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Confused on WDS, MDT and WAIK

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I am studying for the 70-413 exam and a bit confused on when or under what situations when you would use WDS, MDT or WAIK over the others.

I understand that SCCM can do anything regarding deployments and is for zero touch. But is  WDS required to be installed in order to use MDT or WAIK?
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Dear friend Compdigit44,
You don't need install them all. Those three are usually used for deployment.

QUOTE from:  http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/mdt/thread/5731ae3f-1802-4922-9a4f-87e48b2c2f8b/

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.

You can choose the one for your own purpose.

And WAIK step-by-step guide is here:  http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd349348(WS.10).aspx

Hope it helps.
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OK... do I have this correct...

WDS is a stand-alone "OS Only" imaging process

MDT is a imaging process that does not use WDS and can image OS with custom apps inside correct.

SCCM - can be used for zero touch and everything else.
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Yes you are correct..
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