Now that you’ve been thoroughly introduced to what’s new, what’s hot, and what’s not in Windows Server 2003, the time has come to install the operating system on your machines. Installing Windows Server 2003 is easy: the fun comes in configuring and customizing the operating system. I begin this chapter by covering the installation options and how you can install the operating system using a CD-ROM. Then I devote a large part of this chapter to unattended installations, automated deployment, and batch machine imaging because you can gain a significant time savings by letting your computer handle as many of the tedious installation tasks as possible. Let’s jump in and get started.
As with any operating system, Windows Server 2003 comes with optional components that add or extend functionality in addition to the components that are required for everyday use. In this section, I’ll outline these optional components, explain their function, and guide you as to whether you should install them.