Microsoft Automates Server Deployment
Beta release of Microsoft's Automated Deployment Services for Windows Server 2003 promises to dramatically cut the time it takes to deploy Windows Server system images.LAS VEGASMicrosoft shipped the first deliverable in its new Dynamic Systems Initiative with the beta release of Automated Deployment Services for Windows Server 2003, but the companys vision for reducing complexity in the data center wont be realized for years to come. Microsoft announced at the second annual Microsoft Management Summit the beta release of ADS, which promises to reduce the amount of time it takes to deploy hundreds of Windows Server system images to minutes from days or weeks. ADS is capable of remotely deploying operating system software to "bare metal" machines, according to Brian Valentine, senior vice president of the Windows Server Division in Redmond, Wash. The streamlined server system image distribution tool, in addition to automating server deployment, also provides image creation, editing and scripting, a script-based administration framework and the ability to encode operational standards.
Its general release is due in the second quarter.