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Creating a Distribution Server

Discussion in 'Windows Vista / 7 / 8 Client Exams' started by tripwire45, Mar 13, 2005.

  1. tripwire45
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    Trying to create a distribution server on a Windows 2000 Server VM. The instructions say to copy the contents of the i386 folder from the Windows 2000 Professional installation disk into a folder on the server.

    Problem: Whenever I open the i386 folder on the CD and attempt to copy all of the files and folder (select all -> copy) into the prepared folder on the server. the process locks up. I've tried it several different ways but with the same result. I've got sufficient room on the HDDs of each computer and about 300 MB of virtual RAM allocated so I don't think that's it.

    I did discover that I can copy the folder itself (and thus the contents) from the CD to the virtual server's prepared folder.

    Question: can the content be in the i386 folder in the distribution folder or do the contents have to be extracted?
     
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  2. drum_dude

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    Hi Trip,

    I've just tried the same thing on my MS Virtual PC 2004 and indeed it does lock up! But after approx 1minute it starts copying. Problem is that I then run out of disc space on the Virtual PC!

    I tried it with 2000 Advanced Server Virtual PC.
     
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  3. Jakamoko
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    Fairly sure the files have to be extracted before you can copy or move them. I recall this whilst learning about extracting the deployment tools for the 70-215.
     
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  4. tripwire45
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    I figured I could copy the i386 folder over to the C drive of the server and just rename the folder if necessary. Started copying the folder and its contents right way. I've looked in both the MS Press and Sybex Windows 2000 Pro texts and neither one says anything about extracting the files from the i386 folder before copying them over.
     
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    I created a Windows 98SE VM to try out upgrading the OS to Windows 2000 Professional by connecting to a Windows 2000 Server distribution server. No problem. I went Start -> Run -> \\hostname using the hostname of the server. Got a login box asking for a password so I typed in the Adminstrator's password (the computers are all on a workstation; no domains). No dice. Says it's the wrong password.

    I know what you are thinking. Create a user account for the Windows 98 computer or for myself as the 98 PC's user on the server. Oddly enough though, the 98 machine can connect to the shares on the host machine *without* authenticating...even tho the host is password protected. Is the difference because the host is XP Pro and thus a client OS and Windows 2000 Server is a server OS?
     
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