Zero-touch provisioning also enables faster deployments because it does not require any manual intervention during deployment. It’s all about automation.
The zero-touch provisioning approach is often used when deploying applications into production environments. With this approach, developers do not have to perform manual tasks such as creating user accounts and setting up email addresses. Instead, they can simply deploy their application using an automated process. Zero-touch provisioning makes it easier for developers to test their code before deploying it into production. It also reduces errors because no one has to manually create users or set up email addresses.
The zero-touch provisioning method is commonly used by software vendors who sell their products through resellers. For example, if you’re selling a product called “My Product” through Amazon, you might use zero-touch provisioning to automate the creation of new customer accounts. When customers purchase My Product, they receive an email with instructions on how to download the application. Once the application is downloaded, the customer logs in with his or her credentials.
How does zero-touch provisioning work?
With zero-touch provisioning, you can configure your network infrastructure so that it automatically creates user accounts and sets up email addresses. You can then create scripts that instruct the network infrastructure to make changes to your network configuration. These scripts can be run every time you deploy a new version of your software.
You can use zero-touch deployments to create new users, assign them roles, and set up email accounts. For instance, you could write a script that adds a new server to your network. Then, you could create a new user account for each person who needs access to that server. Finally, you could create a script that assigns the newly created user accounts specific permissions.
You can use zero-touch provisioning to create new users, set up email accounts, and assign them permissions.
You can also use zero-touch provisioning to change the settings of existing users. For example, you could update the password of an existing user. Or you could change the role of a user.
What types of organizations can benefit from zero-touch provisioning?
Software vendors can use zero-touch delivery to streamline their sales processes. By automating the setup of new accounts, companies can reduce the amount of time spent on repetitive tasks.
Software vendors can use zero-touch delivery to streamline their marketing efforts. For example, they can send emails to new users after they’ve purchased their product.
IT managers can use zero-touch deployment to improve the security of their organization. Zero-touch provisioning allows them to quickly add new computers to their network infrastructure.
0-Touch provisioning can help you save money by reducing the number of hours you spend managing your network infrastructure. It can also help you avoid downtime when deploying new versions of your software.
Zero-Touch provisioning can help you keep costs down by reducing the number of times you must purchase additional hardware and software licenses.
Zero-touch provisioning of the network infrastructure
Network administrators can use zero-touch provisioned networks to simplify the management of their existing network infrastructure. They can easily add more servers, routers, switches, firewalls, load balancers, and other networking devices without having to worry about configuring them first.
Zero-touch provisioning is especially useful for small businesses that don’t have dedicated IT staff. In these cases, IT managers can use zero-touch deployment to quickly scale their business’s computing capacity.
In addition, zero-touch provisioning can be used to manage the network infrastructure of large enterprises. Network administrators can use zero-touch provisioning to install new hardware and software across multiple locations.
How do I start using zero-touch provisioning with my network?
If you’re interested in learning how to implement zero-touch provisioning into your own network.
Here are a few steps you can take:
- Decide what type of deployment you’d like to automate. You may choose to automate all deployments or only those that involve installing new software.
- Determine whether you want to use a third-party tool or build your own solution. Third-party tools are more likely to have features that meet your specific requirements. However, building your own solution can give you greater flexibility.
- Choose which operating system you would like to use to automate your network. Windows Server 2012 R2 offers many benefits, including support for zero-touch provisioning.
- Create a plan for implementing your solution. Once you know how you want to automate your network, you’ll need to determine where you’ll store information about your network’s current state. You might decide to use a database, such as Microsoft SQL Server.
- Build your solution. Use PowerShell scripts to perform actions such as adding servers to your network.
- Test your solution. Before you deploy it to production, test it thoroughly. Make sure that everything works correctly before you go live.
- Deploy your solution. After testing your solution, you can configure it to automatically execute whenever you run a particular command.
- Monitor your network. As your network grows, you’ll need to monitor its performance and make any necessary adjustments.
- Maintain your solution. Even if you don’t use it every day, you’ll still need to maintain your solution. Keep track of changes made to your configuration file and update it regularly.
- Remove unused components. When you no longer need an old component, remove it from your network.
Zero-touch determination of AP location
You can use zero-touch provisioning to determine the location of access points (APs) in your wireless network. This helps you reduce the amount of time required to set up your wireless network.
Zero-touch provisioning determines the location of APs based on the MAC address of each device connected to the AP. This process reduces the amount of time needed to manually configure devices. For example, if you connect a laptop to the same AP multiple times, you’ll need to enter the same IP address each time. With zero-touch provisioning, you can simply add the MAC address of the computer to the list of known computers associated with the AP.
To learn how to use zero-touch provision to locate APs, follow these steps:
- Open Group Policy Management Console (GPMC). To open GPMC, click Start, point to Administrative Tools, and then select Group Policy Management Console.
- In the console tree, expand Computer Configuration\Policies\Administrative Templates\Network and then double-click Zero Touch Provisioning.
- Select Enabled, and then click OK.
- Click Yes when prompted to restart the computer.
- Connect a wireless client to the AP.
- Right-click the wireless client, and then click Properties.
- On the Wireless tab, note the MAC address of the client.
- Repeat this procedure until all the clients are configured.
- Close GPMC, and then disconnect all the clients.
- Return to Step 1, and repeat Steps 5 through 8.
Pricing of Zero-Touch Provisioning for your networks is available in Volume Licensing only. Contact your Microsoft representative today to find out more.