Operating System Deployment (OSD) provides the Configuration Manager 2007 administrator with a tool for creating images that can be deployed to computers managed by Configuration Manager 2007, and to unmanaged computers using bootable media such as CD or DVD. The image, a Windows Image (WIM) format file, contains the desired version of a Microsoft Windows operating system and can also include any line-of-business applications that need to be installed on the computer. Operating System Deployment provides the following functionality:
- Image capture
- User state migration using the User State
- Image deployment
- Task sequences
Disconnected and Remote Deployment
You can deploy Windows via CD set or DVD with or without network connectivity. Windows PE, boot image, and applications can all be stored on removable media.
Advanced Task Sequencing
OSD offers a new task sequence editor with many built-in features that provide flexible operating system deployment options both with operating system deployments and for use with performing other related tasks.