You can choose to install an OS on a single server or on multiple servers. The scope of this document is for single server OS installations. The table below provides some information about these two installation options.
For more information about single-server OS installation methods and Oracle System Assistant, see:
Select a method for providing the Windows installation media. Use the following information to determine the local or remote OS installation that best serves your needs.
This is the recommended method for installing a supported OS on your server. This method involves using the Oracle System Assistant application. You deliver the Windows OS installation media on either a local or remote CD/DVD drive, USB device, or CD/DVD image, and Oracle System Assistant guides the installation process and gathers and installs the needed drivers when necessary. Your server must support Oracle System Assistant, and it must be installed in the server.
With this method, you deliver the Windows distribution media on either a local or remote CD/DVD drive, USB device, or CD/DVD image. You also need to install any necessary drivers. The drivers for your server are available on the server's internal Oracle System Assistant flash drive (if installed) and from the My Oracle Support web site as either OS-specific and server-specific packages or as an ISO image file. To install the OS, use the distribution media's installation wizard.
You can install Windows from a deployment server environment. For the advanced user, you can create a customized Windows Imaging Format (WIM) iimage for your server on a system running Windows Deployment Services (WDS). Once this installation image file has been created, you can boot your server from its network card and select the image from the WDS system for unattended deployment. For more information about WDS, go to: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa967394(v=vs.85).aspx.