Imaging Vs. Scripting

Discussion in 'Server Setup' started by Mikeyc, Aug 26, 2003.

  1. Mikeyc

    Mikeyc Guest

    I am looking to build 150 2k3 servers that will get rebuilt on a weekly
    basis.

    Has anyone had experience using an imaging product like Drive Image Pro, or
    Ghost or done any serious work with scripting and 2k3?

    Thanks!
     
    Mikeyc, Aug 26, 2003
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  2. Mikeyc

    Jeff Cochran Guest

    Ugh. Test environment I assume?
    If the systems are identical, or nearly, Drive Image Pro works fine.
    If yoiu have a large mix of hardware and need differing configs on
    systems, scripting it through RIS or other means may be better.

    Jeff
     
    Jeff Cochran, Aug 27, 2003
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  3. Mikeyc

    Mikeyc Guest

    I would love to hear more about this - Someone else was telling me that PE
    boot was the way to go also.

    I got my hands on the APF - Autopurposing Framework from Microsoft. Is this
    the same product?

    Thanks
     
    Mikeyc, Aug 27, 2003
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  4. You can get some more technical details about Automated Deployment Services
    at: http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2003/techinfo/overview/ads.mspx.
    It'll include image capture and deployment tools, plus a PXE server for
    remote deployment to one or more servers (optionally using multicast).

    It will be available for free download very shortly.

    Paul
     
    Paul Sutton [MSFT], Aug 28, 2003
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  5. ADS is not the same as APF. ADS is a feature of Windows Server 2003
    available to anyone, while APF is available via a consulting engagement.
    Technically, ADS provides the image deployment capabilities; APF also
    provides application-specific deployment. There is no reason why you cannot
    use ADS as the OS deployment technology within an APF environment.

    Paul
     
    Paul Sutton [MSFT], Aug 28, 2003
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