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Benjamin Schieder

[TECHSUCKS] WHY LICENSE KEYS AND PRODUCT ACTIVATION COSTS TOO MUCH TIME

2005 November 09 | 1 comments

We're talking weeks of time here.

Hands on example: We have to install a few hundred PCs for a customer with no more than two different configurations of software and only one configuration of hardware. So what would you want to do? Install both configurations once and then create an image with the harddisk imaging software worthy of your trust and then pull it onto all the other machines.
So, what does Microsoft Windows XP force you into? We need to install every machine per hand because Windows XP wants a license key for every machine which can't be changed post installation and it wants to be 'activated' (synonym for: send all information about what hardware is in your machine to Microsoft).
So instead of installing 200 (in words: two hundred) machines in maybe two weeks we can do 10 (in words: ten) machines a week.

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1 Comment

From: sanso

Actually, using Debian and FAI, 200 Machines ought to be up and running within an hour. ;-)

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