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Microsoft® Windows Server 2003: Administrator’s Companion by Jason Gerend, Sharon Crawford, Charlie Russel

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Remote Installation Services

Remote Installation Services (RIS) allows administrators to install Windows on computers from across the network with almost no user intervention. You can also use RIS with the IntelliMirror technologies (User Settings Management, User Data Management, and Software Installation and Maintenance) to install Windows remotely and then automatically add a user’s personalized work environment—complete with the user’s computer settings, software applications, and data.

This capability can come in handy. For example, you might want to purchase a new computer and give it to an existing user, or recycle an old server as a desktop. Using RIS and IntelliMirror, simply boot the computer from the network and automatically install ...

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