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Installing Windows 2000

girish rateshwar
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Dear all,
I have a couple of brand new machines without a CDROM drive.Is there any way in which i can install windows using the network.
Scenario:
45 machines are running windows 2000 professional.
these new 2 machines dont have a CDROM, and dont want to open the casing as well.


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Matt Cao
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Hi,
Have you created a Window 2000 directory on network for a situation like this to happen? But the license is for business not individual consumer. Futhermore, I only assume your pc already have network interface module.
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Randall Twede
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win 2000 can be installed over the network. i don't really know enough to tell you how, just that it is possible.
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Ashok Mash
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You need to get your machine boot with network card identified. I don't know how this can be done to connect to Windows 2000, but 'LANg LANg ago' , I used to boot with floppy, using commands to pick up the network (ipx, netx) and then log on to Novel Netware Network, and then install from a remote folder.
But I think this information is a bit outdated these days. Check if your machine has a bluetooth or something


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Dermot Curley
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Dont know about your Win 2000 network setup but if it has the following componants: DHCP server, DNS server and Active Directory, you could use Remote OS Installation (RIS)
If you are not farmilliar with the above, RIS is not for you but when it works it is a really good tool
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Randall Twede
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these new 2 machines dont have a CDROM, and dont want to open the casing as well.

im not sure why you say this, would it void some warranty or something? CDROM's are cheap and easy to install.
girish rateshwar
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Well i do have DHCP enabled on my server, and all i want to know is if i dump the i386 floder on network, how can i perform a network installations.
any inputs pls
girish rateshwar
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dear all,
how do i create a network boot disk?
any 1?
Michael Morris
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how do i create a network boot disk?
The short answer is you don't. To boot Windows 2000 from the network you must have a Windows 2000 Server running somewhere on the network which has the proper licensing set up. Uncle Bill wants you to pay before you play.
Well i do have DHCP enabled on my server, and all i want to know is if i dump the i386 floder on network, how can i perform a network installations.
That won't work.
these new 2 machines dont have a CDROM, and dont want to open the casing as well.
Do the machines have an OS running on them right now? If so you might try creating a virtual drive and copy an iso image of the install CD over to the two machines and try installing that way. I seriously doubt that it will work but who knows?


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Remote Installation Services is what you need to look at.
The link I provided is a step by step guide to installing and using a RIS. Of course, this is step-by-step in MS terms.


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