Deploy Win 7 With Windows deployment Services

I have perused over the links above, regarding Windows 7 unattended deployment using Microsoft WDS.

If I understand WDS can use either WAIK or MDT to deploy Win7.

I wonder which of them is easier than the other.
It seems to me AIK installs windows system Image Manager, which is a little bit complicated. This is is only my point of view after reading the articles.

ANy Expert out there who used WDS with MDT or WDS with AIK(WSIM) ? if so which of them is easier. I know MDT will let you add software the reference image later instead of creating a new reference image from scratch, but for me it is not important for now.

any help will be very much appreciated.

Thank you
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Vaseem MohammedCommented:
If i am not wrong, WAIK contains image customization tools, MDT integrates with WDS to customize deployment and WDS is server role for deployment.

WDS is your option to setup OS deployment.

If you have license for SCCM 2012, I would suggest you to go with SCCM, its a bit confusing in begining, but once you get the idea on how SCCM WRT software updates, deployments, it makes life really easy.
jskfanAuthor Commented:
The company I work for does not have many users. so now and then they will have to give a user a new computer, or new hires will come up and new new computer.

I know SCCM 2012 is for larger enterprises
jskfanAuthor Commented:
WAIK once installed, it has windows imaging system manager included with it, and you can also install MDT from WAIK.
so it 's free and those tools integrate with WDS

All free.

SCCM 2012 is a separate license.
James HaywoodCommented:
WDS will install either a fresh or customised image. It does very basic driver installs and does not install applications or patches.

MDT builds on WDS by utilizing the WDS pxe boot mechanism but allows you to create Task Sequences. Task Sequences are fully customisable and allow you to install an OS, Drivers, Applications and patches. It also allows scripts to be run at intervals if necessary.

The Automated Installation Kit (AIK) is installed as part of MDT or can be installed standalone. This provides tools to allow you to customise your images deployments (mounting offline images, injecting drivers, creating answer files etc).

Personally I always use MDT as you have a huge amount of flexibility but can only use the most basic components if you wish.

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