What is Windows Deployment Services?
The Windows Deployment Services role in Windows Server 2008 is the updated and redesigned version of Remote Installation Services (RIS). Windows Deployment Services enables you to deploy Windows operating systems, particularly Windows Seven and Windows Server 2008. You can use it to set up new computers by using a network-based installation. This means that you do not have to be physically present at each computer and you do not have to install each operating system directly from a CD or DVD.
Benefits of Windows Deployment Services
Windows Deployment Services provides the following installation and deployment benefits:
- Reduces the complexity of deployments and the costs associated with inefficient manual installation processes.
- Allows network-based installation of Windows operating systems, including Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008.
- Deploys Windows images to computers without operating systems.
- Supports mixed environments that include Windows Seven, Windows Server 2008, Microsoft Windows XP, and Microsoft Windows Server 2003
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