[mswindowsxp] Re: unattended upgrade

  • From: Tahlia Thomas <tahlia@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: mswindowsxp@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Tue, 03 Jun 2003 01:25:55 -0400

We have almost 1400 systems. We are standardized on 6 base hardware
configurations, with custom hardware added to about 10% of the systems,
which makes the task easier. About 2/3 of the systems are in lab situations,
which standardizes the software load for each lab group of 3 - 30 systems.

Our standard base image includes utilities (e.g. antivirus & security),
office app's, network settings, and all updates & patches. We install this
on one system for each lab, add the custom app's, verify the hardware
configuration & software functionality, and then image out from the test
machine to the rest of the lab using Altiris RapiDeploy. After imaging, we
rename the systems & join them to the appropriate domain.

We group classroom podium systems, instructor's office systems, and
administrative office systems by type; then follow a similar scenario. We
are using Exchange server, so we only have to save documents and favorites
from individual systems. These are copied and/or exported to our imaging
server, then copied back down to the upgraded system. We document individual
app's & drive mappings; then reinstall them after the upgrade.

We tested & implemented group policy & login script control of as many items
as possible (such as security settings & drive mappings) prior to the
rollout. This also decreases the amount of tech intervention required after
upgrade.

-----Original Message-----
From: mswindowsxp-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
[mailto:mswindowsxp-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx]On Behalf Of Matt Fowler
Sent: Monday, June 02, 2003 8:10 AM
To: mswindowsxp@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [mswindowsxp] Re: unattended upgrade

How many machine's did you send the image to? What tool did you use? We are
upgrading from NT to XP, likely using either LANDesk or Altiris Management
Suite's. We have about 850 machine's and each of them have multiple
specialty application's that would need installed. Thus far, upgrade seems
more likely for us.


At 05:15 PM 5/31/2003 -0400, you wrote:
>We tested unattended upgrades to XP extensively on 2000 & 98 systems, and
>decided against it. We had too many glitches involving system downtime &
>tech intervention.
>
>We decided to create a base image file for each type of system & install it
>over the LAN; then add any custom apps. This solution is less
>labor-intensive (even when saving user data & settings), and 100%
>successful.
>
>Tahlia Thomas
>Coordinator, Academic Computing Labs
>Schoolcraft College
>
>-----Original Message-----
>From: mswindowsxp-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
>[mailto:mswindowsxp-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx]On Behalf Of Matt Fowler
>Sent: Wednesday, May 28, 2003 10:21 AM
>To: mswindowsxp@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
>Subject: [mswindowsxp] unattended upgrade
>
>Has anyone had any experience setting up an unattended XP installation? We
>are looking to upgrade from NT 4.0 to XP and I was curious if anyone had
>any unattended sample files or websites I could browse.
>
>Thanks in advance.
>
>Matt Fowler
>LAN Specialist
>(847)925-6113
>mfowler@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
>
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LAN Specialist
(847)925-6113
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