Two awesome techie tips:
Advanced Dynamic Kickstart Scripts. If you have a large number of Linux servers to install, then you are probably already using Kickstart. This article gives some advanced configuration options (such as dynamically generated ks.cfg files and custom pakage installations) that’ll install large numbers of boxes in no time.
Patch up your Windows XP Setup Disks. Now that XP SP2 is out and established, you can patch your Windows XP Setup Disk with SP2. Rather than installing XP then waiting another 30-40 minutes to apply SP2, simply follow the instructions in this article, and you’ll end up with an XP installation CD that includes SP2.