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  1. 1. Microsoft Solution Accelerator for Business Desktop Deployment 2007 Standard Edition Beta 1 Frequently Asked Questions What is the Microsoft Solution Accelerator for Business Desktop Deployment 2007? The Microsoft® Solution Accelerator for Business Desktop Deployment (BDD) provides the guidance and tools required to efficiently manage the deployment of Microsoft Windows Vista™ and Microsoft Office Professional Edition 2007. BDD 2007 will consist of two primary solutions: BDD 2007 Standard Edition and BDD 2007 Enterprise Edition. Both are part of the Microsoft Solutions for Management suite of solution accelerator offerings. They utilize the robust deployment tools in Microsoft Windows Vista,, combined with real-world experience and guidance, to create an end- to-end solution for migrating and deploying desktops. The BDD 2007 Beta 1 is available on Microsoft Connect ( as an open beta to partners and customers and enables acceleration and cost reduction associated with deployment projects. The release versions of BDD 2007 will be available to coincide with the release of Microsoft Windows Vista on the Microsoft Download Center ( What are the key BDD Messages? 1. Microsoft is committed to eliminating hurdles and reducing the costs customers experience with desktop deployment, application compatibility, and desktop life cycle management. New deployment tools and resources have enabled partners and customers to deploy Windows XP and Office 2003 for under $100 (on average) per desktop, a savings of up to $250 per desktop. 2. The next generation of the Solution Accelerator for Business Desktop Deployment provides an end-to-end solution for the efficient planning, building, and deploying of Windows Vista and Office 2007. The Enterprise Edition of the BDD solution accelerator will offer Zero Touch deployment using Microsoft Systems Management Server 2003 Operating System Deployment Feature Pack Update, thereby eliminating the need for a technician to be on-site to deploy the desktop. 3. A suite of new and enhanced deployment tools is now available in the Windows Vista operating system that enables businesses to deploy Windows Vista and Office 2007 desktops more easily than ever, resulting in reduced deployment costs. 4. Windows Vista offers businesses the most secure Windows platform with stronger default security settings, increased manageability and control, and improved and more secure experiences. What is the difference between BDD 2007 Standard Edition and BDD 2007 Enterprise Edition? The BDD 2007 Standard Edition has been updated from previous BDD Standard Edition releases. As with previous releases, it requires a minimum set of tools and assumes that the environment does not have systems management utilities, directory services, or deployment servers in place. The BDD Enterprise Edition, on the other hand, is a highly automated zero touch solution that requires a Microsoft Systems Management Server (SMS) 2003 and Microsoft Active Directory® environment for deployment. BDD 2007 Standard Edition has been updated to use most of the same tools and procedures as found in the coming BDD 2007 Enterprise Edition. The unified architecture makes it easier to implement both Enterprise and Standard Editions, depending on the breadth of tools available in the environment. What does BDD 2007 Standard Edition Beta 1 include? BDD 2007 Standard Edition Beta 1 provides the assets required to deliver Windows Vista and Office 2007 to the corporate desktop. Usability • BDD Explorer graphical user interface • Getting Started: UI Overview
  2. 2. • BDD Standard Edition Readme Included Tools and Related Guidance • • Microsoft Application Compatibility Toolkit 5.0 • • Microsoft User State Migration Tool 3.0 • • Microsoft Windows Enterprise Learning Framework User Kit • • Windows Automated Installation Kit (WAIK) User's Guide for Windows Vista • • Microsoft Windows Preinstallation Environment 2.0 • • Standalone task sequencer derived from System Center Configuration Manager 2007 Technical Solution Guidance • Getting Started Guide • Plan, Build, and Deploy Guide • Application Compatibility Remediation Feature Team Guide • Core Application Packaging Feature Team Guide • Supplemental Application Packaging Feature Team Guide • Infrastructure Remediation Feature Team Guide • Security Feature Team Guide • User State Migration Feature Team Guide • Imaging System Feature Team Guide • Deployment Feature Team Guide • Operations Feature Team Guide • Plan, Build and Deploy Guide for Office Upgrades • Office Upgrade Feature Team Guide Sample and Job Aid Documents • Sample BDD Project Plan, featuring a fictitious company archetype named Trey Engineering • Trey Site Deployment Project Plan • Test Feature Team Guide • Trey Upper MORG IT Archetype • Trey Functional Specification • Trey Migration Plan • Trey Pilot Plan • Trey Risk Template Tool • Trey Test Plan • Trey Test Specification • Test Cases Workbook • Trey Training Plan • Trey Vision Scope • Trey Business Case Document • Trey Business Case Presentation • Trey Client Build Requirements • Application Knowledge Sheet • Trey Communications Plan • Trey Network and Workstation Hardware Upgrades List • Inventory Template • Assessment Template • Current State Assessment Template • The 20 Commandments of Software Packaging • Macrovision Application Preparation Roadmap • MSI Repackaging and Customization Best Practices Guide • Macrovision Brochure
  3. 3. • Office Upgrade Assessment Template • Office Upgrade Budget Plan • Office Upgrade Communications Plan • Office Upgrade Configuration Plan • Office Upgrade Current State Assessment Template • Office Upgrade Distribution Plan • Office Upgrade File Migration Plan • Office Upgrade Functional Specification • Office Upgrade Hardware Upgrades List • Office Upgrade Inventory Template • Office Upgrade Management Plan • Office Upgrade Pilot Plan • Office Upgrade Project Plan • Office Upgrade Risk Template Tool • Office Upgrade Test Plan • Office Upgrade Training Plan • Office Upgrade Vision Plan Which organizations will benefit from BDD 2007 Standard Edition Beta 1? The Solution Accelerator for BDD 2007 offers a solution targeted to all corporate customers who have 250 or more networked PCs using the Microsoft desktop and who need a high level of operational excellence and scalability. The BDD 2007 Standard Edition Beta 1 is especially useful for organizations with varied network and systems management infrastructure to begin assessing Windows Vista and Office 2007 deployment using beta releases of both products. Which operating system migrations does the BDD 2007 provide guidance for? BDD 2007 can be used to manage migrations of Windows 2000 and later operating systems to Windows Vista. The release version of BDD 2007 will also provide functionality for migrating Windows 2000 to Windows XP with Service Pack 2. How does the workflow process ensure smooth deployment? The BDD process is based on Microsoft Solutions Framework (MSF) version 3.0. MSF delivers proven practices for planning, building, and deploying a variety of technology solutions. It combines aspects of software design and development plus infrastructure design and deployment into a single project life cycle. With MSF, organizations can achieve the right balance of flexibility while meeting their commitments, as well as achieve speed while minimizing their risks. Does BDD 2007 make it easier for implementers to get to technical content? BDD 2007 has been fundamentally updated to split feature team guides into two sections: guidance for project management and guidance for feature team technical implementers. How does BDD 2007 address the biggest obstacles in deployment? Microsoft conducted extensive research to prioritize the top “deployment blockers” that prevent efficient migration and designed BDD to address these: • Application compatibility • Office documentation migration • User state migration • Automation of deployment Which technologies are being applied in BDD? The BDD 2007 Standard Edition is based on deployment tools from Microsoft, as well as custom scripts. • Hardware and software Inventory— Application Compatibility Analyzer, Microsoft SQL Server™Microsoft SQL Server™ 2000 Desktop Engine, Microsoft Office Access
  4. 4. • Application Compatibility Testing and Remediation—Application Compatibility Toolkit 5.0, Microsoft Virtual PC 2004 • Core Application Packaging—Office Professional Edition 2007, the Microsoft Office Resource Kit • Imaging—ImageX, System Image Manager, Microsoft Windows Preinstallation Environment 2.0 (Windows PE 2.0), Sysprep • Project Management—Microsoft Project 2003 • Application Packaging— Customer choice • User Data and Settings—User State Migration Tool 3.0 • Deployment Process—Windows PE 2.0, Sysprep, Windows Deployment Services, BDD 2007 Deployment Wizard Are there technology constraints to BDD 2007? By design, there are very few. With the BDD Standard Edition, Microsoft does not assume that any network management system or specific deployment servers already exist within the organization. Will users lose all data and settings that they currently have on their computers? No. BDD 2007 provides detailed, best-practice guidance about user state migration and employs the User State Migration Tool 3.0 to migrate the desired settings and attributes to the new desktop. Does BDD 2007 Standard Edition Beta 1 support deployment of Windows XP Professional with Service Pack 2? No. This Beta release only supports deployment of the Windows Vista operating system. BDD 2007 Standard and Enterprise Editions will support deployment of Windows XP SP2 when it is released to the Microsoft Download Center. How do I get Windows PE 2.0? Windows PE 2.0 is available as part of the Windows Vista operating system (boot.wim). It is also available separately in the Windows Automated Installation Kit (Windows AIK), which includes Windows PE for each platform (ia64, x64, x86) and tools to customize it using Windows System Image Manager and Windows Deployment Services. What tools are used in the BDD solutions for imaging? The BDD 2007 Standard Edition uses the new BDDWorkbench, which is built on Windows Vista deployment tools including: ImageX, System Image Manager, Windows PE 2.0, and Windows Deployment Services. Does BDD 2007 address security for the business desktop? BDD 2007 helps companies understand how security policies affect the design of desktop images and also discuss strategies for hardening of the desktop. However, BDD is not intended to replace specific desktop security solutions. Can BDD be tailored to fit a company’s specific project- management methodology? Yes. MSF is a life-cycle model that addresses a number of disciplines, including project management, so good project-management methodology can be used in conjunction with the solution. The solution can even be adapted to operate within a different life-cycle methodology. Although the phases, tasks, and milestones are specific to MSF, the process is generic. Any analyst with a basic knowledge of MSF and the target methodology should be able to adapt the Solution Accelerators for BDD to fit into any project-management methodology. Who should use BDD 2007 Beta 1, and how much does it cost? BDD 2007 Beta 1 is freely available to customers and partners to use in their desktop migration projects for Windows Vista and Office 2007. Microsoft has released the solution accelerator to Microsoft Connect as an open Beta program download ( Where can I find out more information about BDD 2007 and previous versions?