Microsoft Solution Accelerator for
Business Desktop Deployment 2007
Standard Edition Beta 1
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Microsoft Solution Accelerator for Business Desktop Deployment 2007?
The Microsoft® Solution Accelerator for Business Desktop Deployment (BDD) provides the guidance and tools
required to efficiently manage the deployment of Microsoft Windows Vista™ and Microsoft Office Professional Edition
2007. BDD 2007 will consist of two primary solutions: BDD 2007 Standard Edition and BDD 2007 Enterprise Edition.
Both are part of the Microsoft Solutions for Management suite of solution accelerator offerings. They utilize the robust
deployment tools in Microsoft Windows Vista,, combined with real-world experience and guidance, to create an end-
to-end solution for migrating and deploying desktops. The BDD 2007 Beta 1 is available on Microsoft Connect
(http://connect..microsoft.com) as an open beta to partners and customers and enables acceleration and cost
reduction associated with deployment projects. The release versions of BDD 2007 will be available to coincide with the
release of Microsoft Windows Vista on the Microsoft Download Center (http://www.microsoft.com/downloads).
What are the key BDD Messages?
1. Microsoft is committed to eliminating hurdles and reducing the costs customers experience with desktop
deployment, application compatibility, and desktop life cycle management. New deployment tools and resources
have enabled partners and customers to deploy Windows XP and Office 2003 for under $100 (on average) per
desktop, a savings of up to $250 per desktop.
2. The next generation of the Solution Accelerator for Business Desktop Deployment provides an end-to-end
solution for the efficient planning, building, and deploying of Windows Vista and Office 2007. The Enterprise
Edition of the BDD solution accelerator will offer Zero Touch deployment using Microsoft Systems Management
Server 2003 Operating System Deployment Feature Pack Update, thereby eliminating the need for a technician to
be on-site to deploy the desktop.
3. A suite of new and enhanced deployment tools is now available in the Windows Vista operating system that
enables businesses to deploy Windows Vista and Office 2007 desktops more easily than ever, resulting in reduced
4. Windows Vista offers businesses the most secure Windows platform with stronger default security settings,
increased manageability and control, and improved and more secure experiences.
What is the difference between BDD 2007 Standard Edition and BDD 2007 Enterprise Edition?
The BDD 2007 Standard Edition has been updated from previous BDD Standard Edition releases. As with previous
releases, it requires a minimum set of tools and assumes that the environment does not have systems management
utilities, directory services, or deployment servers in place. The BDD Enterprise Edition, on the other hand, is a highly
automated zero touch solution that requires a Microsoft Systems Management Server (SMS) 2003 and Microsoft
Active Directory® environment for deployment. BDD 2007 Standard Edition has been updated to use most of the
same tools and procedures as found in the coming BDD 2007 Enterprise Edition. The unified architecture makes it
easier to implement both Enterprise and Standard Editions, depending on the breadth of tools available in the
What does BDD 2007 Standard Edition Beta 1 include?
BDD 2007 Standard Edition Beta 1 provides the assets required to deliver Windows Vista and Office 2007 to the
BDD Explorer graphical user interface
Getting Started: UI Overview
BDD Standard Edition Readme
Included Tools and Related Guidance
• Microsoft Application Compatibility Toolkit 5.0
• Microsoft User State Migration Tool 3.0
• Microsoft Windows Enterprise Learning Framework User Kit
• Windows Automated Installation Kit (WAIK) User's Guide for Windows Vista
• Microsoft Windows Preinstallation Environment 2.0
• Standalone task sequencer derived from System Center Configuration Manager 2007
Technical Solution Guidance
Getting Started Guide
Plan, Build, and Deploy Guide
Application Compatibility Remediation Feature Team Guide
Core Application Packaging Feature Team Guide
Supplemental Application Packaging Feature Team Guide
Infrastructure Remediation Feature Team Guide
Security Feature Team Guide
User State Migration Feature Team Guide
Imaging System Feature Team Guide
Deployment Feature Team Guide
Operations Feature Team Guide
Plan, Build and Deploy Guide for Office Upgrades
Office Upgrade Feature Team Guide
Sample and Job Aid Documents
Sample BDD Project Plan, featuring a fictitious company archetype named Trey Engineering
Trey Site Deployment Project Plan
Test Feature Team Guide
Trey Upper MORG IT Archetype
Trey Functional Specification
Trey Migration Plan
Trey Pilot Plan
Trey Risk Template Tool
Trey Test Plan
Trey Test Specification
Test Cases Workbook
Trey Training Plan
Trey Vision Scope
Trey Business Case Document
Trey Business Case Presentation
Trey Client Build Requirements
Application Knowledge Sheet
Trey Communications Plan
Trey Network and Workstation Hardware Upgrades List
Current State Assessment Template
The 20 Commandments of Software Packaging
Macrovision Application Preparation Roadmap
MSI Repackaging and Customization Best Practices Guide
Office Upgrade Assessment Template
Office Upgrade Budget Plan
Office Upgrade Communications Plan
Office Upgrade Configuration Plan
Office Upgrade Current State Assessment Template
Office Upgrade Distribution Plan
Office Upgrade File Migration Plan
Office Upgrade Functional Specification
Office Upgrade Hardware Upgrades List
Office Upgrade Inventory Template
Office Upgrade Management Plan
Office Upgrade Pilot Plan
Office Upgrade Project Plan
Office Upgrade Risk Template Tool
Office Upgrade Test Plan
Office Upgrade Training Plan
Office Upgrade Vision Plan
Which organizations will benefit from BDD 2007 Standard Edition Beta 1?
The Solution Accelerator for BDD 2007 offers a solution targeted to all corporate customers who have 250 or more
networked PCs using the Microsoft desktop and who need a high level of operational excellence and scalability. The
BDD 2007 Standard Edition Beta 1 is especially useful for organizations with varied network and systems management
infrastructure to begin assessing Windows Vista and Office 2007 deployment using beta releases of both products.
Which operating system migrations does the BDD 2007 provide guidance for?
BDD 2007 can be used to manage migrations of Windows 2000 and later operating systems to Windows Vista. The
release version of BDD 2007 will also provide functionality for migrating Windows 2000 to Windows XP with Service
How does the workflow process ensure smooth deployment?
The BDD process is based on Microsoft Solutions Framework (MSF) version 3.0. MSF delivers proven practices for
planning, building, and deploying a variety of technology solutions. It combines aspects of software design and
development plus infrastructure design and deployment into a single project life cycle. With MSF, organizations can
achieve the right balance of flexibility while meeting their commitments, as well as achieve speed while minimizing
Does BDD 2007 make it easier for implementers to get to technical content?
BDD 2007 has been fundamentally updated to split feature team guides into two sections: guidance for project
management and guidance for feature team technical implementers.
How does BDD 2007 address the biggest obstacles in deployment?
Microsoft conducted extensive research to prioritize the top “deployment blockers” that prevent efficient migration
and designed BDD to address these:
Office documentation migration
User state migration
Automation of deployment
Which technologies are being applied in BDD?
The BDD 2007 Standard Edition is based on deployment tools from Microsoft, as well as custom scripts.
Hardware and software Inventory— Application Compatibility Analyzer,
Microsoft SQL Server™\Microsoft SQL Server™ 2000 Desktop Engine,
Microsoft Office Access
Application Compatibility Testing and Remediation—Application
Compatibility Toolkit 5.0, Microsoft Virtual PC 2004
Core Application Packaging—Office Professional Edition 2007, the Microsoft
Office Resource Kit
Imaging—ImageX, System Image Manager, Microsoft Windows
Preinstallation Environment 2.0 (Windows PE 2.0), Sysprep
Project Management—Microsoft Project 2003
Application Packaging— Customer choice
User Data and Settings—User State Migration Tool 3.0
Deployment Process—Windows PE 2.0, Sysprep, Windows Deployment
Services, BDD 2007 Deployment Wizard
Are there technology constraints to BDD 2007?
By design, there are very few. With the BDD Standard Edition, Microsoft does not assume that any network
management system or specific deployment servers already exist within the organization.
Will users lose all data and settings that they currently have on their computers?
No. BDD 2007 provides detailed, best-practice guidance about user state migration and employs the User State
Migration Tool 3.0 to migrate the desired settings and attributes to the new desktop.
Does BDD 2007 Standard Edition Beta 1 support deployment of Windows XP Professional with
Service Pack 2?
No. This Beta release only supports deployment of the Windows Vista operating system. BDD 2007 Standard and
Enterprise Editions will support deployment of Windows XP SP2 when it is released to the Microsoft Download Center.
How do I get Windows PE 2.0?
Windows PE 2.0 is available as part of the Windows Vista operating system (boot.wim). It is also available separately in
the Windows Automated Installation Kit (Windows AIK), which includes Windows PE for each platform (ia64, x64, x86)
and tools to customize it using Windows System Image Manager and Windows Deployment Services.
What tools are used in the BDD solutions for imaging?
The BDD 2007 Standard Edition uses the new BDDWorkbench, which is built on Windows Vista deployment tools
including: ImageX, System Image Manager, Windows PE 2.0, and Windows Deployment Services.
Does BDD 2007 address security for the business desktop?
BDD 2007 helps companies understand how security policies affect the design of desktop images and also discuss
strategies for hardening of the desktop. However, BDD is not intended to replace specific desktop security solutions.
Can BDD be tailored to fit a company’s specific project- management methodology?
Yes. MSF is a life-cycle model that addresses a number of disciplines, including project management, so good project-
management methodology can be used in conjunction with the solution. The solution can even be adapted to operate
within a different life-cycle methodology. Although the phases, tasks, and milestones are specific to MSF, the process
is generic. Any analyst with a basic knowledge of MSF and the target methodology should be able to adapt the
Solution Accelerators for BDD to fit into any project-management methodology.
Who should use BDD 2007 Beta 1, and how much does it cost?
BDD 2007 Beta 1 is freely available to customers and partners to use in their desktop migration projects for Windows
Vista and Office 2007. Microsoft has released the solution accelerator to Microsoft Connect as an open Beta program
Where can I find out more information about BDD 2007 and previous versions?