Install updates in WIM files to accelerate OS deployment
Posted by Romain Serre on December 27, 2017

When I deployed Bare-Metal servers, I always lose time because of updates. In part of my job, I deploy a lot of physical servers, especially for Microsoft hyperconverged solution. When I install this kind of solution, I have to implement between three to sixteen servers at the same time. The cumulative update installation in Windows Server takes almost 30 minutes. If the servers are not installed at the same time, you can lose a lot of time. This is worst when you install physical servers with a tool like MDT and PXE. You have to copy 1GB in each server and then wait to install it.

To save time, now when I’m deploying physical servers, I update the install.wim file. In this way, the OS is installed with latest updates. In this topic, we’ll see how to update images in WIM files.

Microsoft Update Catalog - Windows Server 2016

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Deploy Veeam Agent for Windows to backup a physical server
Posted by Romain Serre on August 10, 2017

Veeam Backup & Replication was mainly a backup product for the virtual environment until this year. Recently, Veeam has released Veeam Agent for Windows and Linux 2.0 that enable to backup physical machines such as workstation and server. In this topic, I’ll talk only about Veeam Agent for Windows on a server the environment.

Veeam Agent - Workstation - Server - Cloud Connect - Scheme

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Deploy a VMware VM from a template
Posted by Romain Serre on May 11, 2017

Most of the companies have to install guide to deploy servers with manual or automatic steps. These guides exist to get a consistent server installation across the organization. Thanks to a consistent environment, the management of the infrastructure is easier and the outages are less common.

Because a virtual machine is basically software, it’s easy to clone and redeploy. We can also create a template from a virtual machine and create new VMs from this template. In this way, we can customize the “initial VM” such as update the OS, copy scripts or set the system, make a template and deploy new VMs from this template. All new VMs will get the OS customization. All that remains to be done is to set the specific parameters of the OS such as IP address, computer name or specific scripts to run. So you can automate the VM deployment regarding your server specifications.

Virtual Machines template

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