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Upgrading to W2K from 4.0

By rgrowcock ·
I'm getting ready, in the next week or so, to upgrade all of the pc's in my network to W2K. The problem that I have ran into so far, with the boxes that I have already upgraded, is that if the upgrade hangs, all of my environments are lost. In an ideal world where everything worked as advertised, that wouldn't be an issue. But nothing ever works that well for me. What I would like to know, if anyone has any ideas on the subject, is how I can maintain a users desktop, all icons, and program files when I upgrade. Even if the system crashes during the install. I don't run any type of profiles at this time. All user profiles are maintained on their local machine. I know, I know, that's not a good idea, but my users are software engineers and they are like that. Whether or not I like it, they are just smart enough to cause MANY headaches, but also provide job security(?).
Any help or suggestions will be GREATLY received and appreciated. I just don't want to haveto spend a lot of time re-installing programs, should the upgrades go bad. Thanks in advance everyone that responds. Roger, r.growcock@kadasystems.com

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by kenalmoore In reply to Upgrading to W2K from 4.0

This sounds like you are trying to upgrade each workstation individually.
We do this by using Image Cast or Norton Ghost, creat an image with the OS and all software installed and a boot disk. Boot from the Workstation and install across the network or create a CD with an image for each specfic hardware configuration.
This is much easier and you can always fix alot of BSOD and user problems this way.
Hope this is a big help.

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by kenalmoore In reply to Upgrading to W2K from 4.0

With most of the 3rd party image software, the SID is recreated after the image is installed and before the first reboot.
If concerned about user data, copy the profile to a server along with, My Documents and any Favorites. We do this routinly, Iwork as Desktop Engineer for a large insurance company.
I understand your concerns, give the image a try!!

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by rgrowcock In reply to Upgrading to W2K from 4.0

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by wood_jared In reply to Upgrading to W2K from 4.0

I agree with the above answer... except norton ghost. we had a lot of problems with th pc's that were imaged using ghost. We switched to Drive Image Pro and we have been very happy with it. Hope that helps.

Jared

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by rgrowcock In reply to Upgrading to W2K from 4.0

I've got Drive Image and will give that a try. Thanks.

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by rgrowcock In reply to Upgrading to W2K from 4.0

Thanks for the suggestions, but my main concern is what becomes of the SIDs? How are they updated? For new systems this looks fine, but I'm upgrading and no wanting to look user info.

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by rgrowcock In reply to Upgrading to W2K from 4.0

Serious "fat-fingering" going on. It should read "...not wanting to lose user info." Sorry about that.

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by rgrowcock In reply to Upgrading to W2K from 4.0

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