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By ebott ·
With less than three months until Windows 2000 hits the streets, I'm counting on your input to assemble the Mother of All Windows 2000 Upgrade Guides--just in time for the official launch party in February.
This week's Challenge is to build the definitive Windows 2000 Emergency Kit. Unfortunately, the Blue Screen of Death is alive and well in Windows 2000, as thousands of beta testers can testify. With my existing NT4 systems, I keep the original CD, service packs, boot disks, and an up-to-date Emergency Repair Disk nearby at all times. Is that strategy sufficient for Windows 2000, or do I need to do more? What would you put in your emergency kit besides boot disks? A copy of your r?sum?? Bill Gates' unlisted e-mail address? Add your suggestions to the list. I'll award valuable TechPoints--and maybe even a cool TechRepublic T-shirt--to the best contributions and post the results in two weeks. But don't delay--this challenge closes at the end of the day on Friday, December 3.

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by rstencel In reply to Preparing for disaster

One thing I would do is use Norton?s Ghost to make a Base Image of Each Different type of system you are going to install it on. It reduces down time if you have to start over and setup times of similar machines (when they update ghost walker to support 2000). ERD is a definite as long as you keep it up to date. Service Packs, hotfixes, boot disk and original software are a given. A Disaster recover guide for your particular environment should also be kept, incase you are not around and so you don?t miss any steps. If properly written and tested it saves you allot of time when a real emergency hits. It also helps with testing new software as you can use it to setup test environment that more closely duplicates your original environment. Of course this would have to be updated and retested for Win 2000 but the old one could help you if you need to revert back. The last thing I would recommend would be copies of all the 3rd party drivers for any hardware that requires them (latest versions, not orig

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by mktz In reply to Preparing for disaster

1)All necessary "Latest" drivers for hardware.
2)Win2000 server emergency repair disk.
3)Boot disk to boot to FAT partition.(If installed on one).
4)Latest info from technet on CD
5)A copy of windows 2000 handy.
6)A complete backup of your system files,registry.
7)Win 2000 ntfs boot disk to boot to edit boot.ini if necessary.

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by gary In reply to Preparing for disaster

All of the above would be essential for individual machines. You should plan this very carefully and for a time when you are able to recover if need be. So start on friday evening, take a crate of red bull, advise your spouse that you may only see them in a few days (this is a very real problem:-)). As a contingency you may want to book a one way flight for sunday evening?
Seriously, it depends on the machines and their purpose. Critical servers should be backed up completely, ghost or similaris quicker to use. Ensure you know each component of your machine, get the latest drivers (emulation) for all. A nice resource is www.betaos.com, they have some useful stuff. ERD's, installation media, boot disks, are essential, fat partition might be helpful but is this realistic, what self respecting domain admin would implement this anyway? Been using win2k for over two years now, beta 3 was temperamental but rc2 is very nice. Existing CDR and remote admin software is mostly not compatible with win2k. I think MS

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by TxITGuy In reply to Preparing for disaster

I haven't ever used Windows 2000, but if it's ANYTHING like Windows 98, expect it to crash and burn every 3 to 6 months. In addition to the above, I keep a tape backup of all my non-replaceable files. For Example, internet downloads, Pictures, Address Books, Email, Newsgroups, Buddy Lists, My Documents Folder. I'm on my second reinstallation now, and (judging by experience) will be reinstalling again in the next month.
I don't back up the entire system for two reasons:
1. The size (I havea small tape drive).
2. (and more important) I don't want to copy the system errors that caused the crash to begin with, that way I have more time before I have to do it again.
Ben Nelson

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by Top.Phrog In reply to Preparing for disaster

A copy of Corel WordPerfect Office 2000

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