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Pop Quiz: High-Volume Deployment in Windows 7

Applies to the "Designing a Windows 7 Client Deployment" objective of Exam 70-686: Windows 7, Enterprise Desktop Administrator.

Q: A company's Windows 7 deployment team needs to make a list of required server roles for an upcoming mass deployment of Windows 7. The team has reviewed all the possible paths and decided to use a lite-touch, high-volume strategy. Which server roles are required for a lite-touch, high-volume deployment of Windows 7? (Choose all that apply.)

  1. Database/File
  2. SCCM
  3. WDS
  4. Active Directory

Answer and explanation is below.

Answer is A, B, D: A lite-touch, high-volume deployment of Windows 7 requires the server roles, database, file, Windows Deployment Services (WDS), and Active Directory. A zero-touch deployment could be used if System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) was available, but it is not required for a lite-touch method.

Quick Tip: Lite-touch, high-volume deployment uses the tools included with the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) for image design, user migration, script sequencing, and customized WinPE files. WDS is used as the network delivery method of the deployment.


Bonus Question: Which tools does Microsoft provide that allow administrators to customize application deployment packages? (Tweet your answer with #pop686d and get a chance to win a rare baseball cap! Deadline for entries is Wednesday, Jan. 3.)

Answer to bonus question from last time: Microsoft provides these tools that allow administrators to migrate user profiles; Windows Easy Transfer (WET) and User State Migration Tool (USMT).

About the Author

Andy Barkl, MCT/MCITP/MCSA, A+, Network+, Security+, CCNA has been studying technology for 30 years. Of the last 15 years, he has spent much of his time parting the knowledge and experience he has gained through IT exams, over 300, to help others be prepared and successful. He teaches classes in Phoenix, Ariz. where he has lived most of his life. He can be reached by e-mail at

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Sun, Dec 23, 2012 Andy Barkl Phoenix, AZ

The correct answers are ACD. I blame the error on the copy editor (AKA the author). Sorry for the confusion.

Wed, Dec 19, 2012 Max

Exactly. That's why I'm skeptical regarding all these homegrown Q/A - you know the right answer and then it gets marked wrong contrary to the explanation provided by the author himself. Next stage is you start doubting those that are marked correct and the whole thing loses your trust completely.

Wed, Dec 19, 2012 Tom P Florida

Agree with the two comments - With the case you described the answer should be ACD

Wed, Dec 19, 2012 Webster

According to your explanation, the answers should be A, C and D.

Tue, Dec 18, 2012 RJ

In that case I think the answer would be A, C, D. B is SCCM.

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