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Can you make a RIS/Domain controller to avoid using Active Directory in a domain?

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We use Samba and Linux here but I like RIS for deploying workstations. I know that they list Active Directory as a pre-requisite for RIS, but would it be possible to use a RIS server to deploy XP to workstations without converting the whole domain to AD?

Could I make one box that's a domain controller and then put RIS on it to avoid this? Or does it actually need the computers in the active directory that it's going to deploy to?

Anyone know of a way to use RIS and the DC in a linux environment to deploy Windows OS's?
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Nope.

RIS depends on your pre-configuring the machine in the domain, and the domain requires Active Directory to function.

RIS is nothing more than a PXE server, however, and PXE is not a Microsoft thing.  I am sure there are plenty of open source PXE applications in the Linux world.

FYI: In case you didn't know, PXE stands for Preboot eXecution Environment.  It's a fancy way of saying "boot from the network instead of the hard drive".
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Here we go.  Here's something I found after only a couple minutes of snooping.  Sounds promising, if not cryptic (pretty much like any Linux app :-) )

http://syslinux.zytor.com/wiki/index.php/PXELINUX

I've never used it, so don't ask me for help with it.  LOL
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yeah, I need a way to deploy Windows in the same way RIS would, but without the AD. :)
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Found this on the internet:

http://www.opsi.org

This is setup to run on Linux and deploy Win desktops and applications so it may be what I needed.
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