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Lesson 1

Implementing RIS, Disaster Protection, and Upgrading the Network

The Windows Remote Installation Service (RIS), which was a core part of Windows 2000, is not directly available in Windows 10 and 11. Microsoft deprecated RIS and replaced it with a more advanced solution.
Here's a breakdown of the changes:
  • RIS Deprecation: RIS relied on older technologies and had security concerns. Microsoft phased it out in favor of Windows Deployment Services (WDS).
  • Windows Deployment Services (WDS): WDS is the modern counterpart for network-based operating system installation, introduced in Windows Server 2008. It provides several improvements over RIS:
    • Support for newer operating systems
    • Enhanced image management and customization
    • Support for both BIOS and UEFI based machines
    • Better security model
How to achieve remote OS installation in Windows 10 and 11:
  • Utilize WDS: Set up a Windows Deployment Services server (usually on a Windows Server operating system) to manage and deploy OS images over the network.
  • Alternative tools: There are third-party deployment tools offering network-based OS installation features, some with greater focus on management and automation features.
Key point: While the specific "Windows Remote Installation Service" from the Windows 2000 era doesn't exist, the concept of remote network-based OS installs is still very much supported through WDS and other tools.

This module covers how to deploy Windows using Remote Installation Services, how to implement disaster protection, and how to upgrade a network to Windows 2000. The first part of the course, devoted to deploying Windows 2000 professional, you will learn to install and configure RIS, deploy, install, and create images. Win2k, like Windows NT 4.0, includes support for RAID arrays, which are designed to protect servers from disastrous disk failures. After you learn how to implement and protect your system from disasters, you will learn to use the Win2k Recovery Console to repair Win2k installation in case disastrous configurations make it impossible for you to start the Operating System. Finally, you will learn how to upgrade a network from Windows NT 4.0 to Win2k. You will design an upgrade plan prior to implementing it, using different domain models such as single master, multiple master, and complete trust. Finally, students will implement an upgrade plan by learning how to configure the root domain, and switch from mixed mode to native mode.

Course goals

After completing the course, you will be able to:
  1. Install an RIS server
  2. Configure RIS options
  3. Deploy images using RIS
  4. Implement disaster protection
  5. Use fault-tolerant volumes
  6. Use backup utility
  7. Upgrade a network to Windows 2000
  8. Understand upgrade models
  9. Establish a root domain
  10. Upgrade domain controllers
  11. Upgrade and promote member servers

Windows NT 4.0 to Windows 2000 Update Certification Series Series

This course is the last of five courses in the Windows NT 4.0 to Windows 2000 Update Certification Series. Implementing RIS, Disaster Protection, and Upgrading the Network is the fifth course in a five part series.
  1. Installing Windows and Implementing DHCP, WINS, and DNS, (part 1),
  2. Creating, Administering the Active Directory,
  3. Group Policy and Managing File Resources (part 3), and
  4. Implementing Remote Access and Terminal Services (part 4)
complete your preparation for , Upgrading from Microsoft WindowsNT4.0 to Microsoft Windows 2000.
For more information see the Windows MCSE track guidelines. Microsoft ended mainstream support for Windows NT 4.0 Workstation on June 30, 2002, and ended extended support on June 30, 2004, while Windows NT 4.0 Server mainstream support ended on December 31, 2002, and extended support ended on December 31, 2004.


QuickChecks are unscored opportunities for you to self-check your understanding of key points before you arrive at a scored Exercise or Quiz. You will see QuickChecks throughout the lessons; click the icon to display a brief question. Click again to see the correct answer in a short animated sequence.

Problem Solver Exercises

To better prepare you to pass the MCSE exam and to provide you an opportunity to practice what you learn within a context, we have created exercises throughout the series in which you apply your knowledge about Windows 2000 to various scenarios. You will submit your solutions to the Problem Solver exercises to tutors for scoring, but you should also consider using the discussion groups as a forum for sharing responses.

Learning bridges

When you see this icon placed near a term or topic, you can click it to go to a learning bridge. A learning bridge is a sidebar that provides refresher information from other courses in the series. First-time students: to get the most out of this course, take Course Orientation.
In the next lesson, you will learn about prerequisites to this course.

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