Windows is the most widely used operating system in the globe and many businesses rely on Windows for their computing needs. However, Windows deployments on every user workstation can take a lot of time and effort.
Each station will need to have a Windows operating system CD or DVD installed by IT personnel. They will also need to set up each computer in accordance with previous workstations.
There is an easier, more efficient way to distribute Windows to multiple users.
What are Windows Deployment Service?
Windows Deployment Services is a role on a server that allows IT administrators remote deployment of Windows operating systems.
It allows network-based installation to set up new computers. This eliminates the need to use Windows Operating System CDs or DVDs for individual client machines.
Windows Deployment Services automates installation technology, so it requires minimal attention or intervention.
Windows Deployment – Standardizing Windows Deployment on Different Client Machines
Windows Deployment Services also has the ability to standardize Windows deployment across your company.
IT professionals will tell you that although there are many user configuration variations, and every department and user may have their own computing needs, standardizing rollouts for new users is the best way to deploy Windows operating systems and other drivers in an environment where everyone is using them.
This function is performed well by Windows Delivery Services. It is responsible for both the storage and transmission of Windows Boot and Install files.
Windows Imaging Format, also known as WIM, is a disk-based type that allows you to install client machines into their Windows PreInstallation Environment, or Windows PE.
Windows PE is a minimal Win32 Operating System that is used to prepare computers for Windows Installation.
After client machines have been installed in Windows PE, they can copy disk images to a network file server. Once the Windows Operating Version you wish to install is available, Windows Setup can be initiated.
It gives IT teams greater control over client machines, before, during and after Windows Installation.
What benefits will Windows Deployment Services bring to your business?
Windows Deployment Services will provide many benefits to your business over manual OS installation. These benefits include the following:
It saves your system administrator’s time and effort
As we have already mentioned, clients don’t need to install Windows on each machine individually. They can do it remotely using an automated process.
Simplify the Process
It allows you to standardize Windows deployments for multiple users within your company. This eliminates the need for each client to be configured individually.
Reducing Network Congestion
Windows Deployment Services also supports Multi-Cast Functionity. This is group communication in which data from one sender is sent to multiple receivers simultaneously. This reduces the load on your network as it does not require communication to each client individually.
Get Reference Image
Use the Image Capture Wizard to keep track of end-client machines and distinguish them from one another.
Windows Deployment – Working with a Trusted Managed Services Provider
Although you can create your own Windows Deployment Services within your network, this can be costly and time-consuming. To run the Windows Server, and to host the files required for Windows installation, you will need to buy Servers.
This is where your trusted managed service provider (MSP) can make life even easier for your Windows Deployment Services.
Your MSP will provide you with the following services for a small monthly fee:
- Cloud-Hosted Servers are required to run Windows Server 2003 SP1 (It’s recommended that you use Windows Server 2008 or later).
- For fast, automated, central management of all IP addresses in your network, we can help you set up DHCP services.
- We can help you run DNS Services
- Active Directory help
- Administrative credential Management
- Expert technical support available 24/7