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Rebuilding NT 4 Workstations, Part II

By jbeidle ·
I seem to have closed the previous thread prematurely. I am seeking additional responses to this question:

Our experience shows that, after about a year on the average, computers with NT Workstation need to be rebuilt. We feel this is caused by normal wear and tear, improper shutdowns, excessive fragmentation, etc. This condition is "common knowledge" to the tech-grunts, but our boss was surprised when I mentioned it at the last staff meeting. He asked me to get him outside documentation on the phenomena.

What I'm looking for is other people's experiences with how long a NT4 Workstation lasts before it must be rebuilt. I believe he wants to use this for planning data. All responses are welcome, and I would particularly like to hear from shops with 200 to 600 computers.

We use GHOST to rebuild these computers, so down time is about an hour, depending on what additional software must be installed.

Note: Please be as specific as you can about your workstation's life-cycle. Ihad several good res

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by RMmcp In reply to Rebuilding NT 4 Workstati ...

As fas as "Rebuild", do you mean reinstall NT and programs?

Well, I've heard of this phenomenon, but I haven't actually experienced it. I've found that developing a monthly maintenance checklist for users fixes allot of "problems". I have Workstations that have been in use for 3+ years.

My monthly (minimum) checklist includes the following: Step by step
1. How to delete .tmp files.
2. Empty the Temp directories.
3. Run Disk Keeper to defrag. it.

I use DK Lite on Workstations. Unfortunately, you can't schedule defrags with it. If you want to spend the money, the Pro version is the way to go. That is what I use on the Servers.
I've adopted the policy that when a user calls for help, one of the first thing they're ask is if the maintenance checklist has been done that month. I've also found that it's worth the time to teach or make sure a new user understands how to perform the maintenance. The time saved in the long run is well worth it.
Now the biggest reinstall problem I've run into is when

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by RMmcp In reply to Rebuilding NT 4 Workstati ...

I'll finish that last comment:
Now, the biggest reinstall problem I've ran into is when a user installs programs or peripherals we're not aware of. And allot of users are not aware of the compatibility differences between NT and Win 95/98. So, whenit won't boot, there goes another service call.

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