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Part VIII: Desktop Administration - Pg. 987

CHAPTER 26 IN THIS CHAPTER . Managing Desktops and Servers . Operating System Deployment Options . Windows Server 2008 R2 Windows Deployment Services . Installing Windows Deployment Services (WDS) . Creating Discover Images . Creating Custom Installations Using Capture Images . General Desktop Administration Tasks Windows Server 2008 R2 Administration Tools for Desktops W indows Server 2008 R2 contains several services and features that can be leveraged to simplify desktop and user management for an organization's computer and network infrastructure. Effectively managing an organization's computer and network infrastructure requires the ability to support users locally and from remote locations; to perform remote configuration and administration of servers, work- stations, and networking services and applications; and to deploy or replace servers and workstations when systems fail or are replaced with new hardware. When a computer and network infrastructure utilizes Windows Server 2008 R2 systems and Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS), many of the included services and features can simplify administrative tasks. For example, domain group policies can be created and applied to differ- ent sets of users and computers to automatically deploy printers, configure wireless networking, redirect user folders to server shares, set default security policies, and much more. Having an Active Directory infrastructure allows orga- nizations to deploy a role called Windows Deployment Services. Windows Deployment Services (WDS) provides administrators with the ability to deploy Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows 7, Windows Vista, and other legacy operating systems such as Windows Server 2003 and Windows XP Professional to servers and workstations (both physical and virtual machines) across the network from a central console using unicast or multi- cast communications. There are several requirements to make the WDS deployment process work, but, essentially, a system is booted up using PXE boot, connects to the WDS system, selects an installation image, and the operating system is deployed across the network automatically.