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  1. thx for the answers guys. about the winnt.sif i doubt its in there ... im pretty sure the file isnt used untill the setup starts up ...

    i guess ryan is on the right way ... but whats strange, i tried 3 different bootsecs i downloaded from different sites 'slipstream' guides ... all have the same problem.

    and the bios is sure good, but its pretty anoyin if you dont have a mobo with supports some bootmenu. so you have to change it in the different stages of the setup or eject the cd on the 2 reboots durin the setup.

    i try to extract some bootsec of a retail xp .... and post the outcome ;)

    greets mason

  2. hey guys,

    has anyone an explanation for that ? i fixed me up some nice unattended with all the stuff i need. the only thing im missing is the 'press key to start from cdrom' when i boot from it, it boots direktly to the systemdetection everytime. its pretty annoyin if your cdrom is the 1st bootdevice. .. so you have to take the cdrom out and stuff it back in.

    i guessed its something with the boot.bin i used to burn, but after tryin 3 different versions ... i still cant get it to work ...

    some1 has some more detailed infos about that ?

    thx mason

  3. i just have a problem with that issues guys, im doing a unat net installation at the moment ....

    problem is .. i install all apps over the net via the runoncex for now. but in this stage the admin account is allready loaded so the all the settings are stored in the admin profile. any of you guys know how to activate the network on .. lets say the t-13 stage ? so i can install all apps in the default user profile ?

  4. i know taggs, but you still need a server with ris support ...

    my version is set up in 5 minutes without any server, just the pxe and tftp server ...

    check out these little handy tools :


    klasika: sorry but this would resolute in a big tutorial .. which i dont have the time for ... (im at work ;))

    but maybe ill set one up ....

    but it isnt really hard, just check out the website and download you a trial of the tool, it includes all docs ... and the installation of xp is the same as from cd ... without some minor differences .. all in all ... not really hard to realise ...

  5. why usin ris? dont make it such complicated ... therefor you have to deal with syspreped image for every pc model youre going to install

    i use pxe netbood to boot into a dosnetbootdisk that makes a connection to a deploy point on a server and installs everything unattended incl. all update all driverpacks and so on .... big advantage : i never have to burn any cds ... just change the files /settings on the server ... and i can install every pc model i like without carein about images!! think about it!

  6. okay here we go :

    you need to put the $oem$ folder into the i386 folder if you like to install over the network. (this is a bug confirmed by ms)

    to install your system from the network, you need a network bootdisk of cd with a ms lan client ... just search for nu2 bootdisk. the guy have a nice modular bootdisk for that purpose. after that just map your distribution share to the client and start the installation from the command line or via batch file in the autoexec.bat.

    example :

    'drive':\i386\winnt /s:'drive':\i386 /u:unattend.txt

    ill do my installation the same way ... therefor i never have to update any cds ... neither i have to boot from a disc bcs of some pxe boot method i build... pretty nice .. just hit F12 and do a netboot ... 10 mins later sys is up :)

    oh and dont forget to partiton and format your drive ... bcs in this case you need at least a fat partiton with around 1gb space!

    hope i could help mason

  7. hi guys,

    i have a lill problem at work. i need to deploy a script to 1000 clients which puts the computername into the bios.

    therefor i found a bios utility for the hp machines we use that writes the bios values to a txt file ... now i just have to search and replace the the right line in the file ....

    as i have not much expirience with vb maybe some of you guys can help ... i managed to cutnpaste some script that does the trick .... but it has a lill flaw .. look :

    thats a part of the bios txt i have :

    Cache Size (L1/L2)
    20/128 KB
    Memory Size
    512 MB
    System BIOS
    786B2 v1.10
    Chassis Serial Number
    Asset Tracking Number
    Removable Media Boot

    the field i need to change is the 'asset tracking number' ... my scripts read the bios values via wmi and make a search / change for each line in the file ....

    to bad that on new machines the serial number and the asset tag are the same ... so it changes both values ...

    maybe some1 can give me a hint in the right direction ?

    heres the script i dirty cutnpasted ;)

    strComputer = "."
    Set WshNetwork = WScript.CreateObject("WScript.Network")
    Set objWMIService = GetObject("winmgmts:" _
       & "{impersonationLevel=impersonate}!\\" & strComputer & "\root\cimv2")
    Set colSMBIOS = objWMIService.ExecQuery _
       ("SELECT * FROM Win32_SystemEnclosure")
    For Each objSMBIOS in colSMBIOS
     Set fso = CreateObject("Scripting.FileSystemObject")
     Set MyFile = fso.OpenTextFile(SourceFile, 1)
     Set NewFile = fso.OpenTextFile(DestFile, 2,True)
     do while MyFile.AtEndOfStream <> True
       Zeile = MyFile.ReadLine
       wrtstrg=Replace(Zeile, objSMBIOS.SMBIOSAssetTag, WshNetwork.ComputerName)
       NewFile.WriteLine wrtStrg

    thx a lot for your attention


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