Table 1: Features of the Three Windows 2000 Deployment Methods

Network Installation Points Disk Imaging Techniques Remote Installation Service
CD distribution Easily Difficult No
Customized distribution Highly customizable Slightly customizable Slightly customizable
Customized image Slightly customizable Highly customizable Highly customizable
Documents and settings Preserved Requires additional technology Requires additional technology
Hardware detection Full hardware detection during setup process Plug and Play detection on similarly configured computers Plug and Play detection on similarly configured computers
Image management No Yes Yes
Installation time Slow Fast Slow
Network bandwidth Inefficient Efficient Inefficient
Simplicity Very simple Moderately complex Very complex
Third-party applications Some per-machine applications All per-machine applications All per-machine applications
Upgrade earlier Windows Yes No No