System administrators are known to spend hours on end figuring out new and more efficient ways to deploy desktop operating systems to network clients. Microsoft has recognized this need and answered it with the release of its Windows Automated Installation Kit (WAIK).
The WAIK includes several different programs used to create a fully automated Windows desktop deployment center. Not only does it include all of these programs, but it also includes documentation on how they all work. This includes updated versions of the ImageX utility and the Windows Pre-Execution (WinPE) environment.
You can download the Windows Automated Installation Kit here: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=c7d4bc6d-15f3-4284-9123-679830d629f2&displaylang=en
Chris Sanders is a network consultant for KeeFORCE, one of the most popular network consulting firms in western Kentucky. Chris is the author of the book Practical Packet Analysis as well as several technical articles. His personal website at www.chrissanders.org contains a great deal of information, articles, and guides related to network administration, network security, packet analysis, and general information technology.