You’ll need these three items to complete your evaluation

1. SmartDeploy

Download and install SmartDeploy on your IT workstation to try SmartDeploy free for 15 days. Upon purchase you’ll pick up right where you left off.

2. Virtualization Software

You will use a virtual machine (VM) to create your golden reference computer. We support Microsoft, Oracle and VMware products.

Here’s a free option that works well with SmartDeploy: Oracle VM VirtualBox

3. Windows Media

You’ll need your Windows media (and any other application media you like, such as Microsoft Office) to create your new golden reference computer.

If you don’t have your Windows media, use the Windows media creation tool.


Everything you need to complete your SmartDeploy evaluation

Setup Your IT Workstation
Gather these three items to complete your evaluation
Active time: 5 minutes
Inactive time: up to 60 minutes

  • Install SmartDeploy by running the .exe file you just downloaded
  • SmartDeploy requires Windows ADK and Silverlight. If you do not already have these, SmartDeploy will guide you through the installation process.
  • While you’re installing SmartDeploy you can gather:

1. Build Reference VM
Create a virtual reference machine with the target OS and apps
Active time: 30 minutes
Inactive time: —

  • Launch the Build Wizard to create your golden Virtual Machine
  • If your virtualization software is not listed in the Build Wizard, you can build the VM manually
  • For testing purposes, we recommend starting with just Windows OS
  • You do not need to Sysprep your reference machine, SmartDeploy runs Sysprep automatically at deployment time

2. Capture Image
Create an image of the reference machine
Active time: 2 minutes
Inactive time: 10 minutes

  • Launch the Capture Wizard to create an image from the VM you
    created in Step 1
  • SmartDeploy creates a .WIM file, Microsoft’s standard format

3. Platform Packs
Acquire a driver package for your target device
Active time: 5 minutes
Inactive time: 5 minutes

  • SmartDeploy architecture allows you to manage your image (software) and hardware (drivers) separately
  • Download pre-built Platform Packs and save them to the specified folder
  • SmartDeploy uses WMI queries to deploy only drivers specific to each hardware make, model, and OS version

4. Answer File
Create an answer file to automate deployment
Active time: 5 minutes
Inactive time: —

  • Launch the Answer File Wizard to create an answer file
  • Include the SmartDeploy Client in your answer file
  • Mark it for unattended installation for Network Deployment with SmartDeploy


NEW! Try zero-touch remote computer imaging over your network.

5. Boot Media
Create boot or deployment media
Active time: 5 minutes
Inactive time: —

  • Launch the Media Wizard to create boot or offline deployment media
  • SmartDeploy leverages WDS for PXE boot


NEW! Try zero-touch remote computer imaging over your network.

Learn more about SmartDeploy and WDS

6. Deploy Image
Deploy your image to your target device
Active time: 5 minutes
Inactive time: 10-15 minutes

  • Advanced options include setting default Windows settings, computer naming, and custom scripts
  • Deploy Wizard can automatically join the computer to a domain
  • Automatically creates an answer file for future light-touch or unattended deployments
  • Sysprep runs automatically during deployment

Technical, product, or pricing questions? We’re here to help.