Chapter 8. OS Installation Strategies

This chapter is about installing the operating system of a machine and preparing it for use. There are many strategies for installing an OS, from fully manually to fully automated. How well we do this task influences everything else about the machine’s life. It also affects all other aspects of our IT department. It is a fundamental building block of our environment.

Do a good job of OS installation, and users are ready and able to do their jobs. They require less support from us, which saves us time. Do a bad job, and the user is unproductive. The support required becomes a larger and larger burden.

We have visited many IT departments, and the ones that were a disaster (the polite term is “low-performing”) ...

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