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Chapter 5. Automated Installation and Ne... > Automated Deployment Overview

Automated Deployment Overview

If you're planning to deploy Windows XP to a number of systems, you're probably considering automating the installation process. And if you're not, you should be. Automating a deployment may take a bit of development time up front, but it saves time in the long run when compared to manually installing a large number of systems. Automation ensures consistency by removing most of the opportunities for human error.

So who should use automated deployment? Well, if you're a home user, and you're only planning on installing Windows XP Home Edition on that old machine your kid uses to surf the Web, you probably just want to run with the standard out-of-the-box install process. But if you happen to have 50 such kids, if you need to frequently install the same base configuration on a system or two for testing purposes, if you configure Windows XP systems for resale, or if you're developing a deployment scenario for an organization's IT department, then you'll definitely want to consider automating.


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