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Windows® 7 Resource Kit by Tony Northrup Mitch Tulloch and Jerry Honeycutt

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Introducing Windows Deployment Services

Windows Deployment Services supports remote, on-demand deployment of Windows 7 and Windows PE images located in a central image store. It is available as an add-on to Windows Server 2003 systems running RIS and is the native remote installation technology provided with Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2.

Windows Deployment Services images are collected from client master systems and stored using the single instancing provided by the .wim imaging format. Clients can be booted from PXE-compliant network adapters or by using remote client boot disks. The Windows Deployment Services client boots into a customized Windows PE image, and the user can select the installation image from a list of images ...

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