Become your company's Win2K installation expert.
- By Roberta Bragg
Remember the first time you used Ghost to image
NT and then deploy multiple NT Workstations en
masse? Remember the duplicate SID problems that
surfaced later? We all learned from those experiences
as did Microsoft, which is why they provided new
tools and methodologies for mass rollouts with
Windows 2000. This book provides the details.
There are instructions on using Answer files,
the basics of Remote Installation Service (RIS),
SMS, SYSPREP and third party imaging products,
and the RIS advanced function, RIPREP, which is
similar to disk duplication.
A short section attempts to cover desktop management
as well—other resources do a better job.
Skip it and head over to the reference section
which includes a listing of common file extensions
(wow, I've been looking for this one), the answer
file syntax (hurrah!) and sample answer files.
reference to rolling out Windows
Con: Skip the desktop management
Verdict: Worth reading
before you roll out Windows 2000
on a large scale
Roberta Bragg, MCSE: Security, CISSP, Security+, and Microsoft MVP is a Redmond contributing editor and the owner of Have Computer Will Travel Inc., an independent firm specializing in information security and operating systems. She's series editor for Osborne/McGraw-Hill's Hardening series, books that instruct you on how to secure your networks before you are hacked, and author of the first book in the series, Hardening Windows Systems.