Microsoft Desktop, Part 1 of 8: Enterprise Deployments

with Chris Bell

Many system administrators are familiar with configuring a few machines at a time in their enterprise. What happens we start to get in to large organizations? Those with not just 10, 20 or more desktops but those with 500, 1000 or even more desktops all are running various applications within the enterprise. Eventually all systems reach a point when advancements in technology betray then as outdated and upgrading or deposing of those systems ends that portion of their life cycle. Though there are various tools and technologies used to deploy an operating system in large enterprise infrastructures, it is important to understand how to plan for and perform desktop deployments in the enterprise network. Through this course we’ll take a high level look at the key concepts of enterprise desktop deployments. We will look at enterprise desktops and the different stages of their life cycle and then go over the process of the deployment in which we setup an enterprise computer, including the installation of operating systems and all required applications. We’ll go through the desktop deployment design strategies to make sure we identify the right deployment approach to use based upon hardware and software dependences and identify a deployment strategy to use and ultimately implement. We will also touch on desktop update options and the various enterprise desktop components. Once we have an understanding of the components, we’ll then focus on identifying a deployment method, identifying product licenses using volume activation management tool and creating an infrastructure readiness outline using the Microsoft assessment and planning toolkit.

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