SnapDeploy vs Ghost vs MDT/WDS

Posted on 2011-02-18
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Last Modified: 2016-10-27
I've got to roll out an imaging solution, mainly for desktops/laptops, for a medium sized enterprise .. ~150 - 200 systems.

Currently they're using WDS on Win2k3, but its busted, and has some problems. I've personally used Ghost and Acronis (for servers and laptops) more in the past, and have no experience w/ WDS, or MDT for that matter.

I wanted to ping the EE community and see if anyone has any substantial experience with the 3, and/or more importantly can make a good case why Acronis/Ghost is a far superior solution than WDS/MDT.

Question by:kapshure

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Kody-Burg earned 1000 total points
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I personally use Windows Server 2008 to deploy machines using WDS/MDT 2010. It's pretty simple to setup once you have the MDT and the AIK downloaded. It'll take about an hour to configure. The benefits are awesome too. You can use the MDT wizard to backup user profiles. Then, when you finish the installation process, it will automatically put the user profile(s) back on the machine. Using MDT/WDS together also allows you to automatically join the domain and install all needed apps. If you use MDT/WDS together, you avoid activation issues. If you are just using WDS to capture and deploy, you will run into activation issues if you deploy and capture an image more than 3 times.

Here is a link to some info to help you setup MDT:


Here is a link to help you setup WDS:


Hope this helps,


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ID: 34946807

nice!! that's pretty sweet. that will certainly save our Helpdesk group some time. thanks a ton for the info.

anyone else?
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