Deploying Apps and Operating Systems

W03 Preparing for a Faster Microsoft OS Release Cycle

August 5th, 2015

9:15am - 12:15pm

Level: Intermediate

Orin Thomas

Author / Server Administrator


In the old days, infrastructure server deployments were fixed points in your datacenter. You'd deploy an infrastructure server with the assumption it would be in service for many years before two or more major versions would be released and the infrastructure server would be outdated. With Microsoft's new accelerated release schedule, you'll be seeing new server operating systems on a much more frequent basis and your infrastructure servers will become relics faster. The days of deploying core infrastructure services, like DNS, DHCP, DFS and Certificate Services on a server and treating them as fixed long term deployments are gone. In this three hour session, I'll take you through how you can prepare to migrate core infrastructure services to newer platforms every couple of years and how not to treat infrastructure services as fixed points in your datacenter.

You will learn:

  • An understanding of the changes that are occurring with the Microsoft OS release cycle
  • How to evaluate a suitable OS deployment strategy based on the faster OS release cycle
  • The tools that can be leveraged to implement an OS deployment strategy based on the faster OS release cycle