This guide is intended to be used as part of the Microsoft® Deployment Solution Accelerator. Microsoft Deployment is the next version of Business Desktop Deployment (BDD) 2007. When preparing to perform infrastructure remediation, the most important factor that organizations must rely on is network documentation; yet documentation is often one of the aspects of network management that obtains the least funding from the overall networking budget. If this is the case for the organization’s network, use Microsoft Deployment to improve network documentation, then maintain that documentation after the project is complete.
Note In this document, Windows applies to the Windows Vista®, Windows® XP Professional, Windows XP Tablet PC Edition, Windows Server® 2008, and Windows Server 2003 operating systems unless otherwise noted.
Documenting the network environment is part of the larger computer-deployment project and must be managed as such. Decisions made during the infrastructure remediation process must align with overall project goals, and deliverables must be well integrated with the total deployment project.
Note that Figure 1 includes an Envisioning Phase, during which initial thinking and planning about a project occur. This feature team guide does not document the Envisioning Phase, and instead begins with the Planning Phase.
To help gather the required information for this phase of the project, certain prerequisites must be met or recognized. Performing the tasks described in this guide requires the following resources:
An inventory collection and reporting tool. Such tools include Microsoft Systems Management Server (SMS) 2003 or Microsoft Systems Center Configuration Manager 2007.
Infrastructure remediation job aids. Microsoft Deployment includes three job aids to assist the Infrastructure Remediation feature team with assessment and upgrade planning:
Assessment Template. This template maintains project data for the entire project through all phases. Multiple teams will contribute to the assessment and planning required to complete this document.
Current State Assessment Template. This is a step-by-step guide to assessing the current infrastructure.
Network and Workstation Hardware Upgrades. This spreadsheet lists planned upgrades and their expected cost.