Challenge? Rookies dont waste your time - question about remote XP installation
Posted on 2004-09-01
OK, here is my problem...it's a challenge, so if you don't know what you're doing, please don't waste my time:
120 Dell Optiplex GX60 (Celeron processors) we inherited from a project that lost funding, Now we are tasked with installing XP (or just getting them to boot to a Ghost Server) on all of them.
No CDROM drives
No Floppy drives
Locked down Windows2000 Pro - we don't know the admin password
To complicate matters, they have static IP's on them that are for a subnet that no longer exists.
My real question is this: can Celeron's boot to a USB Flash drive? I've got one, and so far I've had zero luck. It's using an intergated Intel Pro/100 ethernet adapter on an Intel 845GV chipset, so I'm optimistic that PXE and RIS are my solutions.
I'm looking for any realistic ideas, not "hey check out this product" or "boot to a floppy" <-- there is no floppy disk drive.