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Emergency Repair disk

By baba6 ·
I have 25 workstation w/NT 4.0 on them.
Do I have to make 1 ERD for each one or can I just make one that will work on all 25 computers? All the boot.ini are exactly the same on all 25 machines.

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by mrvalko In reply to Emergency Repair disk

ERD contains information from registry. Some of it is unique for every computer - about security, hardware, installed software, user settings. It is better to make different ERD for every WS. If all computers have the same hardware, one ERD will help in repair process, but will corrupt some settings. ERD is used to repair an installation and still make a mess. I prefer new clean installation. You cannot boot from ERD. You can start boot process from diskette, but system32\ is needed . If you want to repair, make many ERD. I would make 1 ERD, 1 start disk to initiate boot from floppy and disk image with new installation, if all computers are the same type.

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by bjp56 In reply to Emergency Repair disk

Absolutely, an ERD for every machine. Even if the machines are identical, there may be enough difference for it to bite you in the butt. You should get in the habit of making an ERD everytime you put a machine on line, replace/install hardware/software, or reinstall NT. Make sure you label the disk identifying it to that machine and putting it in a safe and accessable location.

As far as the boot disks, you can get away with one set. For the time it takes you to make these disks, it may save you 10 fold in heartache later.

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