Chapter 2. Deploying servers

Whether you administer a small business with a server room in the back office or a data center for a large enterprise, deploying servers is a key part of your job. Although installing a handful of servers can still be done manually, provisioning hundreds or thousands of server workloads in a virtualized data center is an entirely different affair.

Windows Server 2008 introduced the Server Core installation option with a reduced servicing footprint that made it ideal for enterprise deployment, but smaller organizations often chose the GUI option because it was easier to configure after installation. With Windows Server 2012 and later now supporting post-installation conversion between Server Core and GUI, however, ...

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