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 PostPost subject: Windows XP Network Installation        Posted: Thu Oct 02, 2008 6:17 am 
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I have this interesting little tablet thing from 2001. It doesn't have a floppy or CD, the dock has a CD but the BIOS won't recognize it. It can boot from USB floppy but not anything else USB. I don't have a USB floppy and I'm trying to avoid buying one. It will boot from the network (PXE). I don't feel like setting up Windows Server just to install Windows XP on one machine over the network. Is there some other software that does what RIS does that I can just install on an XP or Vista machine?


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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Thu Oct 02, 2008 8:07 am 
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Maybe run the server inside an Virtual Machine and then try to blow it onto the Tablet PC?

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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Thu Oct 02, 2008 8:30 pm 
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http://www.nu2.nu/bootdisk/network/

Put the XP files anywhere on the network, map the share, then install.


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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Thu Oct 02, 2008 9:36 pm 
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RentedMule wrote:
http://www.nu2.nu/bootdisk/network/

Put the XP files anywhere on the network, map the share, then install.


The only problem with that is that it requires a floppy disk...

I found this, I don't have it up and running yet though: http://www.ultimatedeployment.org/


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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Thu Oct 02, 2008 11:45 pm 
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Done.

This works great: http://www.ultimatedeployment.org/

It's not too difficult to setup. You have to run it as your DHCP server or have a DHCP server that you can configure PXE booting on. Luckily you can in DD-WRT, which I run on my router.

Also, I had some issue with a missing file. I had to find the file and figure out how to get it onto the UDA server, which took me a while. After that everything just worked.

The only thing is, the entire thing is distributed as a vmWare disk images/settings. I prefer to just use VirtualPC and ended up having to install vmWare on my computer. I wish they would distribute it in more than one format.


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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Fri Oct 03, 2008 11:22 am 
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Doesn't Windows FLP have better support from installing over a network?

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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Fri Oct 03, 2008 5:20 pm 
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QuiescentWonder wrote:
RentedMule wrote:
http://www.nu2.nu/bootdisk/network/

Put the XP files anywhere on the network, map the share, then install.


The only problem with that is that it requires a floppy disk...

I found this, I don't have it up and running yet though: http://www.ultimatedeployment.org/


Didn't you say that you could boot from a USB floppy?


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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Fri Oct 03, 2008 6:29 pm 
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squidward_ wrote:
Doesn't Windows FLP have better support from installing over a network?


Yeah it's "a fork of XPe" thus it's more or less designed for PXE installs, but would still require a Windows Server, and might not work well with any other PXE solution.

Also, he has a tablet, FLP doesn't have the pen drivers so thus the tablet would be pretty useless.


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http://oss.netfarm.it/guides/ris-linux.php
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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Sat Oct 04, 2008 1:47 am 
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1. I said that I don't have a USB floppy and that I'm trying to avoid buying one.
2. It's already done. RIS for Linux looks interesting though, I'll check it out if I ever have to do this again.


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