Chapter 3

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 Infra Server


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 2008 R2, 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 ...

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