This topic describes concepts and procedures for installing and upgrading to WS2003, installing optional Windows components, and installing third-party applications. Windows Product Activation and Windows Program Compatibility Mode are also covered.
The way you deploy WS2003 depends on several factors:
It’s one thing to upgrade two or three servers from NT or W2K to WS2003 in a small company; it’s another thing entirely when you have to upgrade thousands of servers across multiple locations in a large enterprise. In the first scenario, you would probably run Setup directly from the product CD, but when the number of servers exceeds about a dozen, automated installations become a more practical solution.
With large numbers of servers having identical hardware configurations, disk imaging is a simple and efficient way of installing or upgrading them. If servers are from a multitude of different vendors and have customized hardware configurations, disk imaging is probably not much of a time-saver.
If only a few staff members are performing the deployment, you need to consider some form of automated installation either using answer files and UDB files or using disk imaging. If the server-to-staff ratio is small, however, it may not be cost-effective to spend the time learning how to perform these types of installations. It may simply be better to install or upgrade from ...