something like this:

1)Install KBOX Agent on all PC's first.
2)Run the Compatibility Reports for Windows 7.
3)Use the K2000 to deploy Windows 2000.

However we would like to do this in a way that we do not have to touch the PC's. The KBOX agent is straightforward. What is the best way to get Windows 7 out, without having to walk a user through a PXE boot?

Thanks in advance.
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To accommodate remote sites, you need to use the Remote Site Appliance (RSA) and it will provide the capability to deploy an image remotely.

The K2000 is an agentless solutions, so there is no agent for the K2000.

Did you mean in step 3 to deploy Windows 7?

To perform automated deployments, you use Boot Actions which is set off by the MAC address for each computer. If you set in the BIOS to boot the network card first with PXE boot enabled, it will be fully automatic. The K1000 can help deploy a script to your systems to change BIOS settings, depending on the hardware vendor. I know this is possible with Dell Systems using the Dell Client Configuration Utility (DCCU) which can be found on Dell's Driver Download Support web site.

Generally speaking with Windows 7, you would want to deploy via a Scripted Install to leverage the Drivers Library to make deployment a little easier and less worrisome about drivers.

Don't forget the K2000 can also capture the user state from WinXP, then deploy Win7 via scripted install, and then re-apply the user state. The K2000 is an excellent tool for Migrations.

Dell KACE has a few resources posted to help with migration:
Look under the Webcasts and also select "More Webcasts" to view all of them.
Look under White Papers and also select "More White Papers" to view all of them.
Answered 01/21/2011 by: tstaub
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