Creating and executing a repeatable unattended build process that works on all machines across the organization can be an unwieldy project. The details depend on the IT policies and complexities of each individual organization. It is a multidisciplinary effort, and involves people, approval processes, control elements, accountability issues, and organizational politics. The selection of tools and infrastructure design coupled with an automation strategy are critical factors to success. Beyond that, it's all about good old-fashioned planning and execution.
Kumar was the lead program manager with Microsoft's Systems Management Server 2003 team, and worked closely on its development, making him an expert on SCCM network environments. He was also lead program manager with the Windows NT Networking team. He has received five patents related to his work on SMS 2003 at Microsoft and has written more than 50 publications, including a book on Windows programming. While at Microsoft, Kumar also authored the Thinkweek paper for Bill Gates that became Project Greenwich, now known as Microsoft Office Communications Server / Lync.
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