Time to load and build an XP Pro box?
Posted on 2004-09-20
Greetings folks, I have a query as to the average time it would take an efficient and experienced system engineer to load and build an XP Pro machine.
For arguments sake lets' say a Dell GX280 Small Desktop (nice brand new machine). Bear in mind that the HD would be deleted completely prior to XP Pro being installed.
In addition to the OS the following items are to be installed:
Drivers for the Dell GX280 (i.e. audio, graphics, networking, chipset)
Updates to Win XP (i.e. SP2 and other windows update items)
Microsoft Office Suite
Media Players (QuickTime, RealPlayer)
Anti-Virus (Sophos or Norton)
Just a guesstimate of the time it would take to build this system and have it ready to be given to an end-user will be much appreciated.
Would you use any sysprep methods to speed things up and could the dell drivers be included in the unattended install, also can the other applications be setup to install in unattended mode?
What would you recommend as being the best way to build a box on a domain?
Please ask any questions if you are unsure as to what I have asked, thanking you all in advance for your replies and attention to this thread.