Lesson 5-Accessing Networks Overview Introduction to Windows XP Professional. Introduction to Novell Client. Introduction to Red Hat Linux workstation. Introduction to Windows XP Professional Prerequisites for installing Windows XP Professional. Installing Windows XP Professional. Prerequisites for Installing Windows XP Professional Check hardware requirements. Check hardware compatibility. Check hardware configuration. Test workstation hardware. Check Hardware Requirements The minimum requirements for installing Windows XP Professional include: An Intel Pentium/Celeron family or AMD K6/Athalon/Duron family 233 MHz processor. 64 MB of RAM. At least one hard disk where the systemroot (usually C:\WINNT) can be located on a partition. At least 1.5 GB of hard disk space. Check Hardware Requirements The recommended requirements for installing Windows XP Professional include: A PC with a 300 MHz (single or dual) processor. 128 MB of RAM. Check Hardware Compatibility The Windows XP Professional installation CD, running on an upgradeable Windows version, includes options to check for system compatibility. It is essential that the service packs for Windows NT 4.0 Workstation or Windows 2000 Professional are installed, if XP is upgraded from either of these operating systems. Check Hardware Compatibility Windows XP compatibility verification option Check Hardware Compatibility Windows XP automatic compatibility verification option Check Hardware Compatibility Automatic compatibility check: The ‘Check My System Automatically’ option verifies the system and provides users with a list of incompatible items. It also provides alternative remedies for correcting incompatibility problems. Check Hardware Compatibility Compatibility check using Web site: The Microsoft Web site provides users with a Hardware Compatibility List (HCL) for the system. It is essential to check all the hardware in the system prior to installing Windows XP Professional. Check Hardware Configuration Microsoft recommends a CD-ROM or DVD drive for installations. A super VGA display adapter that supports an 800x600 resolution, and the most recent version of the workstation operating system software is also required. Check Hardware Configuration Microsoft also recommends a mouse or any other pointing device. A high-density 3-½ inch floppy drive is required if floppy disks are used for installation. Test Workstation Hardware The DOS FDISK command is used to rebuild the hard disk drive prior to the installation. The hard disk can be re-built while installing Windows XP from the CD. Installing Windows XP Professional Windows XP can be installed over a network using either a shared network drive or a set of bootable floppy disks. A set of six boot setup disks can be created to perform the Windows XP installation startup. Installing Windows XP Professional Windows XP Professional Setup Installing Windows XP Professional List of existing partitions and unpartitioned space on the computer Installing Windows XP Professional Formatting the new partition Installing Windows XP Professional Windows XP requires the following inputs: The user’s name and the organization’s name. The 25-character product key code. The computer name and the password for the workstation administrator account. Installing Windows XP Professional Networking Settings Installing Windows XP Professional Windows XP requires the following inputs (continued): The workgroup or the domain name. The user name and password of the user who is authorized to join the computer to the domain. Installing Windows XP Professional Windows XP Professional desktop Introduction to Novell Client Prerequisites for installing Novell Client. Installing Novell Client. Prerequisites for installing Novell Client Check hardware compatibility. Check and test client hardware and configuration. Check Hardware Compatibility The minimum requirements for installing the latest Novell Client for NT/2000/XP software include: Windows NT 4.0 or higher operating system with service pack 3 or later installed. At least 24 MB of RAM. Check and Test Client Hardware and Configuration Ensure that Novell 6 server is connected to the network and is functioning properly. The Windows workstation must be updated with available updates, such as service packs, prior to installing the Novell Client software. Installing Novell Client The setupnw.exe file, located in the Novell Client folder, is required to start the installation. The default installation option must be set to Typical installation. The Ctrl-Alt-Delete key combination is used to initiate the Novell Client for Windows login. Installing Novell Client Novell Client installation options Installing Novell Client Novell Client Login window Installing Novell Client The ‘Trees’ button is used to identify the Novell trees on the network. The ‘Context’ button is used to identify the context used by the user on the tree when creating the Novell server. The ‘Server’ button is used to reveal the Novell server. Installing Novell Client Windows tab Installing Novell Client Novell Services menu Introduction to Red Hat Linux Workstation Prerequisites for installing Red Hat Linux workstation. Installing Linux 7.3 workstation. Prerequisites for installing Red Hat Linux Workstation Check hardware compatibility. Check hardware configuration. Test workstation hardware. Check Hardware Compatibility The minimum requirements for installing Red Hat Linux workstation include: A Pentium 200 MHz processor. 32 MB of RAM for text-mode installation. 64 MB of RAM for graphical-mode installation. Check Hardware Compatibility The minimum requirements for installing Red Hat Linux workstation include (continued): 650 MB of hard disk space or 4.5 GB of available hard disk space for a complete installation. Additional space for any files to be stored on the server. Check Hardware Configuration Red Hat recommends the use of a bootable CD-ROM drive for all installations of the software. A high-density 3-½ inch floppy drive is required if the CD is not bootable. Check Hardware Configuration Information about the monitor, display adapter, and the most recent version of the network operating system that the user plans to install is also required. A mouse is required for graphical installations. Test Workstation Hardware In order to test the workstation’s hardware, it is essential to rebuild the existing hard disk drive and start a fresh installation. The Linux bootable CD wipes the existing hard drive and builds new partitions during the installation. Installing Linux 7.3 Workstation A CD-ROM based installation: Erases everything on the workstation’s disk drives and reformats them. Configures the server to use the IP. Creates a new Red Hat Linux workstation. Installing Linux 7.3 Workstation The following items are required to perform the installation: Computer with a hard disk drive that can be totally erased. Red Hat Linux’s operating system software. Bootable floppy disks that are created using boot.img found in the Images directory in the Red Hat Linux operating system CD-ROM. Installing Linux 7.3 Workstation The following items are required to perform the installation (continued): A CD-ROM drive. A mouse for graphical configuration. A network interface card. Graphics card information. Network IP addresses and naming convention used. Summary Windows XP Professional and Windows XP Home are the two versions of Windows XP. Upgrades from Windows NT 4.0 Workstation and Windows 2000 Professional systems require service packs to be installed in them. Before performing any installation, care should be taken to ensure that the hardware meets the program requirements, operates properly, and includes all the necessary drivers.