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What is the pros can cons of the following 3 different software deployment tools?

- Windows Deployment Service (WDS)
- Systems Management Service (SMS)
- System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM)

How would multicast help and what do we need to use it?

A decision need to be made for a internal network with approximately 1500 to 1800 users on different sites with department specific software tools and applications. I need to put together a briefing package which describes how I would lower the total cost of ownership and better our current process which is mostly done by scripts. Batch files and msi files that have been pushed and usually have a high failure rate or admin's have to log in and install the software manually.
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Binh Win

8/22/2022 - Mon
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Thanks for the info.  Here is what I have right now, I have to come up with a better plan by tomorrow!:

- WDS as a RIS server for OS and drivers, will it support Win 7?
- WSUS for all windows updates (it only does updates)?
- S/W deployment is done through GPO using msi files
- Anything not a msi file gets scripted in the logon script
- Deployment is done by site, I think it should be done by group as we have specific s/w requirements for groups not sites
- We do have some VM to test deployment and are building VM servers
- There is currently no back out plan it something kills the network after a deployment.

The tools I have available to me are what I mentioned, WDS, WSUS and SCCM. I need to install the OS, drivers and software then keep the software deployment going and updates as well. I guess just one will not do it all, what would you suggest I do, I still need to RIS the pc's. What do you think a better solution would be with the 3 I have?

 I am looking up each one now to get more info but I need to present my info tomorrow.

Thanks again for the help.
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Oh, what about multicasting?
MNH1966

I'm pretty sure multicasting is only used for OS deployment. Haven't used it myself yet.
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Binh Win

Multicasting is for OS Deployment only --- Another reason why SCCM kicks ass is because of the OS Deployment with Task Sequence.  We are deploying an 8GB image of Windows 7 over the wire and it works great.