So my company will be getting LDMS v9 soon and we will be using it for pushing OS images to systems. Im pretty new to the whole Landesk part of this and was wondering if someone could tell me what the big difference is between Provisioning and OSD and if one is prefered over the other.
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It depends on what your asking. If you are looking for a comparison between capturing/deploying images vs a scripted OS install, its a matter of opinion. I have tested both and my personal opinion would be images. There is no guarantee that 2 machines will be 100% configured the same in a scripted OS install.
If you are looking for a comparison between how LANDesk performs these tasks vs other companies, I just finished testing LANDesks processes and it worked pretty well. If you had nothing in place, LANDesk is definately a great place to start.
Thanks Jmac -- makes sense. One more question. Do you need a 3rd party imaging software to create the OS image or will LanDesk do it for you?
Just the WAIK from Microsoft (which is free). If you were using other imaging solutions, a variety are supported by LANDesk.
LANDesk comes with an awesome imaging utility.
Re-branded Terabyte Unlimted - Image for Windows
We use it and replaced Ghost with it.
and next great thing is LANDesk supports pretty much any type of imaging utility you are not restricted...which was a plus for us
Both of these are a pretty good place to start depending on whether you intend to deploy a scripted OS install or capture/deploy images.