Let’s be honest, the learning curve for ASI is a bit steep. ASI has huge value for anyone who has to install on OS more than once per release. It occurred to me that people might need an easy way to setup the server and investigate what it can do without having to invest a lot of time. With that in mind, here are the steps I recommend anyone who finds automated deployment of Windows even remotely interesting follow. This is not, of course, how I’d recommend you deploy ASI. The point here is to allow you to experience the value of ASI. Once you’ve seen it work, I think you’ll be sold and more than willing to invest the time necessary to set it up right, which honestly isn’t that much more.
You’ll need two systems, one to be the server and one to be the client. Obviously these should be test systems, not production systems. The two systems need an Ethernet connection to each other.