April 13, 2011
Who actually enjoys sitting around waiting for an installation to complete? Working with developers, one of the tasks I am constantly being asked for in IT is to provision test workstations and virtual machines. Often, I found deploying these stations was time consuming and distracting due to the amount of interaction the installations demanded.
After a few weeks of re-imaging laptops and virtual machines, I was sick of staring at the progress bar. I sought out a way to automate this process not only to speed up the time it takes to install, but to also automate the entire process so I wouldn’t be interrupted by constant prompts. The following are three actions I took to automate and speed up the entire deployment process.