Windows 95 rollout
Posted on 1997-01-09
The assignment is to rollout windows 95 to about 1000 workstations. I would like to set up one workstation as my "template" and copy the hard drive "image" to a server.
Using a windows 95 boot diskette I'd like to boot up a workstation, connect to the server, and copy the the hard drive image from the server to the workstation hard drive. I realize I will have some intervention required afterward i.e. changing the computer name for the network.
Please note that these are not upgrades being performed, the workstations will be cleaned and reformatted. I will also be copying the cab files locally for easy accessibility to account for some systems that may not exactly match my "template".
What I'd like to know is if you or anyone you know of has experience with this to offer advice or product information that may help.
And do you know of any copy utility that will work with windows 95 in DOS mode that retains long file names. We have tried to accomplish this but XCOPY32 doesn't seem to work when windows 95 is in DOS mode.
I realize there are some setup features within windows 95 including the new preinstallation wizard but I think that what I'm trying to achieve is a faster method than having each workstation run through the install proceedure.