Server Fault is a question and answer site for system and network administrators. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

In following-up another question, are there any sources of reliable (ie, "just works") unattended response files for Windows 2008 R2 x64 available for modification, or do you have to start with the WAIK?

share|improve this question
Can you specify what you mean by an "it just works" unattend response file? – Jim B Apr 5 '11 at 20:32
ie - one that's known to deploy, doesn't need any special tweaking beyond license key – warren Apr 5 '11 at 20:38
so you don't need any networking config, server name generation etc? – Jim B Apr 5 '11 at 20:41
@Jim B - dhcp is fine, I'm just looking for a bare-bones one to start from – warren Apr 5 '11 at 20:43
If you plan on making an changes to a working autounattend then I would suggest you just make the changes via windows SIM (which would also create a new unattend if you don't already have one). I can post an unattend file but it would take longer for you to modify it than it would for you to make your own. – Jim B Apr 5 '11 at 20:52
up vote 2 down vote accepted

The WAIK contains a utility called windows SIM that will create autounattend.xml files (based on the answers you give it ) as well as build the deploy media if you so choose. For a virtual environment I would recommend not manually installing machines and would suggest setting up WDS (with or without MDT) to create custom server or workstation installs on the fly. Since the tools build all of the unattend files (plus have the ability to customize the OS) its generally worth the small time investment even if its just for a lab

share|improve this answer

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.