Deployment services are software-based solutions designed to support the implementation and rollout of new software or infrastructure. They may involve the procurement of hardware or software and configuration, tuning, staging, installation and testing of interoperability.

The benefits of application deployment range from speedy and automated installation to increased security, streamlined management, and better visibility into the activities of users. App deployment can also simplify complex task that can be time-consuming and costly like software updates.

If your company is looking to migrate servers or add new servers, HP offers a comprehensive set of deployment services that can aid in speeding the process. Our deployment services range from device delivery and stage to setting up the hardware as well as data migration and installation.

Windows Deployment Service (WDS) is a network-based, centrally managed deployment of operating systems to bare-metal computers. It is the successor of Remote Installation Services (RIS). WDS utilizes disk imaging to deploy virtually any operating system.

For example, Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 and later utilize the Windows Image Format (WIM) to create images for remote installation. A Windows image is a virtual environment that boots up the computer and allows for the installation of the operating system. This pre-boot environment can be modified and expanded by the administrator to perform other tasks like installing additional drivers.

To use WDS the environment needs to be configured to allow a local network or Internet access. The environment must also have a Windows Deployment Services Server role installed on an appropriate server. This includes a DHCP server.

Microsoft offers a range of tools that can be used with WDS to manage deployment servers, build, take and apply images. These include imagex, dism and the wdsutil. These tools can either be installed on the same server hosting the WDS server or on a separate server. Imagex is a command line tool that can create a single WIM or a deduplication structure. It can be used on a network share or mapped drive. The wdsutil utility is used to manage WDS without the visual interface and to upload the images that have been captured to the repository.

Virtual Machines can be made as client machines for creating and testing Windows deployment image. Virtual machines can reduce the performance of the Trivial File Transfer Protocol download phase. This is particularly true in the event that the virtual machine isn’t capable of handling the full boot loader.

Multiple WDS Servers – can be used to provide redundancy and fault tolerance. You can deploy one WDS server to manage a lot of WIM images, or deploy multiple WDS servers on an internet network to increase availability and offer fault tolerance.

A Windows image can be created with ImageX or a third-party software, and then distributed over the Internet to another WDS server. The image can be downloaded to local server, remote server or Hyper-V virtual machines.

Ron’s supervisor assigns him the responsibility of deploying the latest Windows 7 OS at the fifty branch offices of the company. Ron wants to do this remotely, so that he does not have to travel to branch sites, but company policy dictates that only one DHCP server is allowed on the corporate network and that’s the Tooth City office.