Windows 7 SOE Design Outline

I’ve been working on a Windows 7 SOE for ASG for a couple of months now.  One of the things driving how the SOE is structured is to address issues with the old Windows XP SOE.  The XP SOE used what I call a “monolithic” process, by using a captured reference image that included all the SOE applications.  This is similar to how Ghost works and I don’t really like it as it doesn’t offer flexibility.  The Windows 7 SOE will use a modular approach where the task seequence will have several discreet tasks:

  • OS Deployment
  • SOE Application Deployment
  • Driver Installation

The rationale behind this is, should the need arise, these individual modules can be updated independently without having  an effect on other modules.

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