Here is a common scenario. A client's lease with Dell is ending. They have 20 computers that are being exchanged for new ones. These new computers need software installed and configured. Doing the installation manually could take all week. But with Windows Deployment Services, it can be done over a weekend.
Windows Deployment Services (WDS) is a server role included with Microsoft Server. It enables you to deploy Windows over a network. Windows deployment using WDS is a five step process. First, WDS is installed on the server. The operating system and applications are installed on a source PC. An image of the source PC's disk is captured by WDS. WDS then copies the source PC's disk image to PCs on the network.
- Install and configure WDS
- Create capture image from boot.wim (WinPE)
- Create discovery image from boot.wim (WinPE)
Configure Source PC
- Install and configure OS
- Install and configure applications
Capture Source Image
- Network boot capture image
- Capture source image
Deploy Source Image
- Network boot discover image
- Deploy source image
- Deploy 20 desktops in 20 hours
- Disaster recovery