About SmartDeploy

SmartDeploy is computer imaging software for deploying Windows operating systems and applications. IT professionals choose SmartDeploy to simplify the customization, deployment, and management of operating systems, applications, and data across any Windows device. It's easy to use, requiring little to no training, and it eliminates unnecessary IT infrastructure and costs, allowing you to invest resources elsewhere to advance your IT strategy and make work more enjoyable.

We are a privately owned, self-funded business dedicated to providing world-class solutions to IT implementers in small, midsize, and enterprise organizations all over the world. SmartDeploy is a low-cost, high-value solution for everyday use designed to simplify and reduce the workload for IT departments.

You can use SmartDeploy in several scenarios, the most common being provisioning new and existing devices with Windows and Windows applications. You can also use SmartDeploy for migration projects; you can migrate the user’s data as well as the OS and applications. You can use SmartDeploy on premises or leverage third-party cloud storage providers for imaging over the internet. This work can all be done attended or zero-touch, making it ideal for break-fix scenarios as well.

Setting up SmartDeploy is simple and fits easily into existing infrastructure. To get started, you’ll need an IT workstation to install SmartDeploy on; this can be a desktop, laptop, or server. You’ll need some virtualization software—many versions are inexpensive or free. You'll need to build a golden reference computer, so you’ll need your Windows OS installation media and any other line-of-business software installation packages. Lastly, you’ll need some target devices that you want to reimage with SmartDeploy.

With SmartDeploy, you build your golden reference computer with the Windows version and applications necessary for a specific department or lab, and SmartDeploy will create a single, hardware-independent image of that software. You download prebuilt device driver packages from SmartDeploy, called Platform Packs, for your standard business class devices. There are several options for doing the actual deployment, and you can create various types of boot media to do so.

There are many options and customizable settings for deployment that can be performed zero-touch, unattended, or light-touch, as desired. During most deployments, SmartDeploy reformats the hard disk, runs any custom scripts that you designate, performs a data migration if you want, runs Sysprep automatically, automatically names the device, joins the domain, and installs all the correct drivers using its patented boot-time driver injection process. After a couple of restarts, the device is ready for the user.

Deployment time varies from approximately 10 to 60 minutes and depends on a number of factors including the overall size of the image, how the deployment is performed, and how performant the target device is.

 

This knowledge base contains articles that explain, in detail, how to use all the features and functions of SmartDeploy. If you have questions, we’re here to help; call 888-7DEPLOY or email sales@smartdeploy.com.




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