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

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Installing Windows 2000 Professional

Hardware 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

Filesystems

FAT (file allocation table)

Originally implemented by DOS; limited to 8-character file names with 3-character extensions; partitions up to 2 GB

FAT32

Implemented by Windows 95 (OSR2 and later) and Windows 98; provides for more reliable storage and more efficient use of space; partitions up to 4 TB (terabytes)

NTFS (NT filesystem)

Supported only by Windows NT 4.0 and Windows 2000; supports long filenames; partitions up to 16 EB (exabytes); fault tolerance, security, encryption (in Windows 2000), and compression

Upgrading to Windows 2000

Hardware compatibility check:

winnt32 /checkupgradeonly
From Windows 95/98: Preserves some settings
From Windows NT: Preserves Control Panel settings, network configuration, registry settings, Start menu contents, desktop layout, preferences for some utilities, security settings

Unattended Installation

Answer file: Specifies options for installation
Setup Manager: Creates answer files, SYSPREP files, remote installation scripts
Disk Duplication: System Preparation Tool (SYSPREP) creates generic system; may require ...

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