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 Servers Deployment

The following materials provide everything you need to preinstall Windows server operating systems and Microsoft server software on new computers.

Windows Server 2012

Topic Description
Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit Use the downloads, tools and supporting documentation from the Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit (Windows ADK) to pre-install Windows 8.
Windows Server Language Interface Packs Download software that enables computers to display parts of the user interface in a selected language.

Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2

For most pre-installation scenarios for Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2, the Express Deployment Tool is the right choice. It helps you to quickly, easily and correctly pre-install computers with genuine server software. However if you want to customise more variables in your operating system than the EDT allows, use the server OEM Pre-installation Kits (OPKs) below.

Server OPKs

OEM Tool/software Description
Windows 7 OPK Use these OPK downloads, tools and supporting documentation to pre-install Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008 and Windows Vista SP1.
Windows Home Server v1 OPK Use these tools to pre-install the Windows Home Server software on new computers for distribution to end users.
Windows HPC 2008 OPK Use Windows Server 2008 OPK tools and documentation to pre-install Microsoft Windows High Performance Computing Server (Windows HPC) 2008.
Windows Server Solutions OPK Use these tools and supporting documentation to pre-install SBS 2011 Essentials and Windows Home Server 2011.
Windows SBS 2011 Standard OPK Use these tools and documents to preinstall the Windows Small Business Server 2011 Standard operating system.
Windows SBS 2008 OPK Use these tools and supporting documentation to pre-install Windows SBS 2008 server software on new computers.
Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 OPK Use these tools and supporting documentation to pre-install Hyper-V Server 2008, a stand-alone product that provides tools and services for creating a virtualised server computing environment.
Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Standard Edition for Small Business OPK Use the Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Standard Edition for Small Business OPK to simplify the pre-installation process.
Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Standard Edition for Small Business SP1 OPK Use this pre-installation documentation and Service Pack 1 (SP1) software to pre-install Microsoft SQL Server 2008 SP1.

Additional Resources

Topic Description
Windows Server 2012 Language Interface Packs Download software that enables computers to display parts of the user interface in a selected language.
Windows 7 Language Interface Packs Language Interface Packs enable computers to display parts of the Windows 7 user interface in a selected language.
Localised Windows OPK Documentation Localised documentation about the tools included in the Windows OPK to install, customise, and deploy Windows 7.
Windows OPK Training Videos Training documentation and accompanying demo videos show how to deploy Windows 7 using the OPK.
Express Deployment Tool Deploy Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, Office 2010, PC Essentials, Microsoft Security Essentials and Internet Explorer 9 onto new PCs significantly faster than with traditional OPKs.
Creating a Hard Disk Recovery Solution for Windows 7
.pdf 1.8 MB
A hard-disk-based recovery solution enables Windows 7 to recover automatically from most known causes for unbootable systems. Using the Windows OPK you can create this solution with Windows Recovery Environment (Windows RE).
Quick Start for System Builders
.pdf 116 KB
Step-by-step instructions for using the Windows OPK with a Windows 7 product DVD to create a Windows installation that meets the minimum legal requirements.
Step-by-Step: Basic Windows Deployment for OEMs
.pdf 195 KB
Shows how to create a basic automated Windows installation. For new users who want to learn the basics of Windows deployment.
Additional Allowances and Recommendations: An Addendum to the Windows OEM Preinstallation Kit
.pdf 357 KB
Summarises the various allowances and recommendations that have been released by Microsoft up until now.
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Introducing the OEM Reseller Support System