Thursday, November 06, 2003

Network Upgrade

Just upgraded our network to Windows / Office XP. Everything went OK, thanks to RIS it was relatively easy to update all clients. Just boot from LAN, enter admin parameters, click the required install, hit enter somewhere, reboot to have additional software install and you're set. Only thing was, we had to manually do some things like configuring Outlook for all users, set the printer, change the Word standard template, restore old files back to the users' hard drives... this manual configuring and restoring took more time than the installation of OS + software. I know, I know, we could have done some things with standard templates or simple registry hacks for all clients at once. But hey, these were only about 40 clients, and we're a small company. This upgrade was OK for us.