Tuesday, 14 October 2008

SBS 2008 - OEM Preinstallation Kit Available

Susan gave the heads-up: Windows SBS 2008 OPK and User's Guide Now Available.

You must be registered on the Microsoft OEM site in order to get to the content.

The OPK download is a .img file running 1.4GB. You can rename that extension to .iso to burn the DVD. We use the freeware product CDBurnerXP.

Customize SBS 2008 and install via 3 methods

While the SBS Answer File can provide a simple installation structure for smaller shops, Windows Deployment Services and a large data store will be the way to go for larger shops that need to customize the images based on what is installed or not on SBS 2008.

For similar server hardware setups, WDS gives us the ability to do a lot of the post OS installation tasks prior to creating the image.

The new WIM image format for Windows Vista, Server 2008, and now SBS 2008 gives us huge flexibility in the image delivery methodology, image customization, and image updating.

Philip Elder
Microsoft Small Business Specialists

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