Configure WDS for user computers.

I know that with WDS you can configure a Golden Image with all Apps on it, then you configure WDS for image deployment.

In our Environment, sometime we need to upgrade users computers but keep their Apps and profiles they had in the old computers.

I wonder if there is a way to copy the contents of the current computer that a user  is using  and merge them with the new image.

Any idea?

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David Paris VicenteSystems and Comunications  Administrator Commented:
Regarding to the profiles, do you already think on roaming profiles?
This can be the trick to store all profiles of your users.

Regarding the App, this will be more tricky, because if you don't have an app policy implemented on your environment, you don´t have any control :(.

So the solution will be use Configuration Manager, with this Microsoft tool you can deploy images using the WDS role and create specific collections for the computers with specific app´s,  and deploy them after the instalation or use WAIK tools (Windows Automation Installation Kit ) to deploy software.

Hope this can help you.

jskfanAuthor Commented:
What WDS does that WAIK does not and vice-versa ?
DO I need them both or just one of them ?
David Paris VicenteSystems and Comunications  Administrator Commented:
Hi i also forgot to mention the MDT, this service is needed if you want to manipulate your images..

Ok but the diferences are:

You will need WDS to be able  to use PXE and create or deploy an image.

MDT it's like a framework that you install and has all the documentation and tools needed for you to create your custom image.
It's like a food receipt. You buy de OS, Applications, Drivers, Hotfixes, etc and then you mix them all with a task sequence that tells the system the step it needs to take to create the custom image.
Additionally when you update MDT it creates the means necessary for you to boot machines from the WDS. It creates boot wim files that you can publish on WDS.

WAIK its a set of tools that needs to be installed for you to be able to use MDT.
MDT needs tools from WAIK to work properly. One good example is Windows SIM that makes you able to edit unattend.xml files.


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jskfanAuthor Commented:
Thank you
Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
Look into the User State Migration Tool - it's designed to keep all the user settings.  The apps are going to need to be redeployed, but the settings can migrate.  (USMT is like the Windows Easy Transfer Wizard only for corporate (so it's not as easy).
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