Rollouts, Explained

Become your company's Win2K installation expert.

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.

Quick Review
Pro: Good reference to rolling out Windows 2000
Con: Skip the desktop management section
Verdict: Worth reading before you roll out Windows 2000 on a large scale

About the Author

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.

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