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WDS vs (MDT with WDS)

    Question

  • Suppose we do win 7 deployment with:

    case 1: WDS only

    case 2: MDT (lite touch) with WDS

    What are some customizations case 2 can do that case 1 cannot do?

    Thanks.

    Tuesday, November 20, 2012 2:00 PM

Answers

  • @pty1196user,

    Someone asked a similar question here:  http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/mdt/thread/5731ae3f-1802-4922-9a4f-87e48b2c2f8b

    Basically, WDS can deploy images and OSes via the network, which allows you to do network boots and OS deployments through the network.  The problem is that WDS can only push images - meaning that any types of drivers, or applications, or configurations you want to include with the deployment have to be embedded in the image itself, or they won't deploy.

    MDT fixes that through scripts and commands that it runs before and after the OS install, to install drivers, applications, customizations -- basically anything you need to include to get a machine to the point where it is basically ready to go - no further installs or configuration is needed.  

    Hope that helps!

    • Proposed as answer by Stephan Schwarz Tuesday, November 20, 2012 10:36 PM
    • Marked as answer by pty1196user Wednesday, November 21, 2012 2:38 AM
    Tuesday, November 20, 2012 3:17 PM