I am running WDS on Win2008 and SMS 2003 on Win2003 right now and was looking
at SCCM to see if its OS deployment services might be a better solution for
imaging/desktop deployment that my current situation. I was also wondering
how it might compare to third party apps like Ghost/Altirus, LANdesk etc that
I am considering. So general opinions on how SCCM OS deployment are welcome.
With that said I specifically wanted to know a few things:
Is SCCM OS deployment simply using a form of WDS, ie file based imaging or
is it sector based? WDS only captures sysprepped images and the occasional
need to backup a laptop as is would be nice.
Does SCCM allow you to push from an image the console via Wake on Lan/PXE?
Can this be done with the SMS (SCCM) client installed and/or can it be done
on a clean machine with no client?
I used Altirus years back to drop a hidden boot partition in a machine which
allowed a push to be done from the console to any machine without hitting F12
or anything like that and wanted to basically see if SCCM can do the same?