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I'm working with Windows Server 2012, Windows Deployment Service (WDS), and Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit (ADK). I created a base unattended.xml file. When I go to edit in an xml editor it's actually a bit annoying since I don't have an xsd.

Basically, I was wondering if there is a schema (xsd) for the unattended.xml file. I know I can easily go to the Microsoft TechNet: Unattended Windows Setup site, but I find two issues with this:

  1. I can't seem to find the attributes available for each node.

    For example... I know that Microsoft-Windows-Setup allows for attributes such as publicKeyToken, language, versionScope, and processorArchitecture just by looking at the default unattended.xml file that I have; but, on the page I do not see these attributes listed... only a summary and what nodes can be placed within this node.

  2. It doesn't increase the speed or make it easy to edit the xml file in my xml editor.

Again, just looking for where I can actually find the xsd whether it is a Microsoft download or if it is in a specific folder location from a Microsoft download or even someone's sky drive account if it had to have been hand-made.

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If you've got WAIK 8 installed then go to the directory that you've installed it to. Locate the file Microsoft.ComponentStudio.ComponentPlatformInterface.dll and open it in your favourite decompiler to see how Microsoft do it.

The main method to look at is the Validate() method and when you look at it it goes through the different stages (passes) and validates them one-by-one. ValidateXml() is useful and worth a look too, as is DoLoad()

It's basically taking some of the XSD files that are installed with WAIK and using them:
"C:\Program Files\Microsoft Deployment Toolkit\Templates\Drivers.xsd"
"C:\Program Files\Microsoft Deployment Toolkit\Templates\Groups.xsd"
"C:\Program Files\Microsoft Deployment Toolkit\Templates\InstallerComponents.xsd"
"C:\Program Files\Microsoft Deployment Toolkit\Templates\LinkedDeploymentShares.xsd"
"C:\Program Files\Microsoft Deployment Toolkit\Templates\Medias.xsd"
"C:\Program Files\Microsoft Deployment Toolkit\Templates\OperatingSystems.xsd"
"C:\Program Files\Microsoft Deployment Toolkit\Templates\Packages.xsd"
"C:\Program Files\Microsoft Deployment Toolkit\Templates\SelectionProfiles.xsd"
"C:\Program Files\Microsoft Deployment Toolkit\Templates\TaskSequences.xsd"
"C:\Program Files\Microsoft Deployment Toolkit\Templates\Applications.xsd"

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According to this stackoverflow question (link), you can generate it

xsd.exe unattend.xml

I did some keyword search for all xsd files in MDT, following file match publicKeyToken, language, and processorArchitecture (but no versionScope)

C:\Program Files\Microsoft Deployment Toolkit\Templates\Packages.xsd

It seems I am running to dead end even from MS documentation. http://schemas.microsoft.com/unattend gives error page(it does contain other MS schema). Tried using resource viewer on some DLLs but didn't find any xsd resources. I am starting to suspect that the unattend schema is stored as some kind of data structure within MS tools.

I did use the xsd.exe against Microsoft Deployment Toolkit\Templates\Unattend_Core_x64.xml and produced the following xsd. Maybe that can help with your xml editor. (This does not replace an official schema.)

Unattend_Core_x64.xsd

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<xs:schema id="unattend" targetNamespace="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:unattend" xmlns:mstns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:unattend" xmlns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:unattend" xmlns:xs="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema" xmlns:msdata="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:xml-msdata" attributeFormDefault="qualified" elementFormDefault="qualified" xmlns:app1="http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State">
  <xs:import namespace="http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State" schemaLocation="Unattend_Core_x64_app1.xsd" />
  <xs:element name="unattend" msdata:IsDataSet="true" msdata:UseCurrentLocale="true">
    <xs:complexType>
      <xs:choice minOccurs="0" maxOccurs="unbounded">
        <xs:element name="settings">
          <xs:complexType>
            <xs:sequence>
              <xs:element name="component" minOccurs="0" maxOccurs="unbounded">
                <xs:complexType>
                  <xs:sequence>
                    <xs:element name="ComputerName" type="xs:string" minOccurs="0" msdata:Ordinal="1" />
                    <xs:element name="ProductKey" type="xs:string" minOccurs="0" msdata:Ordinal="2" />
                    <xs:element name="RegisteredOrganization" type="xs:string" minOccurs="0" msdata:Ordinal="3" />
                    <xs:element name="RegisteredOwner" type="xs:string" minOccurs="0" msdata:Ordinal="4" />
                    <xs:element name="DoNotCleanTaskBar" type="xs:string" minOccurs="0" msdata:Ordinal="5" />
                    <xs:element name="TimeZone" type="xs:string" minOccurs="0" msdata:Ordinal="6" />
                    <xs:element name="InputLocale" type="xs:string" minOccurs="0" msdata:Ordinal="7" />
                    <xs:element name="SystemLocale" type="xs:string" minOccurs="0" msdata:Ordinal="8" />
                    <xs:element name="UILanguage" type="xs:string" minOccurs="0" msdata:Ordinal="9" />
                    <xs:element name="UserLocale" type="xs:string" minOccurs="0" msdata:Ordinal="10" />
                    <xs:element name="UserAccounts" minOccurs="0" maxOccurs="unbounded">
                      <xs:complexType>
                        <xs:sequence>
                          <xs:element name="AdministratorPassword" minOccurs="0" maxOccurs="unbounded">
                            <xs:complexType>
                              <xs:sequence>
                                <xs:element name="Value" type="xs:string" minOccurs="0" />
                                <xs:element name="PlainText" type="xs:string" minOccurs="0" />
                              </xs:sequence>
                            </xs:complexType>
                          </xs:element>
                        </xs:sequence>
                      </xs:complexType>
                    </xs:element>
                    <xs:element name="AutoLogon" minOccurs="0" maxOccurs="unbounded">
                      <xs:complexType>
                        <xs:sequence>
                          <xs:element name="Enabled" type="xs:string" minOccurs="0" />
                          <xs:element name="Username" type="xs:string" minOccurs="0" />
                          <xs:element name="Domain" type="xs:string" minOccurs="0" />
                          <xs:element name="LogonCount" type="xs:string" minOccurs="0" />
                          <xs:element name="Password" minOccurs="0" maxOccurs="unbounded">
                            <xs:complexType>
                              <xs:sequence>
                                <xs:element name="Value" type="xs:string" minOccurs="0" />
                                <xs:element name="PlainText" type="xs:string" minOccurs="0" />
                              </xs:sequence>
                            </xs:complexType>
                          </xs:element>
                        </xs:sequence>
                      </xs:complexType>
                    </xs:element>
                    <xs:element name="RunSynchronous" minOccurs="0" maxOccurs="unbounded">
                      <xs:complexType>
                        <xs:sequence>
                          <xs:element name="RunSynchronousCommand" minOccurs="0" maxOccurs="unbounded">
                            <xs:complexType>
                              <xs:sequence>
                                <xs:element name="Description" type="xs:string" minOccurs="0" msdata:Ordinal="0" />
                                <xs:element name="Order" type="xs:string" minOccurs="0" msdata:Ordinal="1" />
                                <xs:element name="Path" type="xs:string" minOccurs="0" msdata:Ordinal="2" />
                              </xs:sequence>
                              <xs:attribute ref="app1:action" />
                            </xs:complexType>
                          </xs:element>
                        </xs:sequence>
                      </xs:complexType>
                    </xs:element>
                    <xs:element name="Identification" minOccurs="0" maxOccurs="unbounded">
                      <xs:complexType>
                        <xs:sequence>
                          <xs:element name="JoinDomain" type="xs:string" minOccurs="0" />
                          <xs:element name="JoinWorkgroup" type="xs:string" minOccurs="0" />
                          <xs:element name="MachineObjectOU" type="xs:string" minOccurs="0" />
                          <xs:element name="Credentials" minOccurs="0" maxOccurs="unbounded">
                            <xs:complexType>
                              <xs:sequence>
                                <xs:element name="Username" type="xs:string" minOccurs="0" />
                                <xs:element name="Domain" type="xs:string" minOccurs="0" />
                                <xs:element name="Password" type="xs:string" minOccurs="0" />
                              </xs:sequence>
                            </xs:complexType>
                          </xs:element>
                        </xs:sequence>
                      </xs:complexType>
                    </xs:element>
                    <xs:element name="SetupUILanguage" minOccurs="0" maxOccurs="unbounded">
                      <xs:complexType>
                        <xs:sequence>
                          <xs:element name="UILanguage" type="xs:string" minOccurs="0" />
                        </xs:sequence>
                      </xs:complexType>
                    </xs:element>
                    <xs:element name="ImageInstall" minOccurs="0" maxOccurs="unbounded">
                      <xs:complexType>
                        <xs:sequence>
                          <xs:element name="OSImage" minOccurs="0" maxOccurs="unbounded">
                            <xs:complexType>
                              <xs:sequence>
                                <xs:element name="WillShowUI" type="xs:string" minOccurs="0" />
                                <xs:element name="InstallTo" minOccurs="0" maxOccurs="unbounded">
                                  <xs:complexType>
                                    <xs:sequence>
                                      <xs:element name="DiskID" type="xs:string" minOccurs="0" />
                                      <xs:element name="PartitionID" type="xs:string" minOccurs="0" />
                                    </xs:sequence>
                                  </xs:complexType>
                                </xs:element>
                                <xs:element name="InstallFrom" minOccurs="0" maxOccurs="unbounded">
                                  <xs:complexType>
                                    <xs:sequence>
                                      <xs:element name="Path" type="xs:string" minOccurs="0" />
                                      <xs:element name="MetaData" minOccurs="0" maxOccurs="unbounded">
                                        <xs:complexType>
                                          <xs:sequence>
                                            <xs:element name="Key" type="xs:string" minOccurs="0" />
                                            <xs:element name="Value" type="xs:string" minOccurs="0" />
                                          </xs:sequence>
                                        </xs:complexType>
                                      </xs:element>
                                    </xs:sequence>
                                  </xs:complexType>
                                </xs:element>
                              </xs:sequence>
                            </xs:complexType>
                          </xs:element>
                        </xs:sequence>
                      </xs:complexType>
                    </xs:element>
                    <xs:element name="Display" minOccurs="0" maxOccurs="unbounded">
                      <xs:complexType>
                        <xs:sequence>
                          <xs:element name="ColorDepth" type="xs:string" minOccurs="0" />
                          <xs:element name="HorizontalResolution" type="xs:string" minOccurs="0" />
                          <xs:element name="RefreshRate" type="xs:string" minOccurs="0" />
                          <xs:element name="VerticalResolution" type="xs:string" minOccurs="0" />
                        </xs:sequence>
                      </xs:complexType>
                    </xs:element>
                    <xs:element name="FirstLogonCommands" minOccurs="0" maxOccurs="unbounded">
                      <xs:complexType>
                        <xs:sequence>
                          <xs:element name="SynchronousCommand" minOccurs="0" maxOccurs="unbounded">
                            <xs:complexType>
                              <xs:sequence>
                                <xs:element name="CommandLine" type="xs:string" minOccurs="0" msdata:Ordinal="0" />
                                <xs:element name="Description" type="xs:string" minOccurs="0" msdata:Ordinal="1" />
                                <xs:element name="Order" type="xs:string" minOccurs="0" msdata:Ordinal="2" />
                              </xs:sequence>
                              <xs:attribute ref="app1:action" />
                            </xs:complexType>
                          </xs:element>
                        </xs:sequence>
                      </xs:complexType>
                    </xs:element>
                    <xs:element name="OOBE" minOccurs="0" maxOccurs="unbounded">
                      <xs:complexType>
                        <xs:sequence>
                          <xs:element name="HideEULAPage" type="xs:string" minOccurs="0" />
                          <xs:element name="NetworkLocation" type="xs:string" minOccurs="0" />
                          <xs:element name="ProtectYourPC" type="xs:string" minOccurs="0" />
                        </xs:sequence>
                      </xs:complexType>
                    </xs:element>
                    <xs:element name="ComplianceCheck" minOccurs="0" maxOccurs="unbounded">
                      <xs:complexType>
                        <xs:sequence>
                          <xs:element name="DisplayReport" type="xs:string" minOccurs="0" />
                        </xs:sequence>
                      </xs:complexType>
                    </xs:element>
                    <xs:element name="UserData" minOccurs="0" maxOccurs="unbounded">
                      <xs:complexType>
                        <xs:sequence>
                          <xs:element name="AcceptEula" type="xs:string" minOccurs="0" />
                          <xs:element name="ProductKey" minOccurs="0" maxOccurs="unbounded">
                            <xs:complexType>
                              <xs:sequence>
                                <xs:element name="Key" type="xs:string" minOccurs="0" />
                              </xs:sequence>
                            </xs:complexType>
                          </xs:element>
                        </xs:sequence>
                      </xs:complexType>
                    </xs:element>
                    <xs:element name="DriverPaths" minOccurs="0" maxOccurs="unbounded">
                      <xs:complexType>
                        <xs:sequence>
                          <xs:element name="PathAndCredentials" minOccurs="0" maxOccurs="unbounded">
                            <xs:complexType>
                              <xs:sequence>
                                <xs:element name="Path" type="xs:string" minOccurs="0" msdata:Ordinal="0" />
                              </xs:sequence>
                              <xs:attribute ref="app1:keyValue" />
                              <xs:attribute ref="app1:action" />
                            </xs:complexType>
                          </xs:element>
                        </xs:sequence>
                      </xs:complexType>
                    </xs:element>
                  </xs:sequence>
                  <xs:attribute name="name" form="unqualified" type="xs:string" />
                  <xs:attribute name="processorArchitecture" form="unqualified" type="xs:string" />
                  <xs:attribute name="publicKeyToken" form="unqualified" type="xs:string" />
                  <xs:attribute name="language" form="unqualified" type="xs:string" />
                  <xs:attribute name="versionScope" form="unqualified" type="xs:string" />
                </xs:complexType>
              </xs:element>
            </xs:sequence>
            <xs:attribute name="pass" form="unqualified" type="xs:string" />
          </xs:complexType>
        </xs:element>
      </xs:choice>
    </xs:complexType>
  </xs:element>
</xs:schema>
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I try to locate AIK for 2012 but the lastest I can find is for 7. –  John Siu Jan 13 '13 at 8:11
    
Generating a schema from an xml will result in something very different than having the real schema file. :( –  m-y Jan 13 '13 at 13:44
    
I understand. I am still digging for the real thing. –  John Siu Jan 13 '13 at 20:51
    
Updated my answer. Basically I am running into dead end for an official xsd. –  John Siu Jan 14 '13 at 2:28
    
I've awarded you the bounty for being the closest to the answer I need, but not the checkmark because I'm still going to leave this open for an official xsd. –  m-y Jan 17 '13 at 14:48

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