There are a number of things have changed in Windows Vista from XP, many that make corporate and enterprise deployment much easier. The Solution Accelerator for Business Desktop Deployment (aka BDD and BDD 2007 Beta 1) provides deployment guidance on Windows Vista and the 2007 Office system. As it says on the site, "with any advancement in technologies, getting the maximum benefit requires understanding the tools and technologies, some experimentation and absorption time along with best practices on deployment."

Of particular interest to me is Microsoft Windows Preinstallation Environment (Windows PE) 2.0 - the new version of WinPE for Vista. From the page, Windows PE 2.0 is "designed to make large-scale, customized deployments of the new Windows Vista operating system notably easier. When Windows Vista launches, Windows PE 2.0 will be available to all Windows Vista corporate customers". 

So, how do you get the BDD 2007 Beta?

A pre-release version of BDD 2007 is currently available. Here's the info from the the BDD site...

"Go to Connect.microsoft.com to get the BDD 2007 Beta 1 release. Just go to "My Participation" and sign in with your Passport ID. Once you are signed in, click on the link to available connections. Scroll down the page until you see the Business Desktop Deployment 2007 Beta link and click "Apply".

"This download will include all the deployment tools you’ll need. To provide guidance and simplify deployments, BDD uses an integrated deployment workbench, built on top of innovative deployment tools such as ImageX, System Image Manager, Windows PE 2.0 and Windows Deployment Services. Find out more about these deployment technologies."