Windows 7 and Office 2010 Deployment using SCCM 2007 SP2

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Hi Experts Exchange,

I will be working on a big project for a client where I will be deploying Windows 7 and Office 2010 using SCCM 2007 SP2.

The client PCs are currently Windows Vista SP2 and 32 bit builds. What I need to know is can I do an upgrade from Windows Vista or do I have to do a migration?

Also, I need to know how I can do this using SCCM 2007 SP2. I would appreciate as much detail as possible.

Thank you Experts Exchange.


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JBond2010
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The answer is yes you can do an upgrade, but my recommendation is a clean install.  I tested an upgrade and the computer was not as responsive as one with a clean install.  As for the secod half I have not gone this route on roll outs so I will defer to other experts.

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Migration would be better than an upgrade.  
Are your user profiles and settings stored locally on the machines or are they roaming profiles?
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@ Kezzi, thank you for your comment.

Yes, the user profiles are stored locally.

What I need to know is in as much detail is how to do this with SCCM 2007, deploying the new OS and also Office 2010.


Regards,

JBond2010
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I can tell you how to deploy them, but I wouldnt be the best person to tell you how to capture existing user profiles from the system and migrate them onto the windows 7 image as we dont do that in our environment.   There are plenty of documents on the net about how to do this, and you would need to research which method would be best for you as there are loads of ways of doing user state migration and it depends on the tools you have as well.

Have you created OS images before?  Have you deployed OS images from SCCM?  Have you created Task Sequences?  Have you packaged Office 2010 already into SCCM?
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What I really need is detailed information regarding deploying Windows 7 and Office 2010 with SCCM 2007 sp2. I would appreciate from anyone who has done this with SCCM 2007.
The normal procedure to deploy Windows 7 in SCCM is the following:

1. Import the install.wim from the Windows 7 DVD into SCCM OS Images
2. The Windows PE Boot Images should already be integrated in SCCM
3. Create a ConfigMgr Agent Package
4. Create a "Build and Capture" Task Sequence
    - You should decide if you want a thick or a thin image. Whats the difference? Thick Image means that you put a lot of applications which are required from all Users into the Image. If you have to differ if e.g. UserA needs Office and UserB doesn't you should not integrate Office into the Image. Examples for Applications within a base image are AntiVirus Agents, BGInfo, Backup Client, ...
    - Define a path where the image will be stored when it is captured from the Reference Client. The Account should have permissons to write on the share
5. Distibute all neccesary sources on the Distribution Points
    - Both Windows PE Images on normal and PXE Distribution Points
    - Windows 7 Install Image on a normal Distribution Point
    - ConfigMgr Agent on a normal Distribution Point
    - Further applications also on a normal Distribution Point
7. Advertise the Build and Capture Task Sequence to a Collection
8. Import a New Computer entry. -> Your Reference Client and point it to the Collection where you've advertised the Task Sequence
9. Boot the Reference Client and process throught the Task Sequence.
10. After the Image was captured you create a new Task Sequence "Install an existing image" (Restore Task Sequence)
11. Now you can define all the things within the Task Sequence. E.g. Domain Membership, Install Applications when specific conditions are met, ...
12. Distribute the captured Image also on a normal Distribution Point
13. Advertise the Restore Task Sequence on a Collection and so on...

Check out this video how to deploy Windows 7
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/windowsserver/ff462932

Here's a nice guide how to deploy Office 2010
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff404178.aspx
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@ Merowinger, thank you for all your help.


Regards,

JBond2010

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