Is the Windows Image (WIM) format used by the Microsoft Systems Management Server (SMS) OS Deployment Feature Pack the final version that Windows Vista will use?

A. No, the WIM format that the SMS OS Deployment Feature Pack uses can be thought of as version 0.9 of the WIM format, whereas Vista will ship with version 1 of the format. SMS 4.0 will fully support the Vista WIM format (1.0) and potentially an update will be made available to make SMS 2003 Vista WIM format compatible. The new Vista deployment tools (e.g., Ximage) will work only with version 1 WIM files and not files created with the SMS Deployment Feature Pack.

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