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  2. I think he uses his USB HD/stick to install Windows in the first place, so disabling it in the BIOS will result to not being able to boot the setup...

    Maybe it's an option to first boot a Pre-Boot environment like Windows PE, in which you run Diskpart to create and format partitions on your hard-drive and change the drive letter of your usb device. And after that call Winnt32.exe from te installation source (with or without unattended switches)

  3. Mine is not the best Unattended solution out there, but it does the task i've designed it for beautifully.

    Here's what it does:

    1. Windows PE image that's being booted from PXE (WDS server)

    2. Connect to a network share that contains the source files for the Win2k3 Std. installation.

    3. Automatic configuration of RAID controller (to make a raid 0 configution).

    4. Automatic partitioning of the logical disk into 2 partitions and set the drive letter of the cd-rom to E.

    5. Complete unattended installation of Windows

    6. After installation, all drivers not yet recognized by Windows are being installed silently.

    7. Automatic teaming of my 2 NIC's and set an static IP to the network team.

    8. Automatic installation of Terminal Services

    9. Automatic installation of Citrix Presentation Server 4.0

    10. Automatic installation of ALL application needed by our users.

    The last 3 steps are not mine to take credit for though. We do this with the help of Solution 4 by Login Consultants

    Take a look at their website.

  4. Well the easiest thing you can do, is pipe the output of the last command (that is responsible for the filecopy) to a temporary file

    you do this by adding >tempfile.txt add the end of the command and then delete the tempfile.

    so for example


    RunDll32.exe setupapi,InstallHinfSection DefaultInstall 132 .\$$\Cursors\Aero cursors\Install.inf >tempfile.txt

    del tempfile.txt

    That will route the output to the file tmpfile.txt instead of to the screen and then delete the tmpfile.txt

    This what you're looking for?


  5. hi,

    you'll only need a network driver to connect to the "microsoft windows network" for mapping drives etc...

    it's not needed for operating system deployment as it just uses the same protocols it used to boot from the network to transfer your install image.

    use the \sources\boot.wim from a vista dvd as your boot image. this connects back the the wds server and lets you choose which install image to deploy.

    if you do want to integrate the driverpacks, extract them and...

    move all .inf files to (i386 or windows)\inf

    move all .sys files to (i386 or windows)\system32\drivers

    move all other files to (i386 or windows)\system32

    Or if you created a WinPE 2.0 image using Windows Automated Installation Kit, you could also use

    PEIMG /INF=inffile.inf mount\Windows

    as described here

  6. I think what you want to do is create a WIM image of a Windows XP machine and use that as an Installation image.

    Seeing as you're dutch.. i'll make it easy for you :P, there's a dutch website that contains a manual for setting up Windows XP and WDS.


    Also, if you want to Boot WinPE from WDS instead of a CD you need to create a custom WinPE image and use it as a boot image on your WDS machine.

    I've created a fully automated unattended setup for Windows2003 Server Deployment for the company i'm doing part-time work at.

    I've allready posted it on another forum, so i'll link it here.

    Maybe it's of some use to you.

    Good luck with the internship :D

    Hope this helps


  7. The first line looks for file called NLite.inf which probably isnt in the same folder as your .cmd file. Therefore it cannot find it.

    if you want to hide the filecopy, but this at the top of your .cmd

    I don't know if this is gonna work if you run it from commandlines.txt seeing as that's being called at some point in the installation process

    But just give it a try :)

    @echo off


  8. Hmm strange indeed...

    I use the $oem$\c in combination with a unattended installation script from Windows PE and it works for me...

    EDIT: This installation is a Win2k3 Server installation...

    Maybe it's internal workings is slightly different from the $oem$ with windows XP.

    I also noticed that on RIS I also have a $oem$\$1\Software map, which is also copied to C:\software when I use RIS to install a machine with Windows XP

    So I guess it's the difference between Win2k3 and WinXP unattended installs

    Sorry for confusing you :blushing:

    Try to set OEMPreInstall=YES and see what happens.


  9. Assuming D: is your CD-rom drive letter:

    D:\i386\winnt32.exe /s:d:\i386 /unattend:winnt.sif /tempdrive:C /syspart:C:

    Notice the : after /syspart:C:

    This is only for windows XP and 2k3 installations by the way.

    For Vista you need an entirely different method.

    Take a look in the Unattended Vista forum, especially this post: http://www.msfn.org/board/index.php?showtopic=95462

    I have no experience with Vista unattended installations, so I can't help you there.

    But what I read so far is that you basically need 3 steps:

    1. Create a Autounattended.xml using Windows System Image Manager (EDIT: Windows System Image Manager is available from the Windows Automated Installation Kit, downloadable from Microsoft.com)

    2. Put Autounattended.xml on a floppy

    3. Boot from Vista DVD with floppy inserted

    Hope this helps


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