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Microsoft® Windows Server™ 2003 Administrator's Companion, 2nd Edition by Jason Gerend, Sharon Crawford, Charlie Russel

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Chapter 4. Planning Deployment

Contrary to what some system administrators we’ve worked with seem to think, the first step in deployment is not inserting a CD into a brand new server. Inserting the CD is really the last, and easiest, stage of the deployment process, when you’ve already done all your homework. The real work of deployment is all the planning and negotiating and preparing that comes first.

Deployment involves a good deal more than merely installing an operating system, even a network operating system. We’ll get to the specifics of deployment—application installation and configuration, file and print services, the Active Directory ...

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