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I wanted to get a note out to you about our recent efforts at integrating OEM specific deployment customizations into the powerful OS Deployment features in ConfigMgr.  The OEM Deployment Packs provide the ability to extend the capabilities within the OS Deployment feature, namely the Task Sequencer, to support specific hardware elements of some industry leading server manufacturers.  Built on the ConfigMgr SDK, these are extremely powerful extensions for your server builds to incorporate.  Below is a summary of each of the currently released versions, with a link to their downloads.

The Dell Deployment Pack (DDP) is an easy-to-use graphical user interface (GUI)-based tool that integrates directly into the Microsoft® System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) 2007 (ConfigMgr) console. It eliminates the need for command-line tools and scripts normally used in the Dell™ OpenMange™ Deployment Toolkit (DTK) software. To configure and deploy your Dell systems, you need to select configuration options and commands on the GUI using drop-down lists and check boxes (see “Using The Dell Deployment Pack”). These selections make your system deployment an easy, automated task.  Download link

The Deployment Pack for HP is packaged into their ‘HP Insight Control suite for System Center’.  The HP Insight Control suite for Microsoft System Center (ICE-SC) includes HP Integration software to help you create the best run ProLiant server infrastructure in a Microsoft System Center ecosystem. Insight Control for System Center uses an integrated installer to deploy and configure the ICE-SC components with Microsoft System Center software quickly and accurately. Each wizard based installer allows you to predefine installation and configuration preferences, and then install each component in a single integrated process with minimal intervention.  Download link.

The IBM® Deployment Pack for Microsoft® System Center Configuration Manager 2007, v1.0 provides the ability for the Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2007 site server to deploy RAID configurations and operating system images on IBM servers. The product is commonly referred to as the IBM Deployment Pack, while Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2007 is commonly referred to as Configuration Manager.  Download Link.

The Sun Deployment Pack 1.0 for Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2007 provides a solution for quickly and easily authoring Sun hardware-specific task sequences for operating system deployment using Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2007. This pack seamlessly integrates a custom task sequence action into SCCM, which enables you to easily configure your Sun x64 server hardware as part of an overall operating system deployment.  Download link


Kind regards

JWSMALLJeff Wettlaufer
Sr. Technical Product Manager
System Center