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Install updates in WIM files to accelerate OS deployment
Posted by Romain Serre on December 27, 2017
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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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Interforest Migration in Windows Server 2016 with Active Directory Migration Tool (ADMT) 3.2. Part 3
Posted by Karim Buzdar on June 22, 2017
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In previous articles, we have installed Password Export Server Service (PES) 3.1, established trust, delegated permissions to source user account in the target domain, configured source and target domains for SID history migration and understood the theory behind interforest migration. Now, we move ahead with actual migration.

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Interforest Migration in Windows Server 2016 with Active Directory Migration Tool (ADMT) 3.2. Part 2
Posted by Karim Buzdar on June 16, 2017
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In the previous article, we have installed Password Export Server Service (PES) v3.1 on source domain and establish trust between two forests. We will move ahead and delegate permissions to user account from source domain in the target domain, configure source and target domains for SID history migration. We will also see the difference in behavior of AD objects in both intraforest and interforest migration and how to create an include file when migration large number of objects.

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Interforest Migration in Windows Server 2016 with Active Directory Migration Tool (ADMT) 3.2. Part 1
Posted by Karim Buzdar on June 7, 2017
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Interforest migration involves relocating Active Directory (AD) objects between forests.You may have to migrate AD objects between forests at the time of moving test domain into your production environment or because of companies merger and the need to consolidate two (information technology) IT infrastructures.

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