Best Deployment Tool for Windows 10 – AOMEI Image Deploy

Posted by @Teresa

September 21, 2017

Find the best method to deploy Windows 10 operating system (OS) image to similar and dissimilar computer via Windows 10/8/7 deployment tools step by step.

Why do you need Windows 10 deployment tools?

Windows 10 deployment toolkit, as its name suggests, refers to software that designed to deploy Windows 10 to other computers. That is, one can image Windows 10 OS to other machines regardless of same or different hardware equipped. Windows deploy tool generally will boot all target PCs from network which has to be set in BIOS. This also makes sense in deploying Windows 7, 8, or XP to other PCs, say deploy Windows 7 system image to different hardware.

Apparently, reinstalling OS and necessary applications on each computer is not a wise choice when one plans to re-image computers on a large scale, performing Windows 10 business deployment in particular. These computers that need to be deployed may be new computer (bare metal) or dead computer, so additional work added if you try traditional method. Therefore, Windows deployment and imaging tools will be fairly helpful when one need to accomplish a lot of deployments in a short amount of time.

Deployment tools for Windows 10: which is your best choice?

Currently, there are three Microsoft built-in deployment toolkits and several third-party tools specialized for large-scale deployment environment on the market. If you have come across different machine restore, you may have heard of these products slightly. They are the Windows Assessment and Deployment kit (Windows ADK), the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) and System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM).

Windows ADK

Windows ADK is a collection of tools including Windows Imaging and Configuration Designer, Windows Assessment Toolkit, Windows Performance Toolkit and a set of other deployment tools. These tools allow administrators to view image settings, policies, and add third-party drivers that they may need. The latter two tools are more likely used in new installation and automating deployments for desktop and Server operating systems. All operations in the three toolkits are image-based.

MDT

Mentioned Windows 10 OS deployment tools are powerful strategies yet they will be fully utilized only in the hands of IT professionals mostly. This results from their complex preparations and parameter settings.

SCCM

Fortunately, many third-party deployment software attempt to streamline Windows installation by replacing those complicated processes with easy-to-use interface and wizards. AOMEI Image Deploy (AID) is such Windows 10 deployment software that strives to make large-scale deployment of Windows efficient and flexible with its professional technologies. It is image deployment and network cloning software that supports deploying or restoring an image to multiple computers over network. This would save you time and effort by provisioning hundreds of PCs and Servers simultaneously.

AID has Free and Technician two editions and both of them support all Windows-based computers. AID Free has a limitation of up to 20 client/target computers and AID Technician has no such limitation. With AID Technician, you are allowed to preset client computer ID address and deploy same operating system to multiple dissimilar computers as long as they are in the same LAN. AID Technician supports deploy system image to computers with dissimilar hardware, while its Free only supports deploy image to computers with same hardware. Download to learn specific Windows 10 deployment guide. All the steps are similar with minor differences.

Deploy Windows 10 to multiple computers via AOMEI Image Deploy

1. Install AID to one of your PC that you will use it as a Server/Host computer later. Start AOMEI Image Deploy to create an ISO of your Windows 10 by choosing Create Windows PE automatically. The ISO image will be auto stored in installation directory. If you want to add third-party drivers to this ISO image, choose the next one Create bootable WinPE ISO manually.

AOMEI Image Deploy Free

2. Check Enable DHCP box based on your condition. Generally, there should have one and only one DHCP Server in deploying. If there is no DHCP server in your LAN, check this box. After entering the second interface, you will get a prompt says: “The service has started, waiting for connect…”

The service has started

3. Then it is time to start client computers. Please note that all client computers have to boot from network, meaning, you have to change boot priority of each client computer manually in BIOS.

Set boot order

4. After all client computers boot successfully, their statues in the display list in AOMEI Image Deploy will show up as “Client computers connected”. Then tick “I confirm all the client computers which need to be restored are online” option and click Next to continue.

Server Connection Status

5.a. Select backup images from network or NAS by clicking Browse.

   b. Select client computer that you will deploy from the display list.

c. Specify disk number in client computers, assume that there is more than one hard drive in client computer, the start disk number is 0, and the limitation is 256.

d. Now set how many computers you would like to restore at a time. For instance, if you set the value 3, AID will deploy three computers first, then deploy next three ones. This value can be set from 1 to 33. Given that all data are transferred via network, too many computers be deployed at a time may slow down the transferring speed. So it is better to set the value 5.

Specify image

6. Click Settings to set computer name and IP address. If there are different drivers in client computers, check Universal Restore to ensure success in Technician Edition. Make sure the IP addresses you set aren’t the in-used ones in the LAN.

Settings

7. Finally, click Start Deploy to execute the deployment. You have choices to decide whether shut down or restart client PCs after deployment. Now go grab a cup of coffee and wait the process to be completed.

Start Deploy

Deploy Process

Summary

Follow the Windows 10 deployment guide step by step, it is quite easy to accomplish those so-called difficult businesses. AOMEI Image Deploy do have clearer and simpler operation wizard among Windows 10 deployment tools. AID is useful in Windows update deployment, no matter which OS you would like to deploy. Download to learn more about multiple computers deployment.