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MCSE: Windows 2000 Exams in a Nutshell by Paul Murphy, Michael Moncur

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Installing Windows 2000 Professional

Windows 2000’s installation process is largely automated and relatively simple and includes a number of improvements over previous versions of Windows NT. This section examines the Windows 2000 installation process, from simple installations to large-scale automated installations.

Planning the Installation

Before installing Windows 2000 Professional on a computer, you should determine the computer’s compatibility with Windows 2000. You should also have an idea of the type of network and filesystems that will be used and the method of installation. These considerations are discussed in the sections that follow.

Hardware requirements

Before installing Windows 2000 Professional, be sure the computer meets the minimum hardware requirements. You should also consider the requirements of your users and network in selecting a machine. The minimum and recommended hardware for Windows 2000 Professional on Intel-based computers are described in Table 3-3.

Table 3-3. Windows 2000 Professional Requirements

Item

Minimum

Recommended

CPU

Pentium 133 MHz

Pentium 200 MHz or faster

RAM

32 MB

64 MB or more

Display

VGA

Super VGA or better

Hard disk

SCSI or IDE; 650 MB of space required for OS

2 GB or more

CD-ROM

SCSI or IDE (not required for network installations)

12X speed or faster

Network interface card

Not required

Any supported by NT; only required for network access

There are more specific requirements for each of these devices: for example, ...

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