Installation Sources – Windows Server 2012
May 22, 2013 1 Comment
Microsoft distributes Windows Server 2012 either on optical media or in an .iso image format.
You can install Windows Server 2012 by using several methods, including those listed below;
•Requires that the computer has access to a DVD drive.
•Optical media is usually slower than USB media.
•You cannot update the installation image without replacing the media.
•You can only perform one installation per DVD at a time.
• Requires the administrator to perform special steps to prepare USB media from an ISO file.
•All computers should support booting from USB media.
•Image can be updated as new software updates and drivers become available.
•Answer file can be stored on USB drive, reducing the interaction that the administrator must perform.
Mounted ISO image
• Virtualization software enables you to directly mount the ISO image.
•Does not require writing the ISO image to optical media.
• Deploy from installation files on network share.
•Requires you boot the server off a boot device (DVD or USB drive) and install from installation files hosted on a network share.
•Much slower than using Windows Deployment Services (WDS).
•If you already have access to a DVD or USB media, it is simpler to use those tools for operating system deployment.
Windows Deployment Services (WDS)
•WDS enables you deploy Windows Server 2012 from Windows Imaging Format (WIM) image files or specially prepared VHD files.
•You can use the Windows Automated Installation Kit to configure Lite-Touch deployment.
•Clients perform a Pre-Boot Execution Environment (PXE) boot to contact the WDS server. The operating system image is then transmitted to the server over the network.
•WDS supports multiple concurrent installations of Windows Server 2012 using multicast network transmissions.
System Center Configuration Manager
•Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager enables you to fully automate the deployment of Windows Server 2012 to bare-metal servers.
•Enables Zero-Touch deployment.
Virtual Machine Manager templates
•Requires Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) in System Center.
•Enables rapid deployment of Windows Server 2012 in private cloud scenarios.
•Can be used to enable self-service deployment of Windows Server 2012 virtual machines.