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What are the attributes required by the `<component>` element in Windows unattend.xml files?

The <component> element in an unattend.xml file -- used to provide information required by fully automated Windows installs -- is generally presented with a number of attributes, for example: ...
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Unattended installation of Windows Server 2012 on KVM

I am trying to perform an unattended install of Windows Server 2012 into a KVM virtual machine, using virt-install. The installer is complaining, "Windows cannot read the <ProductKey> setting ...
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Unable to perform an unattended domain join using WDS and an answer file on Windows 8.1

I've already looked through the other questions related to this and none of them were able to help me. I've already spent several days on this damned unattended process and, miraculously, I was able ...
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WDS Answer Files - 32bit works, 64bit doesn't

We're getting very stuck in our office at the moment. We're upgrading all of our old XP machines to Win7 over the summer holiday while the school is closed. As we have so many machines we have set ...
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WDS install not working, Fails

I am trying to deploy Windows 7 x86 with MDT 2013 and WDS (Server 2012 R2) but it is failing: WDS boots the litetouch WIM (32 or 64 bit) and Lite Touch takes over. I select the Task sequence (Windows ...
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Setting date format in unattended Windows deployment

Our organization would like to use the ISO date format (known in Windows as yyyy-MM-dd). I've configured this in our image. When I deploy the image, it replaces the date format with the default ...
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What is a minimal useful unattend.xml file for SysPrep on Windows 7

Could you provide a minimal unattend.xml file for use in Windows 7, which will be manually installed, updated and configured on one workstation, then SysPrep will be run like this: ...
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NSCLIENT++ Unattended Installation + Allowed Hosts

For the best of me I just cant get it to install properly. I have dozens of Win servers to deploy this thing but the nsclient.ini never updates at the end of the installation. This is what I'm ...
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How can I pass parameters to a sysprepped Windows 2012 image at first boot using an unattend.xml file?

I'm trying to create a Windows 2012 sysprepped image that I can boot from script, for creating automated test environments, and finding myself a little confused. My understanding was that I could ...
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Suddenly WDS started Ignoring PE unattend file

I have been using WDS and the same PE unattend file for ages and suddenly it just stopped working. We always use the same file for all workstations so it is identified in the CLIENT tab of the WDS ...
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Unattended Net-install Ubuntu over Wifi with user-supplied network info

Is there a way to change the Ubuntu Ubiquity installation to not continue without an internet connection? I have created a preseed file that automated the entire installation process including ...
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Get ip address and set as variable bash shell script [duplicate]

I am trying to write a bash script to configure an app (unattended install). All I need to do is this. I need to get the IP address for the server and set it as a variable. I am writing this script to ...
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Sysprep and unattend.xml: remove local user account on windows 7

We are deploying Windows 7 using WDS. We want to remove the local user account which was created during setup. We don't need this account since the machines join a domain and a domain user account is ...
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Set MAK and activate Office 2010 when deploying a syspreped image

I am deploying Windows 7 using Windows Deployment Services (WDS) on Server 2008 R2. On the image I have Office 2010 already installed. I don't use Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) but Windows ...
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Unattended Linux installation from PXE using IPMI

This is what I have: Kickstart server with multiple Linux distros on it. Multiple Supermicro server machines I'm connecting using IPMI. What I need: I need some way to run unattended installation ...
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Unattended Windows 7 install with non-DHCP DNS Server: Domain join fails, claiming it can't find the domain

I'm trying to build an unattended Windows 7 image script that will do a simple domain join. The catch is that the DHCP-provided DNS server knows absolutely nothing about my domain, so I need to set ...
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Adding Unattended.xml Files to Hyper-V Powershell Creation?

As of right now I have a Powershell 3.0 Script Provisioning and Creating Servers. What I want to do is add an Unattended.xml to take it a step further (So I wouldn't have to get on and click ...
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Automate HP ProtectTools using MDT

Our company is currently using HP ProtectTools to perform Drive Encryption on our HP laptops. I recently built an MDT 2012 Deployment Share to automate our imaging process and would like to find a way ...
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Ubuntu - Unattended Custom Install Over Network using Small Live CD

I know this method must exist but I can't seem to find it anywhere. I'm in the works of creating a custom Ubuntu Server disc that will be deployed on multiple VPS. I'd like it to be installed over ...
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Server 2012 Autounattend.xml - make offline drives online?

I'm attempting to set up multiple drive letters (whole disk partitions) on a second and third disk during the autounattend.xml install of Server 2012. The partitions are created and formatted. ...
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How can I deploy Windows 8 Pro over WDS so that it is already connected to my domain? [closed]

I'm attempting to teach myself how to work with Windows Server 2012. I installed the Windows Deployment Service using a Windows 8 (x64) iso file. Installing this on my client machine is actually ...
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Autounattend.xml for custom install.wim (Windows 7 based)

I've created a custom install.wim for my Windows 7 installations. It works just fine if I go through the install wizard manually. As soon as I add a "autounattend.xml" file to my install medium I get ...
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When building a catalog file against a image file in WAIK does it need to be the image you intend to deploy?

When building a catalog file against a image file in WAIK, does it need to be the image you intend to deploy? I have a unattend.xml answer file created in SIM, for WDS. I originally had a problem with ...
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Unattended Uninstall of IIS 7.0

I know there are scripts available on the Microsoft website to have an unattended installation of IIS, but I was wondering if there is anyone who can help me out with a script to have an unattended ...
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Enable Dell PowerEdge 830 withoud CD Rom drive to boot unattended

I removed the cd rom drive from a Dell PowerEdge 830 Now it does not start unattended anymore. It boots normal, then halts at a line that says "strike F1 to continue, F2 to run setup". F1 would work ...
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debian - running unattended-upgrades on a particular day of the week

We're running unattended-upgrades on debian squeeze, and would like it to run once a week, only on a Wednesday morning. To attempt this, we have set: APT::Periodic::Unattended-Upgrade "7" in ...
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FreeBSD 9 unattended installation: how to perform?

That is, like you do with kickstart on Redhat or autoyast in SuSE or jumpstart in Solaris? The OS docs do not seem to answer that simple question.
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WDS deployed image of Windows 7 not joining domain

I would like for someone to chip in and take a look at these files and let me know if I'm doing something wrong. I'm running a test environment with Win2k8 R2 with WDS, AD DS, DNS and DHCP in ...
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Windows 7 unattended install and disk/partition wiping

Im currently having a problem when trying to setup an unattended install of windows 7. When the hard drive has no partitions the install goes fine. However if the hard drive has any existing ...
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Autounattended.xml & GPT partitions

We are trying to setup an unattended install of windows 7 to a gpt partition on a Lenovo U410, which has UEFI bios. This webpage outlines how to format the disk for GPT. If add the default ...
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unattended.xml & Autologon

I'm in the process of making and answers file for Windows 7. Mostly it's done however, I can't work out how to Add the autologon to the answers file. See below. No matter where I put the Autologon in ...
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sysprep failure on Windows Server 2008

Before deploying a Azure VM Role, we need to perform %windir%\system32\sysprep\sysprep.exe /generalize /oobe /shutdown But in my case the sysprep fails with the log file ...
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Configure Windows 7 Wireless at Windows Setup with Unattend?

Is it possible to configure the wireless settings at deployment by customizing the Unattend.xml file?
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Windows 7 Unattended install - Not really 'unattended'

I have been trying for a few days to get a correct and working Unattended.xml answerfile for Windows 7. Trying to create a completely unattended install of Windows 7 to where a tech can insert USB ...
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Automatically deploying Windows Server 2003 and 2008 unattended

We are currently using PXE boots to automate the installations and reinstallations of our dedicated servers. This is working great for all Linux based systems like Debian, CentOS, VMware and Ubuntu in ...
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automatically bring up a new virtual machine using a sysprep vhd in hyper-v

i have a VHD which has been sysprepped (it was created on Hyper-V itself), and i have the answer file too generated by sysprep. now i need to bring up a new VM using Hyper-V which will use the above ...
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Windows Unattended: Running a program from the OS boot drive and not “C:” drive

See http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff715408.aspx for FirstLogonCommand, how do I specify a CommandLine for the OS boot drive and not just use "C:" like the examples do. The OS boot drive ...
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Windows Unattended: Hide the “Windows Updates are Disabled For This Computer” Message?

In autounattend.xml I can set <ProtectYourPC>3</ProtectYourPC> to disable automatic updates. However, after installing, Windows still complains loudly that updates are disabled. By ...
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Unattended Windows Vista & 7: Show the Internet Explorer Icon on the Desktop

In an unattended installation how do I tell Windows I want the Internet Explorer icon on the Desktop? Can I do this from unattended.xml? Or do I need a registry key or command?
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How can I peer into a Windows user's RDP session for support, where I initiate the support session?

I've used both WebEx and GoToAssist, but neither of them have a story to tell for 'unattended' access of a user's desktop unless the user is using the machine's primary console. Unattended in the ...
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VMware Sysprep with Custom Unattended.xml

I was looking into using VCenter for deploying VMs and wanted to take advantage of the built-in template features and the ability to make use of unattended.xml files. I have a Windows 7 template that ...
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Sysprep rearm set to 1 and shouldn't have been. Any workarounds for automatic activation prior to the 30 day period?

I work for a fairly large school. We are deploying 850 tablet PCs to students starting tomorrow (Windows 7 Enterprise with a MAK). We have imaged all of these machines with our standard student image ...
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Can someone help me find concise and complete instructions for WDS?

I've gotten it to work once for a smaller deployment. Now I'm building a new image (Windows 7 Pro x86) to capture but I can't get it to work again because I think the instructions I use aren't really ...
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WDS or MDT for Windows 7 Deployment?

About 6-7 months ago I did a Windows 7 deployment using Windows Deployment Services. I successfully deployed the clients but I honestly still don't understand how WDS works. It seems like a really ...
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Using WDS with Skiprearm

I have a Windows 7 image I created using WDS that works great. However I'd like to put this image on a PC, run updates and add some software, and then capture it again for use in the future. I can ...
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Joining domain in depolying image with Unattend file

I am deploying windows 7 images to our classroom PC's via WDS. Am trying to get the machine to auto join the domain through the unattend file but am running into an issue. The unattendfile is created ...
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Windows 2008 R2 Unattended installation example?

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 ...
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unattended BIOS configuration for HP server (DL160SE G6)

We are having a big deployment of servers (DL160SE G6) and I need to find a way to configure their BIOS settings without going through the RBSU of each one - It would take too long. I am thinking ...
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Unattended upgrades on Ubuntu, for *all* packages (from any repository)

I'd like to have my Ubuntu system automatically upgrade all packages. I added to my /etc/apt/apt.conf.d/10periodic: APT::Periodic::Unattended-Upgrade "1"; However, I still need to maintain the list ...
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What are some of the best answer file settings for a WDS Deployment?

I've had my head buried in answer files for days now and have gotten quite comfortable setting them up, test, etc... I use a handful of Components to help my migrations, for my unattend.xml I like: ...