What Are Deployment Services?
Deployment Services are software-based solutions that aid in the deployment and implementation of new applications or infrastructure. They may include hardware or software acquisition tuning, configuration, staging installation, as well as interoperability tests.
The benefits of app deployment include improved security, simplified management and more insight into user behaviour. App deployment also simplifies complex task that can be time-consuming and costly like software updates.
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Windows Deployment Service – Provides centralized, network-based deployment of the operating system to computers running bare metal. It is the successor to Remote Installation Services (RIS). WDS employs disk imaging to deploy virtually any operating system.
Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 or later uses the Windows Image Format (WIM) for example, to create images that can be used to install remotely. A Windows image is an environment that is pre-boot and boots the computer and allows it to install the operating system. The pre-boot environment can be customized and extended by the administrator to perform other tasks like installing additional drivers.
For WDS to function the environment needs to be configured in a way that it can connect to a local network www.deployeveryday.com/aws-events-knative. The environment must also have a Windows Deployment Services Server role installed on the server. This includes a DHCP server.
Microsoft provides a number of tools for WDS that can be used to manage the deployment server and build, capture and apply images, such as imagesx, dism and the wdsutil. These tools can be used on the same server as the WDS server or on a separate server. Imagex is a command-line tool that can create an entire WIM or deduplication structure. It can be utilized on the network share or mapped drive. The wdsutil utility can be used to manage WDS without graphical interface and to add an image that was taken to the repository.
Virtual Machines can be made as client machines for building and testing Windows deployment image. Using virtual machines reduces the performance of the Trivial File Transfer Protocol download phase. This is especially important if the virtual machines are not capable of handling a full boot loader.
Multiple WDS Servers – can be deployed to provide fault tolerance and redundancy. You can install one WDS server to manage a huge number of WIM images, or install multiple WDS servers within a network to improve availability and provide fault tolerance.
A Windows image is created using ImageX or a third-party tool and then distributed over the Internet to other WDS servers. It can then be downloaded to a local server, a remote server or a Hyper-V virtual machine.
Ron’s supervisor has given him the responsibility of deploying the latest Windows 7 OS to the company’s 50 branch offices. He wants to do this remotely, so that he does not have to travel to branches, however, the company policy stipulates that only one DHCP server is permitted on the corporate network and that’s at the Tooth City office.