Deployment services are software-based solutions designed to aid in the implementation and rollout of new software or infrastructure. They can include hardware or software acquisition as well as tuning, configuration and staging, installation, and interoperability tests.

The advantages of app deployment range from rapid and automated installation to enhanced security, easier management and improved visibility into the activities of users. App deployment can also simplify complex task that can be time-consuming and costly such as software updates.

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Windows Deployment Service – Provides centralized, network-based deployment of the operating system to bare metal computers. It is the successor to Remote Installation Services (RIS). WDS uses disk imaging to run any operating system.

Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 or later makes use of the Windows Image Format (WIM) for instance creating images that can be used for remote installation. A Windows image has an environment that is pre-boot and boots the computer and allows it to install the operating system. Administrators can customize and expand this pre-boot system to accomplish other tasks, like installing additional drivers.

To allow WDS to function the environment must be configured so that it can access a local network. Additionally the environment should include a server with the Windows Deployment Services server role installed. This includes the DHCP server.

Microsoft offers a variety of tools for WDS that can be used to manage the deployment server as well as build, capture and apply images, including imagesx, dism and wdsutil. These tools can be run on the same server as the WDS server or on a separate server. Imagex is a command-line tool that can create either a single WIM structure or a deduplication of WIM. It can be utilized on a network share or mapped drive. The wdsutil utility can be used to manage the WDS server without GUI and to add images taken from the repository.

Virtual Machines can be built as client machines to build and testing helpful resources Windows deployment image. Using virtual machines reduces the performance of the Trivial File Transfer Protocol download phase. This is important, especially when the virtual machines aren’t able to handle a complete boot loader.

Multiple WDS servers – Can be deployed to provide fault tolerance and redundancy. You can install a single WDS server to manage a lot of WIM images, or you can install multiple WDS servers within an internet network to increase availability and provide fault tolerance.

A Windows image can be created using ImageX or a different third-party tool, and then distributed over the Internet to other WDS server. It is then downloaded to a local server, remote server, or a Hyper-V virtual machine.

Ron’s supervisor gives him the responsibility of deploying the most recent Windows 7 OS at the fifty branch offices of the company. Ron would like to do this remotely, so that he doesn’t have to travel to the branch sites, but company policy dictates that only one DHCP server can be allowed on the corporate network and that’s the Tooth City office.