You can install Windows XP Professional over the network. This lesson discusses the similarities and differences between installing from a CD-ROM and installing over the network. The major difference is the location of the source files needed for installation. This lesson also lists the requirements for an over-the-network installation.
In a network installation, the Windows XP Professional installation files are located in a shared location on a network file server, which is called a distribution server. From the computer on which you want to install Windows XP Professional (the target computer), you connect to the distribution server and then run the Setup program.
Figure 2.6 shows the requirements for a network installation.
Installing Windows XP Professional requires you to do the following:
The Setup program copies the installation files to the target computer and creates the Setup boot disks. After Setup copies the installation files, you start the installation on the target computer by booting from the Setup boot disks. From this point, you install Windows XP Professional as you would from a CD-ROM.
Figure 2.7 shows the process for installing Windows XP Professional over the network.
Installing Windows XP Professional over the network involves the following steps:
On the target computer, boot from a floppy disk that includes a network client or start another operating system that can be used to connect to the distribution server.
After you start the network client on the target computer, connect to the shared folder on the distribution server that contains the Windows XP Professional installation files.
WINNT.EXE and WINNT32.EXE reside in the shared folder on the distribution server.
Running WINNT.EXE or WINNT32.EXE from the shared folder does the following:
Setup restarts the local computer and begins installing Windows XP Professional.
You can modify an over-the-network installation by changing how WINNT.EXE runs Setup. Table 2.3 lists the switches you can use with WINNT.EXE and describes their functions.
Table 2.3 WINNT.EXE Switches
You can modify an over-the-network installation by changing how WINNT32.EXE runs Setup. Table 2.4 lists the switches you can use with WINNT32.EXE and describes their functions.
Table 2.4 WINNT32.EXE Switches
The following questions will help you determine whether you have learned enough to move on to the next lesson. If you have difficulty answering these questions, review the material in this lesson before beginning the next lesson. The answers are in Appendix A, "Questions and Answers."