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#1 jmcsfr

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Posted 20 February 2010 - 09:03 PM

any ideas on the fastest way to install xp over lan? I would like it to work for any computer thats hooked up to the lan. thanks

#2 MedEvil

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Posted 20 February 2010 - 09:26 PM

Install under 5min?
If all computers in your network are identical, you can try, if you get an image installed that fast.

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Posted 21 February 2010 - 12:34 AM

well it doesn't have to be under 5 minutes i would just like to be able to just run through an xp install as fast as possible without using a cd. They won't be the same machines its just for mass repair setup. There will be a variety. any time reduced from the normal install time is great but I still want it to be over lan and involving pxe if this is possible. I have a pxe setup that will boot windows xp installs with syslinux it'd be nice to go a little faster.

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Posted 21 February 2010 - 12:40 PM

If you already have a pxe setup, the only way to improve speed would be to eighter reduce the XP that should be installed with nlite or to switch to Gigabit LAN.

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#5 Wonko the Sane

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Posted 21 February 2010 - 01:11 PM

There are different approaches, iscsi and sdi.c32, here are the main topics about them:
http://www.boot-land...?...ic=7964&hl=
http://www.boot-land...?showtopic=7697
http://www.boot-land...?showtopic=2798
http://www.boot-land...?showtopic=9802


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#6 DSpider

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Posted 21 February 2010 - 04:56 PM

Has anyone tried installing it and then copying all the files on drive C: to a USB stick and "deploying" them onto another drive ? Of course you still need to fix the MBR, but you could also use grub4dos with a default time of 0 (zero) seconds.

Copying should be done from another OS, of course. Like a LiveCD or something or hooking the HDD up to another computer.

#7 MedEvil

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Posted 21 February 2010 - 05:05 PM

Has anyone tried installing it and then copying all the files on drive C: to a USB stick and "deploying" them onto another drive ?

That will only work on identical or close enough to identical machines, since the first stage of install has already happened.

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Posted 21 February 2010 - 09:27 PM

I meant the default install. No drivers or anything like that. And the MBR could easily be restored with HDHacker (if on a Windows machine, tho it runs fine through Wine as well).

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Posted 21 February 2010 - 09:36 PM

I meant the default install. No drivers or anything like that.

Yes, i know, that's why i wrote the above.

XP install works in two steps. Text based setup and graphical setup. Already after the text based setup (copying from CD to HDD or alike) the XP is changed to fit this specific type of machine. And this may also include specific drivers so that XP can even start from HDD.

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Posted 22 February 2010 - 09:05 AM

XP install works in two steps. Text based setup and graphical setup. Already after the text based setup (copying from CD to HDD or alike) the XP is changed to fit this specific type of machine. And this may also include specific drivers so that XP can even start from HDD.

I wonder WHY Galapo took the time to write OfflineSysprep :smiling9::
http://www.911cd.net...hp?showforum=43

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