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I have a Windows 2000 server and occasionally I have to insert the Installation CD.  For example, I tried to run the disk defrag tool and was told to use the Install/Remove programs icon in the control panel to install this tool.  When I did this, I was asked to insert the CD.

My question is, Can I copy the CD (or files) to the HD or network share so that I never need to insert the CD?

Any help would be apreciated!
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Hi a222493,
Just copy the I386 folder off the CD. That's really all you'll need from the cd.
Then you could update it with slip streaming (adding in all the service packs) and stick it on a network share and near touch the CD again!

How you slip Streaming:
www.bris.ac.uk/is/services/computers/ operatingsystems/win2k/sp.html

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Wow!  Thanks What90!! This sounds like it is exactly what I'm looking for.

However, it brings up another question.  I'm currently in the process of installing Win2K Server.  As I write this, the installation is formatting my new drive (very slowly).  

Now, while reading the documentation for "slip-streaming", I discovered that I can create a network folder or installation CD with SP4 already applied.  The article indicates that a Win2K machine is required to create the share/CD, but I don't have any other Win2K machines that I can use (all XP Pro).

My questions are:
1) Can I use an XP machine to "slip-steam"
2) What is the difference between winnt.exe and winnt32.exe? (which would I use)
2) How do I install Win2K on a machine that has no OS from a network share?

I'm increasing points for the extra help!!
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1) Yep - Slipstreaming Windows XP Service Pack 1a and Create Bootable CD
http://www.windows-help.net/WindowsXP/winxp-sp1-bootcd.html

2) Winnt.exe is for dos prompts installs and winnt32.exe is for upgrading in windows (in place updagrades)

3) Follow the guides in this link to help out: http://labmice.techtarget.com/windows2000/install/bootdisk.htm


Hope that covers everything!
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Oops mis-read Q 1)

Second go ...
1) Yep, windows Xp will only allow 10 users to connect to a share at any one point. Create the share as you would on any type of windows machine.
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Sorry, should have been more clear with Q1.

Let me try again:
1) Can I use an XP machine to apply the SP4 service pack to a Win2K i386 directory (i.e. use slp-streaming technique to update the Win2K installation share)  The documentation claims that I need to perform the update from a Wind2K machine.

Here's the quote from the article:
"This scenario explains how to create an integrated installation of Windows 2000 and the service pack in a shared distribution folder on a network. The integrated process installs the service pack during Windows 2000 Setup. To complete this procedure, you must use a computer that is running Windows 2000."


I hope this is a more clear...
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Ahhh!

third go at 1) ;-)
1)You can slip stream to a i386 directory from windows XP without problems - I do it now. I guess the document is a bit old otherwise it would say 2000/XP/2003.

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Awsome!!

Thanks for all your help!
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