Still celebrating National IT Professionals Day with 3 months of free Premium Membership. Use Code ITDAY17

x
?
Solved

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

Posted on 2008-10-14
4
Medium Priority
?
534 Views
Last Modified: 2012-05-05
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?
0
Comment
Question by:wlandymore
[X]
Welcome to Experts Exchange

Add your voice to the tech community where 5M+ people just like you are talking about what matters.

  • Help others & share knowledge
  • Earn cash & points
  • Learn & ask questions
  • 2
  • 2
4 Comments
 
LVL 14

Accepted Solution

by:
cuziyq earned 500 total points
ID: 22711602
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".
0
 
LVL 14

Expert Comment

by:cuziyq
ID: 22711644
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
0
 
LVL 1

Author Comment

by:wlandymore
ID: 22711699
yeah, I need a way to deploy Windows in the same way RIS would, but without the AD. :)
0
 
LVL 1

Author Comment

by:wlandymore
ID: 22712144
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.
0

Featured Post

On Demand Webinar - Networking for the Cloud Era

This webinar discusses:
-Common barriers companies experience when moving to the cloud
-How SD-WAN changes the way we look at networks
-Best practices customers should employ moving forward with cloud migration
-What happens behind the scenes of SteelConnect’s one-click button

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

Always backup Domain, SYSVOL etc.using processes according to Microsoft Best Practices. This is meant as a disaster recovery process for small environments that did not implement backup processes and did not run a secondary domain controller that ne…
Uncontrolled local administrators groups within any organization pose a huge security risk. Because these groups are locally managed it becomes difficult to audit and maintain them.
This tutorial will walk an individual through the steps necessary to join and promote the first Windows Server 2012 domain controller into an Active Directory environment running on Windows Server 2008. Determine the location of the FSMO roles by lo…
This tutorial will walk an individual through the process of configuring their Windows Server 2012 domain controller to synchronize its time with a trusted, external resource. Use Google, Bing, or other preferred search engine to locate trusted NTP …
Suggested Courses

715 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question