If you have not yet looked at Windows Vista Deployment Enhancements, you can learn about the enhancements made around file-based, nondestructive imaging that uses the Windows® Imaging Format (WIM), Hardware Abstraction Layer (HAL) independence, and language neutrality in Windows Vista® and Windows 7 images.

Which tools are available to help with a Windows 7 deployment project?

The following are some of the pre-deployment and deployment tools that help you automate common project-related tasks:

Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit: This tool inventories hardware and devices.

Application Compatibility Toolkit (ACT) version 5.5:
This tool inventories applications, analyzes compatibility, and creates compatibility fixes for applications.

Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT):
This tool helps you create images and automate the OS and application installations, data migration, and desktop configuration process.

Microsoft System Center
: This is a family of products for large organizations that provides end-to-end deployment and management support.

A very useful read at Technet.