Deploying Windows 7 Using WDS and USMT

This course is included in our On-demand training solution.


Microsoft offers many deployment tools for deploying Windows 7 throughout entire networks. Deciding which tool to use depends on many factors, including network configuration, cost, and down-time. Windows Deployment Services, one of the tools available, can be used to install Windows 7 directly over the network, without using the installation media directly at each client machine. When deploying Windows 7 throughout the network, administrators need to consider how they will preserve the user files and settings on each client computer. Microsoft offers user state migration tools that enable the administrator to store the user data in a specified location until Windows 7 is deployed, when that user data can be restored. This course demonstrates how to deploy Windows 7 over the network using Windows Deployment Services. It also demonstrates how to use Windows Easy Transfer and the User State Migration Tool to migrate user state data and then restore it after Windows 7 is deployed. This course is one of a series in the SkillSoft learning path that covers the objectives for the Microsoft exam: 70-686. Pro: Windows 7, Enterprise Desktop Administrator. Passing this exam will earn the learner Microsoft Certified IT Professional: Windows 7, Enterprise Desktop Administrator certification.

Target Audience

Individuals undertaking high level Windows desktop administration certification, and possibly Windows Server Enterprise Support certification. The customer base will also include companies using Microsoft Windows desktop and server systems that need their IT staff certified to a high level.


individuals should have at least 3 years experience installing, configuring, and administering clients in a Windows networked environment; Familiarity with client administration in Windows Server; Experience with deployment of operating systems and applications; Familiarity with Windows Server management tools such System Center suite.

Expected Duration

120 min.

Course Objectives

Use WDS to Deploy Windows 7

  • prepare WDS for deploying images
  • Create Images and Unattended Installations Using WDS

  • create custom images using WDS
  • perform an unattended installation using WDS
  • Using WDS to Create Images

    Migrate Settings to Windows 7 Using WET

  • transfer files and settings using Windows Easy Transfer
  • Plan User State Migration to Windows 7 Using USMT

  • recognize considerations when planning user state migration
  • Migrate User State Data Using USMT

  • use ScanState to save user state data
  • use LoadState to restore user data from the data store
  • Migrating User Data to Windows 7