This topic describes the external and internal prerequisites or dependencies that are required for Configuration Manager 2007 operating system deployment.

Dependencies External to Configuration Manager 2007

The following table provides information about operating system deployment dependencies that are external to Configuration Manager 2007.

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User State Migration Tool (USMT)

To capture and restore the user state as part of your operating system deployment, you will need the USMT. Configuration Manager 2007, Configuration Manager 2007 SP1, and Configuration Manager 2007 R2 use USMT 3.1. Configuration Manager 2007 SP2 uses USMT 4 that is distributed in WAIK 2.0. For a list of scenarios for USMT 4.0, see

You can download the USMT from the Microsoft Download Center at

For help with state migration, you can find additional scripts from the Microsoft Business Desktop Deployment Web site at

Windows PE

Windows PE is a Windows operating system with limited services, built on the Windows Vista operating system platform. Windows PE is the boot image used with operating system deployment and is used only during the pre-installation and deployment of Windows operating systems.

  • Configuration Manager 2007 requires Windows PE 2.0.

  • Configuration Manager 2007 SP1 requires Windows PE 2.1.

  • Configuration Manager 2007 SP2 requires Windows PE 3.0.

If the default boot images in Configuration Manager 2007 have been customized, you should back them up before installing Configuration Manager 2007 SP2. The default boot images will be overwritten during Configuration Manager 2007 SP2 installation.

Windows Automated Installation Kit (WAIK)

The version of WAIK required depends on the version of Configuration Manager 2007, as follows:

  • Configuration Manager 2007 requires WAIK version 1.0.

  • Configuration Manager 2007 SP1 and Configuration Manager 2007 R2 require WAIK version 1.1 from Windows Vista with SP1 or Windows Server 2008.

  • Configuration Manager 2007 SP2 requires WAIK version 2.0 from Windows 7. WAIK 2.0 includes User State Migration Tool (USMT) 4.0 and Windows PE 3.0. . For more information about WAIK for Windows 7, see

    Previous versions of WAIK must be uninstalled from the SMS Provider computer and the computer must be restarted before upgrading to Configuration Manager 2007 SP2. WAIK 2.0 will be installed when the site is upgraded to SP2. When troubleshooting operating system deployment for Configuration Manager 2007 SP2, confirm that the correct WAIK version, USMT version, and updated boot images are available.

Configuration Manager 2007 Dependencies

The following table provides information about Configuration Manager 2007 operating system deployment prerequisites.

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Supported operating systems and hard disk configurations

For more information about the operating system versions and hard disk configurations supported by Configuration Manager 2007 operating system deployment, see Supported Operating Systems and Hard Disk Configurations for Operating System Deployment.

Deploying an operating system image

Depending on the method you plan to use to deploy operating system images, there are several dependencies that must be considered. For more information about these dependencies, see Determine Your Operating System Deployment Method.

Driver Catalog

Deploying a device driver requires that the device driver has been imported, enabled, and is available on a distribution point accessible to the Configuration Manager 2007 client. For more information about the driver catalog, see How to Manage the Driver Catalog.

Configuration Manager 2007 Site Systems

There are new Configuration Manager 2007 site system roles for use with operating system deployment. For more information about the new site system roles, see the following topics:

Certificates for native mode

If the site is configured for native mode, you might need the following public key infrastructure (PKI) certificates for an operating system deployment:

  • Web server certificate and client certificate for the state migration point.

  • Client certificates that are imported for the PXE service point and boot media image.

  • Root certification authority certificates that are configured as a site property.

For more information about the PKI certificate requirements, see the "Operating System Deployment Feature" section in Certificate Requirements for Native Mode.

For more information about how native mode certificates are used with operating system deployment, see About Native Mode Certificates and Operating System Deployment.

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