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How can I configure unattended installation of Ubuntu?

I'd like to configure an installer for Ubuntu which runs in 'unattended' mode and answers all the questions with defaults or pre-configured settings. Ideally it should run and reboot on it's own, ...
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Office 2010 silent activation after unattended installation

I've created an unattended install of Office 2010 using the OCT. We are using a MAK rather than KMS (not my decision). Is there a way to activate Office 2010 after the install? Even though the key is ...
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automated installs vs. drive imaging

What are the pros and cons of deploying via automated installs vs. drive imaging? For Windows I know there are issues around SID generation when cloning drives. Are there any similar issues for ...
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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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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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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 Server 2008 install: wpeinit -unattend:unattend.xml does nothing

I'm trying to set up automated installations of Windows Server 2008 x64. I have it working using a DVD and autounattend.xml on a USB key, but now I want to make it work over PXE so I don't have to ...
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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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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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How to disable “Windows Genuine Advantage Notification Installer” popup in a script?

Some time ago my Windows XP workstations started to show "Windows Genuine Advantage Notification Installer" popup every time I login as an administrator. How to get rid of it using a script? I know ...
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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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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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Is it required to keep the virtual machine window open to keep it running in Virtual Box?

Using Windows XP as host and guest(s) and VirtualBox as virtualization solution. Do I have to keep the guest's window open in order to keep it running? When I try to close it, the "Close Virtual ...
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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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How do I install Vista 64bit automatically via WDS and unattend files?

I am trying to automate the installation of Windows Vista 64bit on my network. I have WDS setup and working fine and can deploy images across the network. At present I manually select the settings ...
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Perform an unattended install of Windows Server 2008?

How can I perform an unattended install of Windows Server 2008? Is there an answer file mechanism? Is it possible to load the answer file automatically from the network or include it in the ISO? I'm ...
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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 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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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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How do you make the Windows Components option appear in Setup Manager?

Supposedly there is a "Windows Components" option under Advanced Settings when you run the Setup Manager (included in the \Tools\Deploy.cab from a Windows 2003 CD). I can't get this to show up. Is ...
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Drive letter assignment during XP installation

It seems that drive letters may change during unattended XP install. I'm trying to install XP on a PC with 1 primary partition an 1 logical volume on the hard drive, and 1 CD drive. After the ...
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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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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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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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Enable Powershell Remoting during unattended installation

Is there a way to enable Powershell remoting (Enable-PSRemoting) during an unattended Windows Server 2008 R2 installation? Is there a setting in unattend.xml for this?
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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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What is the unattend.txt entry to install DFS Replication Diagnostic and Configuration Tools?

I'm trying to make an unattend.txt-style file to use with sysocmgr.exe to verify certain Windows 2003 R2 components are uninstalled. I've been able to find most of them, but I can't find any ...
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How do I disable network location windows after unattended installation?

after I deployed an unattended windows 7 installation to a client, the network location windows still pops up even though I set the XML settings to "work"
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Windows 2008 Boot DVD

I am looking to create a custom boot DVD to run my unattended installs of windows 2008. I would like to have a menu system that lets the tech select what version of the OS they would like to install ...
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How to change the hostname at the end of pxe unattended installation on Debian

I just installed a pxe server, and i'm installing debian with pxe . completely unattended with preseeding. Now, all my installations come with the same hostname, how I can change the hostname to ...
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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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unattended recovery from image

I've got quite a few machines which sometimes need to be restored from an image. There's a slight problem that those machines are at different locations, don't have keyboards and sometimes don't even ...
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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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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: ...
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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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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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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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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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Remote installation and configuration software, preferrably open source

Im looking for some remote-installation software. I've looked briefly at unattended, opsi and a bunch of stuff, but there is nowhere near enough time to evaluate them all, and they are rather complex ...
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Remove English United States from unattend.txt

Hello I am trying to create an automated Windows Server 2003 build, everything is working fine, however, after the process has finished I am left with two keyboard layouts, English UK and English US. ...
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How to get Windows Server 2008 to join an domain and OU during build

Hello I am trying to get a server to join a domain and in particular an OU during build, I am familiar with this process for 2003, by editing the unattend.txt, but not for 2008 and it's unattend.xml ...
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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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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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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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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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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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WDS suddenly not adding new Windows 7 Install Images to the domain

I recently setup a WDS role on my Server 2008 R2 domain controller. For the last week I've been planning and testing a Windows 7 Professional deployment. I built a machine with Windows 7 and ...
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server for unattended Windows and Linux installations

what kind of software can handle with such problem: i need to prepare PC's for new employees in office, but I'm not administrator. I'd like to automate process of installing operating systems (Windows ...