I want to deploy Windows XP in a Windows 2000 environment. I would like to do it with less intervention from the administration side. My question is: what method do you suggest to deploy Windows XP in a Windows 2000-based networked environment for 250 machines?
There are many other questions to consider, too. Is your network dispersed geographically? Do you have a lot of mobile users? Are you performing clean installations or upgrades? If you're performing clean installations, do users need to maintain their existing settings?
My suggestion is that you hire a consultant for a day or two to go over your requirements and infrastructure and then make a recommendation. The two-day cost of such a consultant will pay big dividends by helping you get on the right track straight away.
This was first published in February 2004