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IIS Auto-Installs  
IIS Auto-installs was introduced by Microsoft in 2003 with the release of its Windows Server 2003 server OS. It was and it is still called Windows Deployment Services or WDS for short. WDS uses pre-boot Execution Environment do install a Sysprep or installation scripted by the IIS admin.

Windows 2008 server follows same auto-installs procedure as its predecessor windows 2003 and relays on Windows Deployment Services to accomplish it. The advantage of using WDS is that you don’t have to be physically at the machine you are trying to install IIS on. WDS is encompasses three different categories.

1. Server Component – includes PXE server, TFTP server as well as shared folder and image repository with the boot image, installation images and other required files.
2. Client Component – includes GUI that runs within Windows PE. It is designed to help user to interact with the installation process.
3. Management Component – is a set of tools you can use to manage installation process, server itself and OS image.

There are several benefits that you as IIS admin will have while using WDS. First, it reduces complexity of your deployments and it allows network installation. Second, you can deploy Windows Images, components without OS running on the machine. Third, it supports a wide array of Operating Systems. Finally, it is end-to-end solution that you need to proceed with the installation.

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