Our group, which has in the past worked almost exclusively with Linux systems (and some Solaris), is taking on some responsibility for Windows workstation deployments (primarily in lab environments). I've been looking at some of the available tools for Windows deployment, and they all have great marketing material -- but I'm not sure where to find a good comparison of the various solutions.
Aspects that are particularly important include:
- The ability to operate without a local Active Directory domain. There is one, but we don't manage it, and our lab environments tend to be standalone in any case.
- The ability to deploy an image onto systems with different hardware.
- The ability to run from a PXE boot environment.
What are other people using? Have you used more than one product? What made you select whatever you're using now?
Thanks for your input.