Implementation of a WSUS infrastructure
In the deployment of the Windows server update services (WSUS), the first step involves making vital decisions such as deciding the scenario of the WSUS deployment, making a choice on the network topology, and proper understanding of the system requirements. Before deploying the WSUS, several requirements need to be considered. It starts by confirmation of whether the server meets the system requirements. Also, one must confirm that they have the necessary permissions to finish the installation by following the following rules. First, server hardware requirements to allow WSUS role are bound to the hardware requirements. Secondly, restart the server before enabling the WSUS server role after you installing roles. Thirdly, install the Microsoft.NET Framework 4.0 on the server. Fourth, allow full control permissions on the NT Authority/Network service account so that the WSUS Administration snap-in displays correctly. Lastly, confirming that the account required to install the WSUS is a member of Local Administrators Group (Barber, 2006).
Benefits of using WDS over traditional imaging process
The Windows Deployment Services (WDS) enables the user to deploy Windows operating systems over a network. It enables the user to install operating systems directly from the CD or DVD. WDS allows network-based installations of Windows Oss that minimizes the complexity and cost compared to the traditional imaging process. WDS also enables data and images transmission by multicast functionality. The WDS allows the user to create pictures of the reference computer using an Image capture wizard feature, an alternative to the ImageX tool. Unlike the traditional process (manual installation), WDS supports the deployment of images for mixed environments such as Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 via Windows 8.1 as well as Windows 2012 R2. Requirements of WDS include AD DS domain, DHCP, DNS, NTFS volume, and credentials in deployment server. Also, one must be a member of the local administrators groups to install a transport server (Ferrill, & Ferrill, 2014).
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Ferrill, P., & Ferrill, T. (2014). Exam 70-413: Designing and the implementing an enterprise server infrastructure. Redmond, WA: Microsoft Press.