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Windows NT automated deployment and customization
Puckett, Richard.
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Publication Information:
Indianapolis, IN : Macmillan Technical Pub., [1998]

Physical Description:
306 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
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Includes index.
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QA76.76.O63 P834 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Windows NT Deployment is a reference for system administrators and system engineers, the only book available on automating and customizing deployment in WNT environments. The book begins by explaining how to automate the installation of NT itself. Then, it details proven strategies for customizing the installation to better meet the needs of each individual end-user. Next, it discusses how to automate the installation of other application software, as well as maintaining the security of the system throughout all of these processes.

Table of Contents

I Basic Configuration of an Unattended Installation
1 Why NT Workstation?
An Overview of NT Workstation 4.0
What's Wrong with NT "Out of the Box?" NT File System Permissions
The ACLs
Securing the System Registry
Service Packs and Hot Fixes
Network Protocols and Services
Deployment Planning and Methodology
Case Study: Communication Difficulties and Planning
Common Deployment Mistakes
Automating the Deployment Process
Checklist: Planning a Deployment
2 Creating a Distribution Share Point
What Is a Distribution Share Point? Creating a DSP
Subdirectories Necessary for the Automated Install
Case Study: ADA -Das SystemHaus GmbH
Troubleshooting Directory Structures in the DSP
Accessing the DSP Remotely
Accessing DSPs in Windows NT Domains
Accessing NetWare Networks
Accessing UNIX Systems
Push Installations of Windows NT
Files Unique to an Automated Installation of Windows NT
NAME.UDB, the Uniqueness Database File (UDF)
3 Creating Answer Files
The UNATTEND.TXT Explained
Case Study: Sikorsky Aircraft Financia Systems
Answer File Keys and Values
[(modern config section)]
[(Detect Adapters Section)]
[netcard parameter section)]
[(Protocols Section)]
[(NetBeui Parameters)]
[(IPX Parameters)]
[(Tcpip Parameters)]
[(DLC Parameters)]
[(Services Section)]
[(NetWare Client Parameters)]
[(Snmp Parameters)]
[(RAS Ports Section)]
Some Examples of Answer Files for Different Environments
Options for Automating Deployments of NT Server
AdvServerType= [LicenseFilePrintData]
AutoMode= AutoUsers=(decimal number)
InstallDc=(domain number)
InstallInternetServer=(IIS Parameters)
[(IIS Parameters)]
InstallNETSTP= InstallADMIN= InstallFTP= FTPRoot=(ftp root directory)
InstallGOPHER= GopherRoot=(gopher root directory
InstallDir=(internet services install directory)
InstallW3SAMP= InstallHTMLA= GuestAccountName=(name)
GuestAccountPassword=(password string)
Troubleshooting Answer Files
4 Customizing the Installation of NT
Uniqueness Database Files
Creating a .UDB File
Contents of a Sample .UDB File
Case Study: Fulbright & Jaworski
L.L.P. Installation Startup Parameters for Windows NT
Adding OEM Supplied Network Adapter Drivers
Replacing Device Drivers from the NT CD-ROM with Those from the Manufacturer
Scripting a Network Adapter .INF to be "Unattended-Aware."
Summary of the Process
Installing Specialized Video Adapters
More on Use of the TXTSETUP.OEM
File and Writing Custom Installation Files
The [Disks] Section
The [Defaults] Section
The [Component] Section
The [Files.component
The [KeyName] Section
The [Config
KeyName] Section
More on Value Types and Corresponding Value Entries
Adding and Removing NT's Accessories
Removing Unnecessary Applications
The Briefcase
The Welcome Screen
Disabling the Installation of MS Exchange and Explorer
Troubleshooting UDBs, Startup Parameters, Specialized Adapter
Errors, and Custom Scripts
II Advanced Configuration of an Unattended Installation
5 Installing Additional Applications
The CMDLINES.TXT File and How It Works
Case Study: University of Canterbury Library, New Zealand
Adding Applications to the Installation
REG Files
MSOFFICE.BAT. IntranetWare
Client 32 Using SYSDIFF
Direct Application of .IMG Files
Expanding .IMG Files with /INF. SYSDIFF Error Codes
REG Files
Service Pack Updates
Applying Hotfixes
Installing and Configuring Printers
6 Securing Desktop Environments