Hacks #62-68

Administering Windows-based networks begins with deployment, and the focus of this chapter is on how to manage the installation (and uninstallation) of Windows 2000/XP/2003 and its individual components. In particular, the first several hacks deal with Remote Installation Services (RIS) and Sysprep, two powerful but complex tools for installing Windows images on large numbers of machines. Other hacks deal with removing unnecessary components manually from the command line, removing components during unattended setup, and creating a network boot disk for unattended installation of Windows. These tips and tools are designed to make the job of deploying Windows easier so that you can get on with the day-to-day job of configuring, maintaining, and troubleshooting systems on your network.