I have spoken about the new Pre execution enviroment (2.0) that will be available when Windows Vista Releases and this weeks download pick it eh Windows Automated Installation Toolkit which allows you to create a Vista PE Environment. You'll need the toolkit, a Windows Vista DVD (just released in Technet plus if you get it) , a Technician Computer, Master computer, a Floppy/USB stick and a blank CD/R disk to do this. (obviously your machine will also need at least a CDR burner.
In Mark Minasi's latest newsletter in the Tech section portion at http://www.minasi.com/newsletters/nws0701.htm Rhonda Layfield has wrote an excellent article on how to make a PE boot disk. This is a must read and print out and save article for any tech!
The article does not include the link to the WAIK but here it is:
Microsoft also has a page set up for Vista downloads with many other items of interest at:
One in particular that people should be looking at is the Windows Vista Upgrade Advisor. This utility tells you what you need to do to get your computer ready for Vista. I can save people a lot of time... don't even bother unless your workstation has at least 512 MB of memory. http://www.microsoft.com/windowsvista/getready/upgradeadvisor/default.mspx