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has any one here worked out how to do an unattend instlation for windows 2008 so it installes additional roles and features e.g IIS and dns.

i have managed to master the unattend install so it does display password etc just not the features.

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I will be working on this tonight when I get home. I have the RTM bits but want to build an unattended bootable DVD.

I'll doc it and share what I find. :)

~T

Good luck. as i have spent weeks trying to get roles and features to install via an unattend XML and not yet sucedded.

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has any one here worked out how to do an unattend instlation for windows 2008 so it installes additional roles and features e.g IIS and dns.

i have managed to master the unattend install so it does display password etc just not the features.

You can use Servermanagercmd

Server Manager command line syntax and parameters

The following sections show the syntax and command-line parameters and options for ServerManagerCmd.exe.

Syntax

ServerManagerCmd.exe -query [<query.xml>] [-logPath <log.txt>]

ServerManagerCmd.exe -inputPath <answer.xml> [-resultPath <result.xml> [-restart] | -whatIf] [-logPath <log.txt>]

ServerManagerCmd.exe -install <command-Id> [-allSubFeatures] [-resultPath <result.xml> [-restart] | -whatIf] [-logPath <log.txt>]

ServerManagerCmd.exe -remove <command-Id> [-resultPath <result.xml> [-restart] | -whatIf] [-logPath <log.txt>]

ServerManagerCmd.exe [-help | -?]

ServerManagerCmd.exe -version

Server Manager Technical Overview

you can install by doing something like this -

ServerManagercmd -install Web-Server

or you can install from a XML file using the -inputpath switch

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8" ?>
<ServerManagerConfiguration Action="Install" xmlns="http://schemas.microsoft.com/sdm/Windows/ServerManager/Configuration/2007/1" xmlns:xs="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema">
<RoleService Id="FS-DFS-Namespace" />
<Feature Id="Backup" />

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I will be working on this tonight when I get home. I have the RTM bits but want to build an unattended bootable DVD.

I'll doc it and share what I find. :)

~T

Good luck. as i have spent weeks trying to get roles and features to install via an unattend XML and not yet sucedded.

Luckily, I have access to the products team and will be working with them :D

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or you can install from a XML file using the -inputpath switch

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8" ?>
<ServerManagerConfiguration Action="Install" xmlns="http://schemas.microsoft.com/sdm/Windows/ServerManager/Configuration/2007/1" xmlns:xs="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema">
<RoleService Id="FS-DFS-Namespace" />
<Feature Id="Backup" />

Can you please expain, what you meant by inputpath. Am trying to install server roles/features using xml unattendedly, but dont know how to install servermanager features using xml. I did copy and pasted the above scripts to my Autounattend.xml, but installation fails.

Please help/advice

Thank you

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or you can install from a XML file using the -inputpath switch

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8" ?>
<ServerManagerConfiguration Action="Install" xmlns="http://schemas.microsoft.com/sdm/Windows/ServerManager/Configuration/2007/1" xmlns:xs="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema">
<RoleService Id="FS-DFS-Namespace" />
<Feature Id="Backup" />

Can you please expain, what you meant by inputpath. Am trying to install server roles/features using xml unattendedly, but dont know how to install servermanager features using xml. I did copy and pasted the above scripts to my Autounattend.xml, but installation fails.

Please help/advice

Thank you

a sample XML would be something like this

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8" ?>
<ServerManagerConfiguration Action="Install" xmlns="http://schemas.microsoft.com/sdm/Windows/ServerManager/Configuration/2007/1" xmlns:xs="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema">
<RoleService Id="FS-DFS-Namespace" />
<Feature Id="Backup" />
</ServerManagerConfiguration>

looking at your code you don't have the ending </servermanagerConfiguration> tag. like most XML, you need to keep it properly represented with an ending tag for a matching start tag

Another option is to use the MDT toolkit, they have an entire GUI interface to choose roles/feature that are available in 2008.

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I am not sure what the issue is.

This should be pretty straightforward.

Are you using Windows System image manager?

Add the Foundation Pack to your XML file and chose your roles and options

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This is my xml file (saved as unatted.xml, and is saved in dvd root/sources folder)

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<unattend xmlns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:unattend">
<servicing>
<package action="install">
<assemblyIdentity name="Microsoft-Windows-Foundation-Package" version="6.0.6001.18000" processorArchitecture="amd64" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="" />
<selection name="BitLocker" state="true" />
<selection name="DesktopExperience" state="true" />
<selection name="MicrosoftWindowsPowerShell" state="true" />
<selection name="NetFx3" state="true" />
<selection name="XPS-Viewer" state="true" />
<selection name="Printing-Server-Role" state="true" />
<selection name="Printing-InternetPrinting-Server" state="true" />
<selection name="WirelessNetworking" state="true" />
</package>
</servicing>
<settings pass="oobeSystem">
<component name="Microsoft-Windows-Shell-Setup" processorArchitecture="amd64" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS" xmlns:wcm="http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance">
<OOBE>
<HideEULAPage>true</HideEULAPage>
<NetworkLocation>Home</NetworkLocation>
<SkipMachineOOBE>true</SkipMachineOOBE>
<SkipUserOOBE>true</SkipUserOOBE>
<ProtectYourPC>1</ProtectYourPC>
</OOBE>
<Themes>
<CustomDefaultThemeFile>c:\windows\resources\themes\windows 7.theme</CustomDefaultThemeFile>
<DefaultThemesOff>false</DefaultThemesOff>
</Themes>
</component>
</settings>
<settings pass="specialize">
<component name="Security-Malware-Windows-Defender" processorArchitecture="amd64" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="NonSxS" xmlns:wcm="http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance">
<DisableAntiSpyware>true</DisableAntiSpyware>
</component>
<component name="Security-Malware-Windows-Defender" processorArchitecture="wow64" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="NonSxS" xmlns:wcm="http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance">
<DisableAntiSpyware>true</DisableAntiSpyware>
</component>
<component name="Microsoft-Windows-IE-ESC" processorArchitecture="x86" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS" xmlns:wcm="http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance">
<IEHardenAdmin>false</IEHardenAdmin>
<IEHardenUser>false</IEHardenUser>
</component>
<component name="Microsoft-Windows-ServerManager-SvrMgrNc" processorArchitecture="amd64" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS" xmlns:wcm="http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance">
<DoNotOpenServerManagerAtLogon>true</DoNotOpenServerManagerAtLogon>
</component>
</settings>
</unattend>

Created on a new server source using Windows System image manager. But still does not install roles/features. Can somebody please point out what or were am going wrong?

EDIT:

Or maybe can sombody please show me a working xml (obviously without personal info's..eg key..lol)

EDIT:

After validating my xml, i get this error.

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Thank you

Edited by shahed26
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