LISA 1998 Abstract
AutoInstall for NT: Complete NT Installation Over the Network
Robert Fulmer and Alex Levine
Lucent Technologies, Bell Labs
paper describes how we take a bare PC and turn it into a fully
functioning NT desktop machine with a standard set of applications in
less than 30 minutes. In 1996 we identified OS and application loading
as a significant portion of our workload. Loading NT, loading our
standard suite of applications, and configuring each of them to our
specifications took 4 to 8 hours. This process was prone to errors that
were not detected until months later. We automated the process so that
an SA with our special boot disk can do the entire process in 30 minutes
(60 minutes on a slow network). We do an actual NT installation. We do
not clone. With our new system, a single SA can deploy up to 20 PC’s
per day as opposed to just 1 or 2 per day.
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