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Steps Toward the Install

Follow these steps:

  1. Start by creating your basic Windows 2000 Professional image with all your required applications and configuration settings.

  2. Create a TEMP directory under %systemroot% (usually C:\WINNT). From here on, I'll reference this new directory as C:\WINNT\TEMP.

  3. Copy NETSET.EXE, TIMEOUT.EXE, and SHUTDOWN.EXE files to C:\WINNT\TEMP. You'll find these files in the Windows 2000 Server Resource Kit.

  4. Copy COMPNAME.VBS, FIXSHELL.REG, JOINDOM.INF, RUNAGAIN.REG, FIRSTBOOT.CMD, NETSETUP.CMD, and RUNAGAIN2.REG to C:\WINNT\TEMP. You'll find all of these files in DeployPak.zip.

  5. Modify JOINDOM.INF to join the correct domain (look for the JoinDomain=MYDOMAIN entry). In addition, you must either create an account named Install with a password of Cre8Account in your domain with the rights to create a computer account, or specify an existing account that already has these rights in your domain.

  6. Prepare your system for imaging, as described in article 1 of this series. Use the SYSPREP.INF file found in DeployPak.zip as a starting template for your SYSPREP.INF file. You'll need to enter a valid product key under the [UserData] section.

  7. Do not overlook the [GuiRunOnce] section or AutoLogon entries.

At this point, you're ready to take an image of the system with your favorite disk-imaging tool.

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