Microsoft’s guide to automating and managing Windows operating system deployments

successFailureMany enterprise IT professionals are already familiar with System Center 2012 Configuration Manager and use it to support computer and device management requirements, however in some cases those administrators may not be familiar with Microsoft’s best practices recommendations or the operating system deployment tools and capabilities available to them. Instead, they may rely on manual methods that include combinations of answer files, scripts, the Windows Automated Installation Kit (Windows AIK) and so on to perform operating system deployments. Because of this, operating system deployment projects can become challenging and costly to implement.

Today, however, we have a complete Microsoft Solution Guide available that will help you understand the recommended processes for creating and deploying Windows operating systems with the following goals in mind:

– Manage operating system, driver, and application files in a centralized file system.

– Easily create or update Windows operating system images and then properly test them before beginning production deployments.

– Rapidly deploy operating systems, desktop software, and Windows updates to new hardware using reliable and consistent processes.

– Utilize enterprise-level operating system deployment management and reporting software.

To see the recommended design of the solution, why we recommend it and the steps to implement it, please see the following Microsoft Solution Guide:

Automate and Manage Windows Operating System Deployments: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dn818437.aspx

J.C. Hornbeck | Solution Asset PM | Microsoft GBS Management and Security Division

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