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Using Alternative Methods of Installation

Several alternative methods can be used to install Windows .NET Server 2003. By using deployment tools such as Remote Installation Services (RIS), System Preparation (Sysprep), Remote Installation Preparation (RIPrep), Unattend files, and Group Policy (with Systems Management Server, or SMS), you can create images and scripts to match your server installation with various scenarios. Table 3.3 shows the available methods of installation.

Table 3.3 Deployment Tools and Their Uses

 

Unattend

RIS

Sysprep

GP/SMS

Basic installation

X

X

X

 

Upgrade

X

 

 

X

Dissimilar hardware

X

X

 

X

Image-based installation

 

X

X

 

Operating system and applications installed together

 

X

X

X

AD required

 

X

 

X


The following sections will give you some information about these other installation options.

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