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You can use Riprep.exe to install an image of a client computer on a Remote Installation Service (RIS) server. The image can then be downloaded by clients using PXE boot ROMs or a RBFG-generated floppy disk.
Because the client initiates the download starting from the Text-mode portion of Setup, Riprep allows for differences in hardware among client computers (such as the boot device). However, Riprep does have some restrictions.
When you image a client using Riprep.exe, the following requirements must be met:
At least one CD-ROM-based image must exist on the server, in case the client needs system files at a later date.
Only one partition is allowed.
Client computers must use the same hardware abstraction layer, or HAL (ACPI and non-ACPI).
Target client computers must have a local hard disk equal to or larger in size than the imaged computer.
When you are creating the image, the client must not contain any encrypted files.