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Mastering Windows® 7 Deployment by Kenneth van Surksum, Darril Gibson, Aidan Finn

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Chapter 6. Windows Deployment Services: The Basics

When looking to perform installations of Windows images in the past, many organizations have turned to third-party solutions that require additional licensing. Microsoft has included a network-based image deployment solution called Windows Deployment Services (WDS) in every release of the server operating system since Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2.

WDS allows administrators to capture and deploy operating system images using the hardware features of the computer being worked with. This makes it very useful for deploying operating systems to computers that don't have a DVD drive, such as budget PCs or net-books. WDS can be used as a standalone solution, or it can be used to extend the functionality ...

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