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    Right now our process for deploying PCs is as follows:
    1. Buy new model of PC
    2. Install Windows from CD
    3. Install all the required software
    4. Configure user profiles and overwrite Default User profile
    5. Boot from BartPE CD
    6. Use "Image for Windows" to take an image of the HDD and save it to the network
    7. Boot the second new PC from BartPE CD
    8. Use "Image for Windows" to pull the saved image to the second PC


    It's a pretty time consuming process. We're looking to use something like RIS or Microsoft SMS to streamline the process. What I don't really understand is...well...a couple of things. But first, if I'm using RIS, how do I create an image of the fully configured machine? Is that even possible?

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    Re: Remote Installation of Windows XP

    If you are using Windows 2003 SP2 or later (200 you better might have a look at WDS.
    Last edited by Dumber; 8th October 2008, 21:21.
    Marcel
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    • #3
      Re: Remote Installation of Windows XP

      Yep, WDS is the way to go. RIS is being deprecated in favor of WDS (although you can still use RIS if you'd like). You might also look into a third party product like Acronis, etc.

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      • #4
        Re: Remote Installation of Windows XP

        Originally posted by joeqwerty View Post
        Y(although you can still use RIS if you'd like).
        ...with the rider that you cannot install Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2. If you do, RIS will be replaced with WDS.


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        • #5
          Re: Remote Installation of Windows XP

          Originally posted by Stonelaughter View Post
          ...with the rider that you cannot install Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2. If you do, RIS will be replaced with WDS.
          Legacy use is still available even after SP2 is installed.
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          • #6
            Re: Remote Installation of Windows XP

            Originally posted by biggles77 View Post
            Legacy use is still available even after SP2 is installed.
            Do you have a reference for this? My organisation has withheld SP2 from ALL of our RIS servers because "they would be upgraded to WDS" if we rolled it out. With a Microsoft reference I would be able to convince them to proceed with the rollout of SP2 on currency and security grounds.


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            • #7
              Re: Remote Installation of Windows XP

              I believe that with SP2 RIS will be updated to WDS but I'm sure you still can deploy legacy RIS images.
              Marcel
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              • #8
                Re: Remote Installation of Windows XP

                Originally posted by Dumber View Post
                I believe that with SP2 RIS will be updated to WDS but I'm sure you still can deploy legacy RIS images.
                I've found that to be true. In the admin tools, there is a WDS Legacy MMC that works just like RIS. Also, you don't need R2, just SP2.

                WDS looks to be quite a promising but I've got a problem with it (already). I'll post that to a separate thread.

                Thanks.

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                • #9
                  Re: Remote Installation of Windows XP

                  Stonelaughter, check out this page: http://nzschooltech.blogspot.com/200...auses-ris.html

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                  • #10
                    Re: Remote Installation of Windows XP

                    Originally posted by mhashemi View Post
                    Also, you don't need R2, just SP2.
                    I know, It was actually a typo.. I've changed it
                    Marcel
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                    • #11
                      Re: Remote Installation of Windows XP

                      Originally posted by Stonelaughter View Post
                      Do you have a reference for this? My organisation has withheld SP2 from ALL of our RIS servers because "they would be upgraded to WDS" if we rolled it out. With a Microsoft reference I would be able to convince them to proceed with the rollout of SP2 on currency and security grounds.
                      Will have to search and see if I can find the document that this was published in. However this method is/has/was being used in most schools in Victoria (OZ) both Govt and non Govt (close to 3,000 schools) without any dramas.

                      Set it up in a Lab, install RIS before you install SP2. Works a treat. PXE Rules!!

                      [Added info]
                      Looked for links but unfortuately all the articles are in a private forum I am unable to give you access to.
                      Last edited by biggles77; 9th October 2008, 14:31.
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                      • #12
                        Re: Remote Installation of Windows XP

                        I'd like to come back to this topic. I get WDS up and running and captured an image. However, when I pulled it back down, I found that it had disregarded the customization I'd done to the Default User profile. That's not okay.

                        So then, what are my other options? Are there any options that'll allow us to place a shortcut on the user's desktop (or somewhere else they can get to it) that they can click and have the PC re-image all by itself?

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                        • #13
                          Re: Remote Installation of Windows XP

                          What user account did you copy to the Default User? Was it the correct one?What customisation was trashed?
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                          2 2 was 1 2.
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                          • #14
                            Re: Remote Installation of Windows XP

                            Have you placed the default user profile in the netlogon share?
                            Marcel
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                            http://blog.nessus.nl

                            MCITP(EA, SA), MCSA/E 2003:Security, CCNA, SNAF, DCUCI, CCSA/E/E+ (R60), VCP4/5, NCDA, NCIE - SAN, NCIE - BR, EMCPE
                            "No matter how secure, there is always the human factor."

                            "Enjoy life today, tomorrow may never come."
                            "If you're going through hell, keep going. ~Winston Churchill"

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                            • #15
                              Re: Remote Installation of Windows XP

                              biggles77, the desktop and start menu don't have the settings we want. I know the profile is fine because before pushing the capture image to our WDS server, I imaged it like normal (and ran sysprep).

                              Dumber, no, the default profile is just local and not on the DC. It is in c:\documents and settings\default user. Is that not possible with WDS?

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