Installing Windows Server 2016 might not seem the most exciting of topics, but move past the next, next, finish and there's incredible depth in automating this otherwise-mundane task. In this course, you won't just see the "Next-Next-Finish" of installing a copy of Windows Server, but you'll learn a myriad of new installation approaches. First, you'll learn about offline installation. Next, you'll explore the command line and PowerShell approaches. Finally, you'll take a look at the Desired State Configuration approach. All of these might take a little extra time up-front, but they greatly pay off down the road. By the end of this course, you will have the knowledge of PowerShell, Desired State Configuration, and even some of the WinPE and DISM commands that you'll need for rapid deployment of Windows Server 2016.
Course Overview Hey, this is Greg Shields, and you've found another of my courses in this learning path on Windows Server 2016, this time on the task and technologies in installing Windows Server. I am author evangelist and a full-time author here at Pluralsight, and I've been building and delivering courses like this one for over a decade. While installing Windows Server, Server Core, and even the new Nano Server might not seem the most exciting of topics, our conversation here will focus on the new, and in some cases the old, tools and technologies for greatly automating the process. This one is going to be good. In this course, I won't just show you the next next finish of installing a copy of Windows Server. I'll introduce you to the far more useful offline, command line, PowerShell, and Desired State Configuration approaches. All of these might take a little extra time up front, but they greatly pay off down the road. If you've just been tasked with installing Windows Server 2016 on a dozen or even 1000 machines, this course is your first stop in brushing up on those skills for success. And then from here, you'll be ready to continue on a learning path as you explore storage, Hyper-V virtualization, containers, high availability, and the maintenance and monitoring of your Windows Server environment. Let's get started.