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System Requirements

Published: November 09, 2007

This section describes the system requirements for the deployment server and target computer. Deployment server requirements apply to computers on which team members install and use Microsoft Deployment to configure distribution shares. Target computer requirements apply to computers on which team members run the deployment scripts to install the Windows operating system. The guidance describes additional requirements.

Microsoft Deployment can be installed on both the x86 and x64 versions of the following operating system platforms:

  • Windows Server 2008 (Standard and Enterprise operating systems)

  • Windows Server 2003 (Standard and Enterprise operating systems) with Service Pack 1 (SP1) or later

  • Windows Vista (Business, Enterprise, and Ultimate operating systems)

  • Windows XP Professional with SP2

In addition to the hardware, operating system, and software requirements described in the guides, the following hardware and software requirements must also be met on the deployment server and target computers for the Deployment Workbench and deployment scripts to function properly.

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Software Software

Hardware

These additional hardware requirements must be met on the deployment server:

  • Free space of 4 gigabytes (GB) on the drive containing the %TEMP% folder if team members plan to create a media deployment International Organization for Standardization (ISO) image. Otherwise, 1 GB of free space is required on the drive containing the %TEMP% folder.

  • Minimum 5 GB free space on the drive containing the distribution share.

  • Free space of 1 GB on the drive containing the Microsoft Deployment program files.

Software

These additional software requirements must be met on the deployment server and target computers.

Deployment Server

  • Windows Server 2003 with SP1:

    • Microsoft Management Console (MMC) version 3.0

    • Microsoft .NET Framework version 2.0

    • Offline servicing kernel update

  • Windows Server 2003 with SP2:

    • MMC version 3.0

    • Microsoft .NET Framework version 2.0

  • Windows Server 2008:

    • No additional software requirements

  • Windows Vista:

    • No additional software requirements

  • Windows XP Professional with SP2:

    • MMC version 3.0

    • Microsoft .NET Framework version 2.0

    • Offline servicing kernel update

    • Windows Installer version 3.1

Note See the section, “Appendix A: Software Download Locations,” later in this guide for software download locations.

Note If teams choose only to install and view the Microsoft Deployment documentation by using the Deployment Workbench, the only software requirements are Microsoft .NET Framework version 2.0, Windows Installer version 3.1, and MMC version 3.0. The remaining software in the previous list is not required to view the documentation.

Target Computer

  • Microsoft Windows 2000 with SP4:

    • Microsoft XML Core Services (MSXML) version 3.0

    • Microsoft Visual C++ runtime

    • Windows Internet Explorer® version 5.0 or later

    • Windows Script version 5.6 or later

  • Windows Server 2003 with SP1:

    • Windows Script version 5.6 or later

  • Windows Server 2008:

    • No additional software requirements

  • Windows Vista:

    • No additional software requirements

  • Windows XP Professional with SP2:

    • Windows Installer version 3.1

    • Windows Script version 5.6 or later

Note   See the section, “Appendix A: Software Download Locations,” later in this guide for software download locations.

Note   The Visual C++ runtime is required to run the deployment scripts on target computers that are running the Windows 2000 operating system. See the section, “Appendix B: Preparing Windows 2000 Client Computers,” later in this guide for installation instructions.


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