Question 1) Installing, Configuring, and Administering

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Objective : Installing Windows XP Professional
SubObjective : Perform and troubleshoot an unattended installation of Windows XP Professional.
Single Answer Multiple Choice

 

You administer a Windows 2000 network for your company. You are planning to deploy Windows XP Professional on 25 computers that require different hardware configurations. You want to automate the installation of Windows XP Professional on the 25 computers in the most efficient manner.

 

What should you do?

 

 

  1. Use a UDF only to automate the installation.
  2. Use an answer file only to automate the installation.
  3. Use an answer file and a UDF to automate the installation.
  4. Create and deploy an image of a computer running Windows XP Professional.

 

 

 

Answer:
C. Use an answer file and a UDF to automate the installation.

Tutorial:
You should use an answer file and a Uniqueness Database File (UDF) to automate the installation of Windows XP Professional on the 25 computers that require different configurations. Automating an installation refers to the process of creating files to supply the settings that a user would otherwise be prompted to provide during setup. An answer file can supply some or all of the settings required by Setup during installation. For a fully automated installation, you should provide all the answers in the answer file. A UDF provides replacement settings for the settings specified in an answer file. A UDF can be used to configure unique settings, such as computer name, for each computer. You can use the Setup Manager Wizard to create answer files and UDFs.

You should not use a UDF only to automate the installation because this will not allow you automate the installation. Because a UDF is only a database file used to provide unique settings, you cannot automate the installation without an answer file.

You should not use an answer file only to automate the installation. Without a UDF, you would need to create a separate answer file for each target computer. This would require you to create 25 answer files, which is not the most efficient method to install Windows XP Professional on the 25 computers.

You cannot create and deploy an image of a computer running Windows XP Professional in this case because the 25 target computers require different configurations. Creating and deploying an image is a viable solution only when the target computers have the same hardware configurations as the reference computer.

 

These questions are derived from the Self-Test Software Practice Test for Exam #70-270 – Installing, Configuring, and Administering Microsoft Windows XP Professional.

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