Applies to: Windows 8.1, Windows 8
In this series:
Microsoft recommends a few targeted strategies for deploying the Windows 8.1 operating system. These strategies range from manually configuring Windows 8.1 on a few client computers to using automated tools and technologies to deploy the operating system to thousands of computers.
Following are details about four recommended deployment strategies. After you have chosen a strategy, you can click on its link to obtain more detailed information.
|Note: For a complete view of Windows 8.1 resources, articles, demos, and guidance, please visit the Windows 8.1 TechCenter.|
Table 1 provides guidelines for choosing a strategy based on factors such as the skill level of your organization’s IT staff, your organization’s license agreement, the number of client computers, and your infrastructure.
To use the strategy table, choose the column that best matches your organization’s network scenario. In cases where you identify with multiple columns, start with the leftmost column. As you move to the right, the solutions require more skills and investment to implement, and they provide for quicker, more thorough, and more automated deployments.
As you plan to deploy more computers, consider improving your scenario to enable you to move right in the strategy table. For example, if the only criterion preventing you from performing a Lite-Touch, High-Volume deployment is that you are using retail media, consider purchasing a volume license. Click the link in the heading of the chosen column to read more about implementing that particular strategy.
Table 1. Deployment strategy
|High-Touch with Retail Media||High-Touch with Standard Image||Lite-Touch, High-Volume Deployment||Zero-Touch, High-Volume Deployment|
|IT skill level||IT generalist||IT pro with optional deployment experience||IT pro with deployment experience recommended|
|Windows license agreement||Retail||SA||Enterprise agreement|
|Number of client computers||less than 100||100–200||200–500||greater than 500|
|Application support||Manually installed commercial applications||Manually installed commercial or line-of-business (LOB) applications||Automatically installed commercial or LOB applications||Automatically installed commercial or LOB applications|
|User interaction||Manual, hands-on deployment||Manual, hands-on deployment||Limited interaction at the beginning of installation||Fully automated deployment|
|Lower cost and effort by . . .||. . . automating Windows 8.1 installation||. . . creating standardized images||. . . providing network-based installation to support large-scale deployment with limited interaction||. . . providing network-based installation to support large scale-deployment with no interaction|
|Helping to . . .||. . . create reproducible and faster client computer installation||. . . reduce configuration testing and deployment time||. . . leverage standardized images with network access by using pull automation||. . . leverage standardized images with network access by using push automation|
|Windows 8.1 tools|