I just deployed an 8GB image to four HP/Compaq 6510b laptops.
Amazingly, the image write over the LAN to all four machines took under 8 minutes!!! This was significantly faster than 20 minutes with earlier attempts. The specs of the setup are as follows:
- 1 Cisco Catalyst 3560G 24 port gigabit network switch
- 1 HP / Compaq 8000 Elite Ultra-Lite workstation
- Intel Core 2 Duo @ 3.00 GHZ
- 3.46 GB RAM
- 1GB onboard NIC
- Hitachi Travelstar Hard Drive (HTS725025a98a364) 2.5″ SFF SATA Hard Drive, 250GB, 7200RPM, 16MB Buffer
- 4 HP / Compaq 6510b laptops
- Windows XP Service Pack 3 (x86)
- Microsoft Deployment Workbench Version 5.1.1642.01
- Windows Automated Installation Kit 6.1.7600.16385
- 8GB Windows XP SP3 Image, originally ported from a Ghost capture.
Nonetheless, I think the major speed improvement came from using the enterprise-grade Cisco Catalyst 3560G switch.
I used WinPE and the WAIK to convert the orginal Ghost Image to ImageX and easily added the image file to the Operating Systems node of the Deployment Workbench. I configured the Task Sequence with the defaults of deploying an operating system, but excluded the state capture, windows Update (Pre/Post-Application Installation) as well as Capture Image. Placing the boot media on a USB proved nothing but efficient.
Being very pleased with these results, I will investigate more complicated deployments, as well as scripting unattended post-sysprep operations.