Deploying Physical Servers - SCCM or WDM?

I am looking at ways to deploy mainly but not necessarily limited to physical servers. I know that WDM is one choice but that requires AD and DHCP. I have also heard that SCCM 2012 is another valid choice for deploying 2012 and 2008 windows servers. What are the advantages and disadvantages of WDM versus SCCM to deploy servers? A detailed answer as to which technology to use for this so that I can make an informed decision as to which one I am going to take hours or days to set up would be greatly appreciated.
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Cliff GaliherCommented:
I sect you mean WDS, not WDM. And the choice is simple. If you have bought system center and will be doing enough deployments that you want automation, use SCCM. Otherwise use WDS with MDT. SCCM builds on WDS and is better in every way. But you can usually only justify the cost of system center if you'll tap into it for other uses as well.
Nagendra Pratap SinghDesktop Applications SpecialistCommented:
SCCM also requires AD. ZTI etc need DHCP and more.

WDS is very old. At least use MDT (Free!!)
jimlock720Author Commented:
Hmmmm MDT? I just googled that and did not know it existed! Very nice tip and one I will look into. I agree WDS is ancient and would rather steer clear of it. I could probably justify SCCM to management since using it for deployment doesn't cost THAT much.  I will look more closely at both MDT and SCCM. Anyone know of a tutorial on MDT that I could look at?
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Cliff GaliherCommented:
WDS isn't ancient at all. It was brand new in 2008 and was built to scale well. It is as reliable today as it was when released, and all indications are that windows 10 will continue to use the WIM format native to WDS. There is a reason that even the latest version of SCCM (2012 R2) installs and configures WDS as a role for itself. WDS is so good that it is better and easier for SCCM to use it than for the SC team to write their own.

As far as MDT, great solution, but it shouldn't be thought of as used instead of WDS, but can be used in addition to WDS. WDS is the distribution mechanism while MDT is the engine for the various rules. And fan itself tie into SCCM to allow SCCM to leverage some of the deployment scripts in MDT.

So, as I said before, if  you can justify system center (in cost of product, training, installation, and server instance... which is cumulatively a greater cost than the SC license alone) then definitely use it. There is nothing about MDT or WDS alone that makes them better aside from cost and a bit of a learning curve.
Nagendra Pratap SinghDesktop Applications SpecialistCommented:
It is not ancient but it is harder to use. Everything else was brand new in 2008 and now it is 7 year old. WDS came with Windows 2003 or so.

Also yes, I am aware that MDT and WDS use .wim formats. But there are other files needed for after the OS is installed.

As for SCCM, SCCM is essentially a frontend. It uses WSUS, WDS, IIS from Windows.

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jimlock720Author Commented:
Thanks guys. I have my work cut out for me it seems.
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