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Deploying Windows Server 2008 Server Roles - Windows Server blog by Kurt Roggen [BE]
dinsdag 13 november 2007 14:27 Kurt Roggen

Deploying Windows Server 2008 Server Roles

As I've mentioned already in a previous post, there is no more BDD SA (Business Desktop Deployment Solution Accelerator).  It has been renamed to "Microsoft Deployment" (tools).  Microsoft Deployment is the next version of Business Desktop Deployment (BDD) 2007.

The current generation of automated deployment tools from Microsoft is increasingly unified; the same tools, utilities and products in many cases offer support and functionality for desktop and server deployment tasks.

Microsoft Deployment unifies the tools and processes required for desktop and server deployment into a common deployment console and collection of guidance.  Microsoft Deployment adds integration with recently released Microsoft deployment technologies to create a single path for image creation and deployment, including:

  • System Center Configuration Manager 2007 Operating System Deployment (OSD)
  • Windows Automated Installation Kit (WAIK)
  • Windows Deployment Services with new multicast technology (WDS in Windows Server 2008)
  • Application Compatibility Toolkit 5.0 (ACT)
  • User State Migration Tool 3.0.1 (USMT)
  • Office system 2007
  • Windows Server 2008 Server Manager for automated server role definition

Lite Touch Installation (LTI) now supports Windows Server 2008 deployments:

  • Support for deploying Windows Server 2008 Beta 3 and RC0, including support for Server Core installation options. 
  • Automated server role definition using Server Manager

Let's have look at deploying a typical Branch Office Server which holding its typical roles:

  1. (Read-Only) Domain Controller
  2. DNS Server
  3. DHCP Server
  4. WINS Server (optional)
  5. Windows Deployment Server (for local deployment of your clients and possibly servers)

Throughout the Task Sequencer, you now have the option to "Install Roles and Features" and furthermore configure some of those Server Roles once they are installed. For your information, it also support the Server Role for "Windows Server Virtualization".

Task Sequencer now supports Server Manager operations to "Install Roles and Features".

Automated server role definition using Server Manager, where ServerManagerCmd.exe does the actual work. 

1. Read Only Domain Controller

Configuration of the Active Directory Domain Services role, which drives dcpromo.exe.

2. DNS Server

As part of the Active Directory Installation process, DNS will be installed.
You can configure separate zones via the "Configure DNS" task, which drives the DNScmd.exe.

3. DHCP Server

Configuration of DHCP Scope(s) will be driven by netsh.exe in the background.

4. WINS Server

Configuration of WINS will be driven by netsh.exe in the background.

5. Windows Deployment Server

Initial installation parameters are required for a Server Role installation (using ServerManagerCmd.exe) and also drive WDSutil.exe.
However, further configuration (adding boot images, installation images, etc...) should be done through the WDSutil.exe CLI (via a custom created Task).

For more information, have a look at a previous post on Windows Deployment Services in Windows Server 2008.


Related postings: MS Deployment Tools (Codename Deployment 4), Windows Server 2008 Deployment Solution Accelerator (WSD SA)

Related blogs: Microsoft Deployment Team blog


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