How to decide on Windows Deployment Methods
Computers in the enterprise world require being up-to-date. This means IT teams need to be able to have a solid OS deployment plan for all the employees. With so many scenarios, it’s important that the plan be flexible as well as functional. Luckily, Microsoft offers many options of deployment to help cater for the wide range of scenarios. This post will briefly discuss the comparison between some of traditional deployment methods: WDS, MDT, SCCM.
Windows Deployment Services is a feature installed on Windows Server OS that gives the capability to push a Windows OS image to a computer. It’s a good foundation to have set up to start your deployment methods. This option has the quickest initial setup to get up and running but does require more manual configuration when it comes to building the OS image to your liking.
Microsoft Deployment Toolkit takes WDS take it to one big step further from WDS. It actually requires WDS to work but implements Lite Touch Installation. This would result in a longer time in initial configuration of the toolkit but ends up being more efficient in the long run for deployment.
System Center Configuration Manager is a well-known tool. Out of this list, SCCM is the only option is requiring a purchase to be able to have access. This tool offers the most configuration flexibility for technicians. It also scales very well for companies that are large. It has the largest learning curve to have the tool work in your favor.
Choose what works
Although these solutions stand on their own, they also collaborate with other tools to a better deployment experience. WDS and MDT can work together as well as MDT and SCCM can work together. There are even now some modern methods added to the arsenal such as AutoPilot and Provisioning Packages that run in parallel with your system. What it comes down to is the type of environment and what deployments issues you like to resolve.