RJTPlomp Posted August 25, 2006 Share Posted August 25, 2006 (edited) CDSWITCHFor those who don't know what functionality CDSWITCH adds to and unattended installation, it adds spanning your installation over multiple CD's or DVD's. Of course it kills the fully unattended goal, since you would then have to switch CD's or DVD's manually. But for those who still want it... CDSWITCH does what it does. And does it in a simple but nice way.I was testing how WPI would work with the CDSWITCH utility (described elsewhere in this forum) and found that the default CDSWITCH picture isn't matching with the style of the (classic theme) WPI interface. So I opened Photoshop and did some design myself. It's good enough for me. And maybe some of you can use it as well. This is how it looks in use:And this is the picture you can use:If you want to redesign, here's a link to the Photoshop .PSD file: .PSDElsewhere in this forum it was explained how to use CDSWITCH from WPI. A brief summary.... combined with some of my own thoughts.To switch to a different DVD or CD use two commandlines in the configuration of that application. To switch from the original WPI-containing disk (called VRMPVOL_EN in this example) to a CD containing Office 2003 (called OFF2003 in this example). You can configure WPI like this to install Office 2003 from a seperate disk:COMMAND 1: CDSWITCH OFF2003 /g:VRMPVOL_EN /d /p:WPI.jpg /lc:FFFFFF /ls:12 /lf:"Times New Roman" /lw:400 /ll:49 /lt:13COMMAND 2: %CDROM%\office\setup.exe TRANSFORMS=%SYSTEMDRIVE%\Install\Unattended.MST /qb-COMMAND 3: CDSWITCH VRMPVOL_EN /g:OFF2003 /d /p:WPI.jpg /lc:FFFFFF /ls:12 /lf:"Times New Roman" /lw:400 /ll:49 /lt:13Using the variable %CDROM% for reference to the correct drive known by WPI is of course also possible. Then you would have to use commands like below:COMMAND 1: CDSWITCH OFF2003 %CDROM% /d /p:WPI.jpg /lc:FFFFFF /ls:12 /lf:"Times New Roman" /lw:400 /ll:49 /lt:13COMMAND 2: %CDROM%\office\setup.exe TRANSFORMS=%SYSTEMDRIVE%\Install\Unattended.MST /qb-COMMAND 3: CDSWITCH VRMPVOL_EN %CDROM% /d /p:WPI.jpg /lc:FFFFFF /ls:12 /lf:"Times New Roman" /lw:400 /ll:49 /lt:13The third commandline is to switch back to the original WPI-containing disk (or any other for that matter) by running CDSWITCH from that commandline again. Kelsenellenelvian explained in a previous forum-post it's probably wiser to not switch back and forth to other disks all the time. Dividing the (to be installed) applications into ranges [1 to 50], [51-100] - [101 - xxx] and burning those 'ranges' onto different (numberwise increasing) disks would be the smartest.Cause it's quite a hassle to get the position of the displayed LABEL in this custom picture correct ... I guess it's easier to see how I do that, with some explanation:CDSWITCH OFF2003 /g:VRMPVOL_EN /d /p:WPI.jpg /lc:FFFFFF /ls:12 /lf:"Times New Roman" /lw:400 /ll:49 /lt:13OFF2003Label off the disk (CD/DVD-ROM) that contains Office 2003. This is the disk you want the user to switch to./g:VRMPVOL_ENThis is the label of the CD/DVD-ROM that needs to be ejected, so you know in which drive you need to put the disk with label OFF2003!/dThis switch suppresses the AUTORUN on the disk that will be inserted (OFF2003)./p:WPI.jpgMakes CDSWITCH use my customized picture WPI.jpg instead of the default picture./lc:FFFFFSets the displayed label color. In this case pure white./ls:12Sets the fontsize for the label./lf:"Times New Roman"Font used to display the label./lw:400Weight used for the font to display the label. 800 would give you bold:/ll:49Positions the label 49 pixels right of the default offset. Negative value would position to the left of the default (not tested!)./lt:13Positions the label 13 pixels below the default offset. Negative value would position above default (not tested!)I use the GUI switch-generator to make it easy to play around with the switches. This can be downloaded from the CDSWITCH-post found elsewhere in this forum.I hope you can make use of it.RolandDordrecht, The Netherlands Edited August 26, 2006 by RJTPlomp Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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