Choosing the Best Windows 2000 Deployment Method - Page 3

 By Jerry Honeycutt
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Keep in mind how Microsoft intends for you to use RIS. It's part of the IntelliMirror umbrella, which includes Roaming User Profiles, Offline Files and Folders, Redirected Folders, Software Installation and Maintenance, Group Policy, etc. After using RIS to reconfigure a computer with a new image, Windows 2000 downloads users' roaming profiles, redirects their My Documents Folders to the network, reinstalls their applications, and reapplies their settingsall without intervention. The idea here is to make it painless to replace machinesand this idea is much closer to reality now, due to RIS.

Choose Just One

Which of the three methods is best? The answer to that question lies in your requirements. To identify which method might be best for your enterprise, compare your requirements to Table 1. Look at each method's strengths and weakness. For example, if network bandwidth conservation is a requirement, you're probably going to toss out network installation points. On the other hand, if you support only 100 desktops, then simplicity and cost is a requirement and network installation points fit the bill.

Table 1: Features of the Three Windows 2000 Deployment Methods


Coming Next

In the next installment, I'll introduce you to the intricacies of writing answer files. You'll learn how to build them and then how to use them with the setup program. I'll show you how to use Setup Manager to get started and then how to refine the results to match your requirements. You'll also learn about some of the most important settings you should include in an answer file and why. Additionally, I'll describe the settings that will cause you the most grief and why you should avoid them. Last, I'll include a collection of scripts that you're free to use in your own Windows 2000 deployments. //

Jerry Honeycutt is an author, speaker, and technologist with over 25 books to his credit. He successfully uses RIS in his own small office.

This article was originally published on Dec 4, 2000
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