Using This Guide
This guide describes the process of packaging applications for deployment in Lite Touch Installation (LTI) and Zero Touch Installation (ZTI) deployment scenarios using Microsoft® Deployment Solution Accelerator. Microsoft Deployment is the next version of Business Desktop Deployment (BDD) 2007. Learn how to install applications using Microsoft Deployment and how to prepare applications for deployment using software repackaging tools.
Use the examples provided in this guide as a basis for application preparation. Research the list of references provided to get detailed information on repackaging methodologies using various installer technologies.
Note In this document, Windows applies to Windows Vista®, Windows® XP Professional, Windows XP Tablet PC Edition, Windows Server® 2003, and Windows Server 2008 unless otherwise noted.
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Application Installation Overview
For application automation to function effectively with Microsoft Deployment, applications must be installable without user interaction. Typically, this is accomplished by using each application’s silent install option. Applications using Microsoft Installer, for instance, often use the /passive or /quiet command option for unattended installation. Command options vary depending on the installer. Some command options are provided in this guide, but always check the installer reference documentation for a complete listing of command options.
How Microsoft Deployment Installs Applications
Microsoft Deployment uses options and settings stored in the Microsoft Deployment configuration database or in the CustomSettings.ini configuration file. These settings control many aspects of Microsoft Deployment operation and also provide commands for application installation.