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Boot Diskette

Sometimes you will run into a workstation that will not respond to a CD in its drive. That's the time for a boot diskette that contains the disk-wipe (GWSCAN), partition (FDISK) and formatting (FORMAT) programs.

Restoration CDs

Gateway workstations come with three restoration CDs: the first with drivers and utilities; the second with the operating system; the third with other applications. When you start on a workstation, the first CD is the most important because it holds in its DOS folder the disk-wipe (GWSCAN), partition (FDISK) and formatting (FORMAT) programs.

The appearance of the restoration CDs differs between the older workstations, where the CDs are all labelled white; and the newer ones, where the first CD is red; the second, blue; and the third, yellow.

Imaging CD

Novell NetWare 5 comes with Zero-Effort Networks (ZENWorks), which is supposed to make easier the administration of local-area networks, and the setup of workstations on them.

One way ZENWorks does this is by imaging: the copying of the contents of a workstation onto the network and into a file called an image. Then, by just writing the image on many workstations of the same kind, you can save lots of time and effort.

The imaging CD contains the IMG program and several scripts on a Linux base.

Service Pack CD

On any NetWare network with images, it is likely that the Windows on those images will not have been updated since the images were made. That is where the latest service pack comes in. Service packs are the collection of all Windows updates released by Microsoft on a single file, which you can download (if you have a fat data pipe) or buy on CD. For Windows 2000, the latest service pack will be version three.

Office CDs

Windows in itself is of little worth, and here I will assume that all workstations come with some version of Microsoft Office. This is a two-CD set: the first with the suite itself, the second with either Publisher or with media content (depending on version).

© 2003 by Andy West. Written 26 November 2003.