3Com is working with Microsoft to make it easier for users to install Windows 2000 remotely across a network.
Every copy of Windows 2000 will carry a copy of 3Com's Remote OS Installation software, which will make it cheaper and easier to roll-out Windows 2000 across the enterprise.
To run the solution, a network/server administrator runs a Remote OS Installation floppy in the server which seeks those PCs with a compatible network interface card and which need Windows 2000.
The network interface cards on PCs, which can be used in this auto-detection procedure include those from 3Com, Hewlett-Packard, Intel, SMC, AMD, and Compaq.
3Com said the solution has come out of the strategic alliance the two firms announced last year. The remote solution is logical considering Windows 2000 is bundled with Intellimirror, a remote desktop management tool that allows IT departments to install applications without having to visit each client.
Intellimirror is a rival to Novell's ZENworks, which is designed to do the same thing.