Monday, April 25, 2011

AutoCAD 2012 via MDT 2010

Dear Autodesk,

I applaud your efforts to not only keep your products up to snuff, but the documentation that goes with it as well.  However, I think it's time to update the Network Adminisrator's Guide (NAG) for AutoCAD 2012 to address the section titled "Distribute the Product Using Imaging Software" 

As an IT consultant, I am seeing more and more customers shifting away from snapshot capture processes, like Symantec Ghost, towards sequenced deployment products like Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) and System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) Operating System Deployment (OSD).  SCCM OSD actually wraps around MDT and Windows Deployment Services (WDS) to automate both "Lite Touch" and "Zero Touch" client image deployments.  The nice thing is that customers have choices, and for the most part they are excellent choices.  MDT is completely free, while SCCM is not.  MDT can be used to install Autodesk products as well as those by other vendors.  The process with MDT is much less problematic with regards to applications than Ghost-type imaging techniques often is.

So please, if at all possible, add some content to describe the process for incorporating a network deployment into an MDT 2010 deployment process?

Thank  you!

Dave "your number one fan" Stein
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