Overview

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Failures

Resources

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Cast & Crew
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The Project

Once upon a time, in spring 2000 to be exact, a merry band of system managers from the Department of Electrical Engineering at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology set out on a mission, to apply their well tempered Unix knowledge to Windows 2000. Against all odds, they came back, mission accomplished (sort of) and were still able to tell their story.

The Goal

The plan was, to create a fully automated, server based, Windows 2000 setup. Fully automated in this context means two things:

  1. Basic tasks like, Client Installation, Server Setup, Application Deployment, Hotfix application and Account management happen without continous user intervention.
  2. The Setup is reproducible. This means that the whole system should constructed automatically from basic components.
We did achieve the first goal in all areas but the server setup. The second goal was more difficult but we still managed to get there often.

Site Map

This website is structured into several main toppics. You can see them on the navigation bar on the left side of the screen.

Details

Here we give an in-depth explanation of all aspects of our setup.

Downloads

We wrote a number of scripts when we created our windows 2k setup. Here you can download them.

Failures

Unfortunately we were not able to achieve our goals in all areas. Mostly because of the abysmal Admin APIs and superficial Documentation for managing Windows 2k. But read on!

Resources

We only got to the point we are now because we were able to draw from a number of great resources. Both on the web and in print.

Mailinglist

Do you like what we are doing? Are you working along the same lines? Why not subscribe to our Mailinglist?

Cast

All about the folks responsible for the windows 2000 setup concept and website.

Dominik Regli  //  2007-03-22  //  Copyright 2001, ETH Zurich