Best practices in Win2K deployment

Planning considerations for installation and deployment of Win2K.

Best practices in Win2K deployment
Microsoft Corp.

Chances are you have not deployed Windows 2000 in your organization, or that you have Win2k Pro, but not the whole nine yards. This tip, from Microsoft Corp., talks about some of the best practices you can follow when it finally comes time to deploy.
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Your ultimate goal when creating planning documents and formulating a deployment plan is to successfully deploy Windows 2000 using project management techniques that work in your organization. Here are some best practice suggestions identified by some early adopters of Windows 2000.

  • Reference your organizational chart and see how the management structure in your organization matches up against both your organizational needs and your network LAN links. Build an Active Directory infrastructure based on these considerations.
  • Determine what level of international functionality you want to achieve and what trade-offs you are willing to make to get there.
  • Schedule for an additional level of complexity in testing your product.
  • Plan your application setup around Windows Installer.
  • Decide how you will break down system administration responsibilities for your application and identify who will be given administrative permissions.
  • Determine what policies are enforced on a typical user's system.
  • Utilize the new components offered in Windows 2000. Integrate them wisely to minimize their impact on the performance of your application.
  • Schedule enough time for installing Windows 2000 server -- block out several hours, at the very least.
  • Add international issues to your Windows 2000 issue lists and you're your tracking systems.
  • Develop "working groups" to study task-based architecture decisions.
  • Write a good test plan and set up a test lab that exactly mirrors your production environment in terms of types of hardware and software in use.
  • Upgrade conservatively at first. You can speed up the process and rate of deployment as you start achieving success.

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Related Book

Windows 2000 Deployment and Desktop Management
Author : Jeffrey Ferris
Publisher : New Riders
Published : Apr 2000
Summary :
Some of Windows 2000's most anticipated features involve more powerful, effective, remote and unattended Windows client management. Windows 2000 Deployment and Desktop Management, written by one of the most experienced practitioners in the business, shows experienced administrators how to implement these technologies on their own networks. It is geared towards experience System Administrators, System Integrators, System Engineers and other IT professionals who are responsible for rolling out Windows 2000 Professional in an enterprise environment. This book focuses on the business drivers and in-depth technical requirements necessary to deploy Windows 2000 Professional to corporate workstation. The goal is to provide a strategy guide during the planning and implementation phases of roll-out, as well as technical reference throughout these phases and continuing into post-install support of the Windows 2000 Professional environment from a desktop management perspective.


This was first published in August 2001

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