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Inside Windows® Server 2003 by William Boswell

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Automating Windows Server 2003 Deployments

Computers are supposed to be servants, right? So why should we expend countless hours slaving over repetitive installations to get our servants to the point where they can serve? If you have more than one or two servers to install or upgrade, you might want to look into automating the process. There are three general types of automated deployment methods:

  • Disk cloning

  • Scripted installations

  • Remote Installation Services (RIS)

In this section, we'll take a detailed look at each method.

Disk Cloning

Of the three deployment methods, disk cloning is the fastest. It is also the most likely method to cause compatibility problems due to hardware differences between the server where you made the image and the server ...

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