Operating System Deployment
In Configuration Manager 2007, the operating system deployment feature allows you to create operating system images and deploy them to target client computer systems. The image, in a Windows Imaging Format (WIM) file format, contains the version of a Microsoft Windows operating system and can also include any other applications that need to be installed on the target system. Configuration Manager 2007 operating system deployment provides the following functionality:
Operating system image capture.
User state migration using the User State Migration Tool (USMT).
Operating system image deployment.
To support operating system deployment by Configuration Manager 2007 Server, the target client must support the Pre-Execution Boot Environment (PXE), and Configuration Manager 2007 Advanced Client must be installed. Also, the target client must meet the operating-system deployment prerequisites. For more information, see Prerequisites for Operating System Deployment. Operating-system deployment is not available for devices that run Windows Embedded CE 6.0 R3 or earlier versions of Windows CE. For more information, see Operating System Deployment in Configuration Manager.