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Documentation and logs for UVM OS and application distribution methodologies
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Distribution Terminology
 
Q1 - First quarter of the year (January, February, March)
Q2 - Second quarter of the year (April, May, June)
Q3 - Third quarter of the year (July, August, September)
Q4 - Fourth quarter of the year (October, November, December)
 
BTS - Back to School, referring to the third quarter (Q3) timeframe.
 
CAP - Computer Assistance Program, usually 100 systems designed for replacement of very old systems.  Preparation of this build is normally for Q1, and it includes Lotus Approach by default.  Applications for awards are taken during Q4.
 
WDS - Windows Deployment Services consists of a collection of programs, utilities, and server applications designed to assist in the deployment of Windows based operating systems including Windows XP and Windows Vista.  This architecture replaces the older RIS (Remote Installation Service) service.
 
SYSIMG1 and SYSIMG2 - These are Windows Server 2003 systems (both real hardware, not VMs) that provide the physical foundation for student and faculty distribution via the WDS server.
 
WinPE - This is essentially a stripped down version of Windows designed (and specifically crippled) to function as a boot environment only for the application of operating system images to machines and emergency repairs.  It is the modern equivalent of the boot diskette.  You can create customized versions to interact with the WDS server in three basic ways:  capturing system images (capture), deploying system images (discover), and deploying via a full, scripted build process (LiteTouch).  These versions can be run from CD, DVD, or USB Flash Disk (very fast!).
 
Lite Touch - As opposed to laying down a hardware specific image to a machine, this method effectively works the same as an installation from a CD/DVD would, followed by a scriped install of any software modified to do so.  By building these installers, populating the base OS install files with additional drivers, and then running this process from the WDS server, it is possible to build a complete system on virtually any hardware with no effort other than starting the process from a WinPE custom boot device or PXE network boot (if available).