The XP computer that I use at work went bye bye today after only 6 months. I've been given permission to install Linux instead and am planning on installing VL. Please don't be jealous!
That's a tall order, since I'm sitting here entering this from an XP box....
Can you please answer these two questions:
1. Do I have to do anything special during installation?
Depends on your network. If it uses DHCP, you shouldn't need anything special.
2. How would I add my new VL installation to the Windows network?
Depends (again). If you want to add it as a workstation only, it shouldn't take much. Edit /etc/samba/smb.con to reflect the workgroup/domain name of the network, then you can use /etc/fstab to add network shares. You could also have a look at fusesmb (which should be in the testing repo), since it provides a very simple way of mounting SMB shares under a user's home directory.