The Zero-Touch, High-Volume Deployment strategy that Figure 1 shows is for large organizations with IT staff and IT pros who have expertise with deployment, networking, and Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager. Organizations using this strategy typically have more than 500 client computers and at least one location with more than 25 users. They have managed networks based on a Windows Server operating system.
Figure 1. Zero-Touch, High-Volume Deployment Strategy
About the Strategy
Customers can use MDT with Configuration Manager for User-Driven Installation or Zero-Touch Installation (ZTI) deployment. Based on ZTI deployment, the Zero-Touch, High-Volume Deployment strategy is appropriate for large organizations that have the necessary infrastructure (Configuration Manager, Active Directory Domain Services [AD DS], and so on). If your organization does not have the required infrastructure, use the
Lite-Touch, High-Volume Deployment strategy, instead. Organizations that meet the Zero-Touch, High-Volume Deployment strategy’s requirements can realize significant savings by fully automating Windows 8 deployment.
Note: MDT supports thin and thick imaging. Thin imaging refers to installing the Windows 8 image that Microsoft provides without customizing it (or installing a lightly customize image), and then using automation to install applications, device drivers, and updates on each client computer during deployment. Thick imaging refers to customizing an image with applications, device drivers, and updates before deploying it. Microsoft recommends using thin images, as doing so helps reduce maintenance time and costs. MDT makes using thin images with the Zero-Touch, High-Volume Deployment strategy simple: In fact, this strategy advocates thin images.
The following elements are required to use the Zero-Touch, High-Volume Deployment strategy:
The Zero-Touch, High-Volume Deployment strategy’s most significant limitations are the infrastructure and skill level required to implement it. This strategy relies on integrating MDT and Configuration Manager. MDT can be simple, but Configuration Manager requires significant infrastructure. In addition, using Configuration Manager to deploy Windows requires expertise with deployment, networking, and the Configuration Manager software. Training is also required. These limitations are offset by the reduced costs realized by fully automating deployment.
Table 1 describes the high-level deployment process for using the Zero-Touch, High-Volume Deployment strategy with MDT. The left column describes the step, and the right column contains links to detailed information about completing that step.
Table 1. Zero-Touch, High-Volume Deployment Strategy