Learn Windows XP Professional: Remote Installation Services (Page 3) Page 3

Starting the RIS Client

Client 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.

Some client computers that have certain supported PCI network adapter cards can use the remote installation boot disk as well.

This support is somewhat limited and can only be used with certain motherboards, as the BIOS settings for booting the system from the network need to be configurable.

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.

The Client 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.

You are then given the option of performing an Automatic Setup, Custom Setup, Restart a Previous Setup Attempt, or use the Maintenance and Troubleshooting Tools installed on the RIS server. You would choose one of the options and then press Enter.

The next screen will show a number of RIS images (including the default CD-based image) that you can use. (The number will depend on what has been placed on the server by the administrator and whether or not you have the proper access permission to read them.) Choose an image and then press Enter.

You will be presented with one last opportunity to verify that the settings are correct. Once you're sure that they are, you would press Enter to begin the RIS installation. When it is complete, Windows XP Professional will be deployed to the client system and available for use upon restart.

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,

"If you allow a bad guy to upload programs to your Web site, it's not your Web site anymore."

Jason Zandri


This article was originally published on May 9, 2002
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