What Are Deployment Services?


Deployment Services are software-based solutions that support the deployment and implementation of new infrastructure or applications. They can include procurement of hardware or software as well as tuning, configuration staging, installation, and testing of interoperability.

The benefits of app deployment can range from quick and automated installation to enhanced security, simplified management, and better visibility into user activity. App deployment can also simplify complex tasks that take a lot of time and resources like software updates.

HP provides a full range of deployment services to assist your company in speeding up the process, regardless of whether you are seeking to install new servers or migrate existing ones. From device delivery and staging to installation, setup and data migration Our deployment services can help you get up and running quickly and securely with minimal downtime.

Windows Deployment Service – Provides centralized deployment of a network-based operating system to computers running bare metal. It is the successor to Remote Installation Services (RIS). WDS utilizes disk imaging to run any operating system.

Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 or later utilizes the Windows Image Format (WIM) for instance it creates images that can be used to install remotely. A Windows image is an initial boot environment that boots the computer and allows it to install the operating system. The administrator can customize and extend the pre-boot environment to accomplish other tasks, such as installing additional drivers.

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

Microsoft provides a number of tools for WDS that can be used to manage the deployment server as well as build, capture and apply images, such as imagex, dism, and wdsutil. These tools can be run on the same server as the WDS server or on a separate server. Imagex is a command-line tool that can create an individual WIM structure, or a deduplication WIM. It can be utilized on a network share or mapped drive. The wdsutil tool can be used to manage WDS without the visual interface and to upload the images that have been captured to the repository.

Virtual Machines – Can be created to act as client machines when creating and testing Windows deployment images. Using virtual machines can reduce the performance of the Trivial File Transfer Protocol (TFTP) download phase. This is especially important in the event that the virtual machines are not capable of handling a complete boot loader.

Multiple WDS servers – can be deployed to provide redundancy and fault tolerance. You can install one WDS server to manage a lot of WIM images, or you can install multiple WDS servers in an internet network to increase availability and offer fault tolerance.

A Windows image can be created with ImageX or a third-party tool, and later distributed via the Internet to other WDS server. The image can then be downloaded to the local server, a remote server or a Hyper-V virtual machine.

Ron’s supervisor has given him the responsibility of deploying the most recent Windows 7 OS to the branches of the company’s 50 offices. He wants to do it remotely, so that he doesn’t need to travel to branch sites. However, the company policy states that only one DHCP is allowed on the corporate network and that is at the Tooth City Office.