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How do you deploy Windows 7 company wide and deploy/manage its software ?

Hi All,

We are trying to work out whether or not to purchase SCCM 2012 or some other technology to assist with desktop/server fleet management.  Today have many disparate systems that all do a subset of what we need.  In addition to that we have Windows 7 upcoming and need to deploy it and hundreds of application packages.

Any kinds of suggestion and input will be greatly appreciated.

Thanks.
The new technology MUST:
¿	Deploy Windows 7 to any bare bones machine (including driver insertion)
¿	Deploy Windows 2008 to any bare bones machine regardless (including driver insertion)
¿	Deploy Software from MSI 
¿	Deploy Software from Non-MSI (flat file, single registry key, third party installer)
¿	Deploy Software based on Active Directory Group Membership
¿	Deploy Software with ‘pre-requisites and supersedes’ smarts built in
¿	Deploy Windows Security Patches
¿	Deploy Windows Security Patches with respect to groups (ie node A is patched fully before node B is patched)
¿	Ability to Permanently exclude Security Patches that are irrelevant to a system
¿	Ability to Disapprove a Security Patches
¿	Report on Windows Security Patch Gaps
¿	Report on software deployments for licensing compliance 
¿	Support a replicated Multi-tiered infrastructure deployments (Internal, DMZ-I, DMZ-E info all in the same Microsoft SQL database)
¿	Be supported by the supplying vendor on a vmware platform
¿	Provide a configuration management database that lets you put manual descriptions hardware, asset and IP addressing information in 

The new technology SHOULD:
¿	Allow you to Add/Remove things from an SOE without having to recreate SOE from scratch.
¿	Deploy user based software that installs on first run instead of installing all your apps upon first log in
¿	Allow administrative removal of an application from a machine when you’re out of a group
¿	Automatically associate users to machines based on the last log on
¿	Report on hardware inventory
¿	Report on software inventory
¿	Report on user to machine inventory
¿	Not require the user to have local administrative privileges

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David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
1-4 MDT2010 with WDS
5 - Applocker
6 is hard to do, must be on a per app basis too many variables
7-11 WSUS  / Gfi Languard
12 Spiceworks / Aida64 Enterprise
13 ?
14 that is a vmware issue prefer hyper (was more cost effective here)
15 spiceworks
16 what is a soe ?
17 MDT again
18 applocker
19 ???? no roaming profiles? or profiles stored on server?
20-22 spiceworks/ aida64
23 can be scripted by installer

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jjozAuthor Commented:
SOE --> Standard operating Environment
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merowingerCommented:
All of that should work with ConfigMgr 2012.
We even run such requirements with ConfigMgr 2007
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jjozAuthor Commented:
ah, I am confused with SCOM + WDS , is there any new released or combined product for that ?
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David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
you might want to look at app-v or remote app if you want to add/remove apps otherwise you will have to mount the .wim, do your duty and then re-sysprep then close the .wim
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araberuniCommented:
In short answer, Yes. SCCM 2012 can do what you asking for on that list. For multi tier infrastructure, if you have correct configuration and all required ports are open than off course SCCM can work in this type of environment.

I virtualized SCCM on VMware and Hyper-v. It works perfect. no issue.

Please visit http://www.microsoft.com/systemcenter/en/us/configuration-manager/cm-overview.aspx for SCCM features, capabilities and key benefits.

SCCM licensing options http://www.microsoft.com/systemcenter/en/us/pricing-licensing.aspx

I would recommend you to go for SC suites. This is cost effective when you buy suites. You will get better management capabilities when you have SCCM and SCOM.
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merowingerCommented:
SCOM = Operations Manager (Monitoring App)
SCCM or ConfigMgr = Configuration Manager (Client and Server Mgmt)
MDT = Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (OS Deployment for free)
WDS = Windows Deployment Services (Underlaying Service for OS Deplyoment)
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jjozAuthor Commented:
ah.. sounds great, so if I buy the SC suite it comes with SCCM + SCOM as well ?
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merowingerCommented:
i don't about the licencing.
But if there's a SC package, I think SCOM and SCCM are with it.
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araberuniCommented:
There are no combined products. SCCM,WDS and WSUS work together.

You need to install WDS and WSUS server roles on SCCM server. However, WDS works as a pxe server and WSUS as update services in SCCM . you will be using those two functions inside sccm. you have to configure and manage pxe i.e. wds and update services i.e. WSUS using ConfigMgr console.

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araberuniCommented:
SCOM and SCCM arent within same package. two different products.
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vak73Commented:
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jjozAuthor Commented:
thanks !
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