Learn Windows XP Professional: Remote Installation Services (Page 3)
May 9, 2002
computers that support remote installation must either meet
the Net PC specification (which is, effectively, a
system which can perform a network boot) or have a network
adapter card with a PXE boot ROM and BIOS support for
starting from the PXE boot ROM.
The RIS service provides the Windows 2000 Remote Boot Disk Generator if your system does support starting from the PXE boot ROM. You can create a Remote Boot Disk by typing <DRIVE LETTER> RemoteInst\Admin\i386\rbfg in the RUN box or at a command prompt. (The drive letter is the drive where you installed the RIS services and will vary from server to server.)
The boot disk simulates the PXE boot process on your system when your network card does not have the required PXE boot ROM for a RIS installation. (Again, only a small number of PCI network cards currently support using the Remote Boot Disk. This includes mainly 3COM and a small cross section of other major vendors.)
The user account used to perform a RIS installation must be assigned the user right of "Log On as a Batch Job". The users must also be assigned permission to create computer accounts in the domain they are joining if this has not been done ahead of time. There are other factors as well, such as prestaging a client. For the purposes of this overview, we will go through a "plain vanilla" RIS installation from a boot floppy.
When the client system starts from the boot floppy you would press F12 when prompted to boot from the network.
Installation Wizard will start and you will need to supply a
valid user name and password for the domain you're joining
as well as the DNS name of the domain. Once this is done you
can press Enter to continue.
Well, that's a wrap for this week.
In next week's installment I will go over Troubleshooting the Windows XP Professional Setup.
Until then, best of luck in your
studies and please feel free to contact me with any
questions on my column and remember,