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gangsterhenk

Unattended Vista through WDS / Driverpaths

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I have successfully installed Windows Vista on a machine with Windows Deployment Services

with an xml answerfile....i dont understand the additional drivers, how to add them /specify them.

I added a driverpath in the answerfile like this example:

<PathAndCredentials wcm:keyValue="1">

<Path>\\myshare\driverpath</Path>

<Credentials>

<Domain>UserDomain</Domain>

<Username>UserName</Username>

<Password>UserPassword</Password>

</Credentials>

</PathAndCredentials>

I filled in the credentials, and tested if the share works....still during

installation i get an error that it cannot connect to the share and locate the drivers...

shouldnt it be \\SERVER\SHARE\driverpath instead of \\MYSHARE\driverpath ???

because it needs to know the server right or does it default use the WDS/RIS server ?

Im confused...

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Congrats ona a successful ua intall of vista.... :D

I would appreciate if u could post ure ua answer file. maybe i could help with ure issue once i get it installed on my system.

thanks.

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<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>

<unattend xmlns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:unattend">

<settings pass="windowsPE">

<component name="Microsoft-Windows-Setup" 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">

<DiskConfiguration>

<Disk wcm:action="add">

<ModifyPartitions>

<ModifyPartition wcm:action="add">

<Active>true</Active>

<Extend>false</Extend>

<Format>NTFS</Format>

<Label>VISTA</Label>

<Letter>C</Letter>

<Order>1</Order>

<PartitionID>1</PartitionID>

</ModifyPartition>

</ModifyPartitions>

<DiskID>0</DiskID>

<WillWipeDisk>true</WillWipeDisk>

</Disk>

<WillShowUI>OnError</WillShowUI>

</DiskConfiguration>

<ImageInstall>

<OSImage>

<InstallTo>

<DiskID>0</DiskID>

<PartitionID>1</PartitionID>

</InstallTo>

<WillShowUI>OnError</WillShowUI>

</OSImage>

</ImageInstall>

<UserData>

<ProductKey>

<WillShowUI>OnError</WillShowUI>

<Key><edited></Key>

</ProductKey>

<AcceptEula>true</AcceptEula>

<FullName>HOMEUSER</FullName>

<Organization>HOMEORG</Organization>

</UserData>

</component>

<component name="Microsoft-Windows-PnpCustomizationsWinPE" 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">

<DriverPaths>

<PathAndCredentials wcm:action="add" wcm:keyValue="1">

<Credentials>

<Domain>domain</Domain>

<Password>password</Password>

<Username>admin</Username>

</Credentials>

<Path>\\rdm1\reminst\alldrivers</Path>

</PathAndCredentials>

</DriverPaths>

</component>

</settings>

<settings pass="oobeSystem">

<component name="Microsoft-Windows-Shell-Setup" 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">

<OOBE>

<HideEULAPage>true</HideEULAPage>

<ProtectYourPC>3</ProtectYourPC>

<SkipMachineOOBE>true</SkipMachineOOBE>

<SkipUserOOBE>true</SkipUserOOBE>

</OOBE>

</component>

</settings>

<settings pass="specialize">

<component name="Microsoft-Windows-UnattendedJoin" 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">

<Identification>

<Credentials>

<Domain>domain</Domain>

<Password>password</Password>

<Username>admin</Username>

</Credentials>

<JoinDomain>domain</JoinDomain>

</Identification>

</component>

</settings>

<settings pass="offlineServicing">

<component name="Microsoft-Windows-PnpCustomizationsNonWinPE" 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">

<DriverPaths>

<PathAndCredentials wcm:action="add" wcm:keyValue="1">

<Credentials>

<Domain>domain</Domain>

<Password>password</Password>

<Username>admin</Username>

</Credentials>

<Path>\\rdm1\reminst\alldrivers</Path>

</PathAndCredentials>

</DriverPaths>

</component>

</settings>

<cpi:offlineImage cpi:source="wim:w:/winpe/install.wim#Windows Vista ULTIMATE" xmlns:cpi="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:cpi" />

</unattend>

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i will write down the error soon..

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<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>

</unattend>

This is the image unattend, what did you use for the WDSClientUnattend.xml?

Or perhaps I am misinterpreting the wds/workbench/SIM documentation and the image setup unattend config will over ride the WDS unattend?

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your file looks fine, do you have all the files you need in the one folder you listed there? or are they all in seperate folders?

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You deployed this with WDS? Was your image on network or local?

Edit: Whoops! sorry for the dumb question, I looked at the .xml wrong.

Edited by Spooky

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is there any option while installing vista the the windows folder goes to the c drive and the program files folder goes to d drive automatically

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I'm a bit confused right now.

I've installed WDS but now wich *.wim file should I use on the WDS Server? boot.wim or winpe.boot?

And...how can I use network services in the WinPE? I'm using VMWare Workstation! :)

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