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5 PC's with no CD ROM, new install.

By cyberghost_1 ·
I have a job for a Cyber Cafe, I built them 11 PC's. The owner wanted 6 with CD ROM and Floppy, and 6 just with Floppy. Since I built them, the HDD is blank, I was told that there is a way to connect these 5 PC's w/o CD ROM's to the Primary PC( Server.) So I can install WinXP Pro, Norton 2005, Office, Coral....etc...The network isn't up yet, so how do I do this? Connecting a PC that still needs to be formatted, so I can install the OS and transfer all the other data to it? ASAP, the inauguration was on Saturday, and I have no idea how to get these 5 PC's w/o CD ROMS operational. Sad isn't it, that I can build them but I have no clue how to link them together to install the OS without a CD ROm installed....Please Help !!!!!!!!!

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by maxwell edison In reply to 5 PC's with no CD ROM, ne ...

Why can't you simply install a CD-ROM drive, temporarily, to do the software installs, and when everything's installed and configured, you can then remove the drive?

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by cyberghost_1 In reply to

I know that but, I figured out to use norton Ghost

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by willcomp In reply to 5 PC's with no CD ROM, ne ...

Good idea Max. Simple and elegant.

Another alternative is to ghost drives (duplicate hard drives) if all PCs are nearly identical (same mobo and CPU type).

You can't connent to a network without an OS.

Dalton

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by willcomp In reply to

Why don't you take some time and rate answers from your previous question. Obviouly you got the system set likely using our input.

You need to do your part as well.

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by willcomp In reply to

To duplicate a drive, you will need:

1. A copy of Norton Ghost
2. A boot disk (recommend essential boot disk from link below).

Copy ghost.exe to boot disk.

Connect blank HDD as secondary master.

Boot from floppy and run ghost.

Select drive to drive in menus.

Select HDD with OS installed as source drive and blank HDD as target.

Copy.

Note: Newer versions of Ghost will run from within Windows, but I have had better success running from floppy. Also recommend Ghost 2002 for HDD duplication. It seems to produce fewer errors.

http://freepctech.com/pc/002/files010.shtml

Dalton

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by cyberghost_1 In reply to

Right on the money

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by CG IT In reply to 5 PC's with no CD ROM, ne ...

use a PXE enabled NIC on all non CD Pcs. on your "server" run DHCP server. Create a distribution share with the image you want on the PCs then use the UNC \\<server>\<distribution share>. Make sure you have a good answer file made up for an unattended installation of the O/S. Lots of articles on remote installation on the microsoft help and support site that gives step by step remote installation of a image to target computers.

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by CG IT In reply to

there are attended and unattended installations of an O/S via a RIS server on a network to computers with PXE NICs.

here's a link to RIS and remote installation of an operating system
http://www.microsoft.com/windows2000/techinfo/planning/management/remotesteps.asp

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by CG IT In reply to

I do it all the time when we phase out old computers and add new ones. Works like a champ.

Now for the cybercafe guy, might be a little more involved than he really needs. Maxwell's advise is a lot less hassle but for info purposes, you can install an O/s remotely.

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