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70-240 in 15 minutes a week: Installing Windows 2000 Professional

70-240 in 15 minutes a week: Installing Windows 2000 Professional

By ServerWatch Staff (Send Email)
Posted Mar 18, 2001


by Dan DiNicolo
Welcome to my first article in what will be a weekly series aimed at current MCSEs preparing to write the 70-240 Windows 2000 upgrade exam (though anyone writing the 4 core exams will find it useful).

Would you be willing to spare 15 minutes per week to pass your Windows 2000 MCSE upgrade exam? 

That certainly doesn't sound too tough. Welcome to my first article in what will be a weekly series aimed at current MCSEs preparing to write the 70-240 Windows 2000 upgrade exam (though anyone writing the 4 core exams will find it useful). The idea behind this series came from discussions with many of my corporate students, who were balking at pursuing the new certification because of the amount of time and effort involved. What I'm here to tell you is that as both a trainer and consultant, I understand how difficult it is to find the time to put into preparing for exams - especially if you're interested in having something that vaguely resembles a life outside of work! I know you don't have time to sit down and read 3 or 4 books, so here's what I'm going to do. Every week I'm going to write an article that maps to a particular exam topic from 70-240. I am not going to bombard you with details, but instead provide the most important facts, as well as links to more comprehensive articles on a topic-by-topic basis. The idea is that if you prepare a little at a time, it won't hurt so much, and within a few months you'll be ready to write (and hopefully pass!) the exam. I think you can handle reading a few pages a week. Remember, the idea is to get you prepped - with me helping by doing some of the legwork for you!

The first topic that we're going to take a look at is the Installing Windows 2000 Professional. I know this immediately appears to be a 'skip this' topic, but installation options in Windows 2000 have changed significantly, and it is something you'll need to know for the exam. The items we'll cover in this article include:

- Meeting Upgrade / Hardware Requirements
- Standard Installation Options
- Imaging Windows 2000 Professional
- Unattended Installations
- Remote Installation Services 
- Deploying Service Packs


Meeting Upgrade / Hardware Requirements

The following operating systems can be upgraded to Windows 2000 Professional:

- Windows 95 (all versions and OSRs)
- Windows 98 (all versions and OSRs)
- Windows NT 3.51 and 4 (with or without any service pack)

The following are the minimum hardware requirements:

- P133 Processor
- 32 MB RAM (64 MB recommended)
- 2GB hard disk with at least 650 MB free space.

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