Chapter 03. Deployment and configuration

Bare metal versus virtualized

Windows images

Answer files

Windows Deployment Services

Virtual Machine Manager

Infrastructure configuration as code

Desired State Configuration

Chef

Puppet

Package management utilities

Depending on the size of your organization, you might deploy a couple of servers and then leave them in production for years, or, as we saw when it came to the (ongoing) retirement of Windows Server 2003, well over a decade. Other organizations deploy servers on a more frequent basis. Some even use a process where rather than applying software updates to a production server and incurring downtime as the update is applied and the server rebooted, they find it faster to deploy a newly patched ...

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