The OEM preload process is divided into three phases:
· Phase 1. Create a media-based image of the reference computer to be applied in the staging environment.
· Phase 2. Apply the reference computer image to the target computer in a staging environment.
· Phase 3. Complete deployment of the target computer in the production environment.
Phase 1 and Phase 3 are typically performed by the deployment organization. Depending on the use of the OEM preload process in the organization, Phase 2 may be performed by the organization or by the computer hardware vendor that supplies the computers. If the organization performs Phase 2, then the staging environment is within the organization. If an OEM performs Phase 2, then the staging environment is in the OEM’s environment.