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Backing up critical data files and settings

Fix errors listed in Event Viewer. Check Event Viewer to ensure that there are no unresolved errors or issues.

Back up all drives. Backup all drives in the system using a tape drive or some other type of system backup device.

Back up registry. Back up the registry of the computer using the Windows NT backup utility of another backup program. You can backup the registry without using tape by running Regback.exe in the Windows NT server resource kit.

Update the Emergency Repair Disk. Update the Emergency Repair Disk (ERD) by running Rdisk.exe at the command prompt.

Remove any virus scanners, third party network services, or client software. Refer to the Release Notes file on the Windows 2000 Advanced server compact disc for information about any known problems with specific hardware and application.

Disconnect serial cables to UPS. Disconnect the serial cable that connects any uninterruptable power supply (UPS) devices. Windows 2000 Advanced Server will attempt to automatically detect devices connected to serial ports.

Reserve IRQs for non-Plug and Play ISA devices. If your system contains non-Plug and Play (ISA) Industry Standard Architecture devices, set your system BIOS (basic input/output) system to reserve all IRQs (interrupt request) currently in use by non-Plug and Play ISA devices.