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

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Remote Installation Service (RIS)

You can remotely install Windows 2000 Professional on clients using a disk image or CD-ROM stored on a server using the Remote Installation Service. Client computers must have network cards that either are supported by the RIS boot disk, have Pre-Boot Execution Environment (PXE) ROMS, or are NetPC compliant.

Creating an RIS Boot Disk

If the client computer on which you’d like to install Windows 2000 Professional, the only OS currently supported by RIS, doesn’t have PXE ROMS, you’ll have to create an RIS boot disk. You can create the disk by performing the following steps (be sure you have a formatted floppy disk available in the drive of the computer you’re working on):

  1. Start the RBFG.EXE program.

  2. You’ll see the Windows 2000 Remote Boot Disk Generator screen. Choose Create Disk.

  3. A dialog box informing you that the process is complete will appear. Click on the Close button and remove the floppy disk.

Installing RIS on a Server

Choose a computer with a fast connection to the client computers to use as an RIS server. A lot of data must be sent from the server to the clients for the installation of Windows 2000 Professional. The RIS server setup will fail ...

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