As we continue to move wholesale into a world where virtual servers are the rule, we're starting to see just how different this new environment is. Server farms are evolving in unexpected ways, creating situations we didn't encounter prior to the widespread adoption of virtualization. One of these oddities is the seemingly eternal server. How do you manage the lifecycle of a machine that never dies?
Back before we spun up VMs on a whim to handle whatever application or platform we needed, every deployment was painstaking and time consuming. These servers would be carefully built by installing the OS from the ground up, tweaking the BIOS tweaks, installing drivers, and laying the applications or frameworks over all of above.
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