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deploying software methods in windows

I have some questions that are kind of all related to each other and worth of 500 pts.

1-I would like to know what 's the difference between deploying application software through GPO or SMS.

2-What is the difference between Windows Installer and msi.
3-any step by step link to upgrade w2k pro to wxp from a single point instead of upgrading to xp from each individual PCs.
4-any step by step link to install a clean wxp from a single point instead of installing the xp in individual PCs.

5-when should I use Syprep and/or riprep to install or upgrade to WXP?

thanks



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jskfan
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BeldoranCommented:
1 - Deploying software through GPO is a standard feature of a Microsoft domain. You have the ability to install and remove msi based software easily. SMS is an enterprise level version which provides greater control and logging of the installation and maintenance process.

2 - The windows installer is the client/workstation engine for managing the installation of windows based software. It is effectively a component of the operating system. A MSI is one of the types of packages that the windows installer can use to install software. The MSI contains instructions (in the form of a database) on how and where to install files and settings. It can also contain the files themselves.

3 - http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/pro/upgrading/default.mspx is a good place to start

4 - RIS: see no 5 below

5 - Sysprep removes specific information from a system in preparation to be imaged. It allows the system to redetect and reconfigure after the image has been restored. If you want to use RIS to image your machines you can use riprep images or even build from scratch. To build a system using RIS (remote installation services) is not that hard to do, but you would need a Domain.

Other Links
SMS - http://www.microsoft.com/smserver/support/default.mspx
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