Comparing DOS, Linux and WinPE for Deployment Solution automation environments

Article:HOWTO1592  |  Created: 2006-01-12  |  Updated: 2007-05-07  |  Article URL http://www.symantec.com/docs/HOWTO1592
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Question
What are the pros and cons of using DOS, Linux, and WinPE as Deployment Solution automation environment?

Answer
Pros of Microsoft DOS*:

  • Drivers are easier to import and modify at this time.
  • Microsoft DOS has a maximum file size of 2.88 MB.
  • Microsoft DOS is capable of multicasting.

Cons of Microsoft DOS:

  • Microsoft DOS is significantly slower than WinPE and slightly slower than Linux in regards to imaging.
  • It is unable to authenticate to multiple physical devices.
  • Altiris does not support DOS authenticating to a domain.
  • It is a command line interface only.
  • It may not support the most current drivers .
  • It may not support new NIC devices.

Pros of Fedora Linux*:

  • It is capable of authenticating to a domain.
  • It is slightly faster than Microsoft DOS in regards to imaging.

Cons of Fedora Linux:

  • It is more difficult to set up and to use currently.
  • It is a command line interface only.

Pros of WinPE*:

  • WinPE is significantly faster than Linux or DOS in regards to imaging.
  • WinPE is capable of authenticating to a domain.
  • WinPE is capable of authenticating to multiple physical devices.

Cons of WinPE:

  • WinPE is not capable of receiving the PXE boot file via multicasting.
  • WinPE takes longer to receive the PXE boot file (130 MB vs. 1.44 or 2.88 MB).
  • WinPE is more difficult to install and configure currently.

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