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Share MSDN Library on Network?

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Is there a way to install this onto a network file share and allow a
team to access it? I would say share a CD from a networked CD drive,
but there are multiple CD's that would have to be inserted.

TIA,

Brian
Nov 16 '05 #1
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The following is from the MSDN installation help:
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To correctly create the network installation folder, all contents from the
MSDN Library Disc 1, Disc 2, and Disc 3 must be copied into one folder with
the identical directory structure as Disc 1. Setup will fail if a user
attempts a full installation of the MSDN Library from a share that has the
contents of Disc 1 and Disc 2 or Disc 3 in separate folders.

Important Do not share the network installation folder while you are
copying. It will likely cause you problems if someone runs Setup while you
are copying the Library.

Complete the following steps in order to place the Library on a network
folder for better performance over a network.

1. Put the CD drive on a system that has read/write/update permission to the
network installation computer. The process will run much faster if the CD
drive and the hard disk drive are on the same computer.

2. Create a shared target folder into which the Library will be copied on
the server. For best performance, be sure no one is using the CD drive from
which you're copying or the shared hard drive to which you're copying. Do
not share the folder until the installation process is complete and tested
or setup will fail on the client should a user run setup during the copy
process.
3. Copy all files and subfolders from MSDN Library Disc 1 to the target
folder.

4. Copy from disk 2, the directory tree under Program Files\MSDN to the same
directory tree in the target folder

5. Copy from disk 3, the directory tree under Program Files\MSDN to the same
directory tree in the target folder

6. Share the network folder containing The MSDN Library with read-only
access. Go to a different computer and run Setup on from the shared network
folder. After you have verified that The Library runs properly from the
client computer, you can announce to your users that it's ready for their
use.

7. At this point, all files will have the read-only attribute set. This will
make use of samples copied from the network share inconvenient. To alleviate
this problem, run the following command from a command prompt on the target
folder and all contained subfolders (this may take a while, given the large
number of files involved):
attrib -r *.* /s
Note that after running this command, folders will still have the read-only
attribute set.

Here are some additional guidelines for installing The Library to a network
folder:

1. The permissions on the target folder should be made read-only when you
share it out for general access.
2. The network computer should have enough bandwidth to handle the
anticipated load.
3. The network computer should be able to handle the required number of
concurrent client connections.

4. The network computer should not use a compressed file system, unless this
is commensurate with the hardware and the anticipated load.

</quote>

Thomas P. Skinner [MVP]

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Is there a way to install this onto a network file share and allow a
team to access it? I would say share a CD from a networked CD drive,
but there are multiple CD's that would have to be inserted.

TIA,

Brian

Nov 16 '05 #2

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