We are expecting hundreds of people registering their laptops for the load fest and like any other Windows deployment scenario that would require to install hundreds of machine in a single day, we have chosen to use Windows Deployment Service or WDS. Its a built in Server Role in Windows Server 2008 that enables us to boot from network and install Windows OS thru it. Fortunately for PHIWUG that there is a WDS or else we would need a lot of DVD drives next week 😀
So checkout WDS in TechNet here: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc771670(WS.10).aspx
For the event we will be using 2 superfast HP machines that runs Windows Server 2008 R2!
While waiting for the DCPromo and the WDS Role to complete there are some activity going on at the side, like me thinking about what if my boss allowed me to install or format his laptop to Windows 7 RC? Keen yes keen, we are using HP!
Chris Misola is being a geek again and showing us his prototype of surface which he intend to demo the multitouch feature of Windows 7.
Good luck on the event guys!