Windows Server 2008 provides several useful tools for managing software. You can use the Software Installation component of Group Policy to deploy applications to computers on the network. The Software Restriction Policies component of Group Policy makes it possible to control which applications and scripts users can execute. Finally, WDS makes it easy to perform automated clean installations of Windows over the network, reducing the time it takes to set up new computers for employees or reuse old computers.
The next chapter describes the new Hyper-V virtualization capabilities of Windows Server 2008.