It is difficult to talk about deployment without saying the word WAIK. This tool allows us to use tools such as Imagex but above all allows us to create a custom WinPE image.
With Windows 8, Windows AIK becomes Windows ADK. It will encompass a multitude of tools :
Deployment tools : DISM (Wim file modification), USMT (profile and user data migration), Imagex (image capture/deployment, mount/unmount wim file),…
Assessment Toolkit : New tool dedicated to the study of performance on a workstation (allows to observe the behaviour of workstations)
Windows Performance Toolkit : Tool used for the support, it will allow a rather nice observation of the workstations (process, % of use,…)
For the time being, only MSDN subscribers can download Windows ADK, keen to make it available to others so that they can start testing a promising tool.