You can now download Deployment 4 Beta 3, the next version of BDD 2007, at Microsoft Connect. You will need this invitation ID: BDDP-QMYH-VWTH. Deployment 4 is a must-have tool for Windows Vista/XP and Windows Server deployment. The new version has a couple of interesting new features.
- If an EC2 Reserved Instance is not applied or used - Thu, Jan 20 2022
- Midnight Commander remote connect via Shell link (copy files over SSH) and SFTP link using FISH and public key authentication - Mon, Jan 17 2022
- Root login via SSH and SFTP on EC2 instances running Linux - Wed, Jan 12 2022
Deployment 4 tightly integrates with Configuration Manager 2007, the successor of SMS 2003. This improves Microsoft's systems management solution. It always was one of the drawbacks of SMS that it didn't support OS deployment. The OS deployment feature pack for SMS 2003 was the first major step in this direction. Now, with the integration of Configuration Manager and Deployment 4, Microsoft finally offers a complete OS deployment solution.
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There are some more new features. Please check out Richard Smith's blog post for more details. I just had a quick look at it. The user interface looks pretty much like the old one.