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In case anyone was wondering - Office installs OSPP.VBS in the office14 directory and can handle office activation, among other things. In OCT I set it to run c:\windows\system32\cscript C:\"Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Office\Office14\OSPP.VBS" /act during post-installation. All office products are activated after that. I have it silent install Visio, ...


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I've used FAI for this before, to good effect. It will do the install over a network or from a bootable CD-ROM. It's for debian, but should work fine with Ubuntu.


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Overview You can distribute a WinPE image using pxelinux or any other PXE boot technology. That will get you a scriptable command prompt able to launch an unattended install. You can use WAIK to create an unattend.xml file that's called during setup where you can create your own build scripts that meet whatever it is that your needs are. The unattend file ...


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It's kind of a weird design flaw in the Windows sysprep system. Joining the domain happens in the specialize phase. You can't be prompted to name the computer until the OOBE phase though. What I suspect is happening is that you are trying to name the computer in the out of box experience after you've already joined the computer to the domain. This breaks the ...


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Ifaraone points at a good tutorial for this. If you're used to RedHat kickstart, the Ubuntu approach will probably annoy you to begin with. Don't be tempted to use the Ubuntu "port" of kickstart config - it's insufficiently mature at this stage to be flexible enough. In particular, disc partitioning using preseed is a real pain, as the partman ...


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http://www.debuntu.org/how-to-unattended-ubuntu-network-install is a pretty fair tutorial on the subject.


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Not to muddy the waters on this post but I set this up using this command in OCT: [WindowsFolder]\system32\cscript [INSTALLLOCATION]\OSPP.VBS With the paramater of /act Just in case someone else needs that info. Ross


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You should be able to accomplish this using the HP conrep utility provided in the SmartStart Scripting Toolkit. If you're looking at the Advanced BIOS settings, are you trying to change things like the set of low-latency options for the system? Here's a link to an HP white paper detailing the setup for specific low-latency applications. Some advanced BIOS ...


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For ten laptops I would definitely use MDT. Download the package from Microsoft and read through the docs, they're quite good and cover all of the steps you need to make it go. If you encounter larger numbers of machines to deploy to I would then look towards WDS but use it with MDT. Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2010 Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) ...


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Unfortunately, the new installer doesn't have much in the way of automation. This will hopefully be fixed in the near future. The good news is it's not doing anything terribly complicated, so you can write your own "installer" easily. Just netboot (well documented), then write a shell script to do all the partitioning/formatting you want/need and un-tar the ...


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How can I deploy Windows 8 Pro over WDS so that it is already connected to my domain? After you read the documentation that I linked to in the comments, you should have an unattended file linked to your WDS install image. The <UnattendedJoin> section of that answer file is where you can input credentials that are used to join the client to the ...


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One simple way that comes to mind without setting up things in DHCP. Assuming there is a web site you can add files to. Place the hostname inside a file based on the Mac. Then retrieve it with wget. e.g.: mac=`ifconfig eth0 | grep HWaddr | sed 's/^.*HWaddr //; s/://g'` wget -O hostname.txt http://www.example.com/$mac hostname `cat hostname.txt` The ...


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The VirtualBox help file describes how to do what you want. In VBox v3.06, it's listed in: Chapter 7. Alternative front-ends; remote virtual machines


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I've found the following solution. This popup was shown by Windows Scheduler in a job named WGASetup. I just needed to get rid of it. It would be easy to delete this job, but I think Windows Update, in its helpfulness would recreate it. I needed to disable this job. It is fairy easy to do using job properties window but not so easy using a script. I've ...


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On Windows Vista & 7, there is no more a desktop Internet Explorer icon like there was in Windows XP, so there is no setting you can use in order to show it on the desktop. If you really need an Internet Explorer icon on the desktop, you'll have to place a shortcut there; but it will not provide the same functions the XP icon provided (f.e. quick access ...


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You want to use Audit Mode when creating your Sysprep image. Audit Mode enables you to customize a Windows installation without prompting to create user accounts and configure your location and time zone. Reference: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc722413(v=ws.10).aspx


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Imaging is a losing proposition. A full CentOS kickstart installation should take under 10 minutes. If your install is significantly slower, that's the problem worth investigating. The problem with imaging is that you have to keep a "golden" copy and update it as you make changes to your build. This means that you still need a mechanism for an unattended ...


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I disagree with some of the answers here. If done correctly you can take an Image and load it on multiple systems using different hardware. Personally I've seen images that support up to 30 different systems. My answer to your question is to use both methods if you are very anal about the creation of an image. Create the automated install and then ...


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Drive imaging is faster, but your hardware has to be very similar for it to work. It's also harder to customize the image, you'd need a base image for a web server, email server, etc. With automated installs you can have all machines install from the same network location, but use different scripts depending on what kind of server you want rather then ...


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Thanks for the suggestions, redblacktree, but the XML file was in fact well formed, and it was working fine off a USB key. I found out I could use /unattend with setup.exe, so I copied the entire Windows install DVD to a file server, booted the same WinPE image via PXE, then ran: net use w: \\server\share w: cd x64 setup.exe /unattend:w:\unattend.xml And ...


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http://sharepoint.niles-hs.k12.il.us/CCM/Deploying%20Virtual%20Hard%20Disk%20Images.pdf talks about this some. I think its just setting processorArchitecture="x86" to processorArchitecture="x64" in the unattend.xml file. You can look at unattended-gui.svn.sourceforge.net/viewvc/unattended-gui/z/etc/unattend.xml.example as a base.


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I've never switched the drive letter of the primary partition. But you can give it a try. Right Click on My Computer Select "Manage" Select "Disk Management" Right click on the drive you want to change the letter on Select "Change Drive Letter and Path" Follow the dialog I know this will work for you extended partition and CDROM, but I am not too sure ...


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It looks to be the same as a Vista Unattended installation (see http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc721929(WS.10).aspx). From what I can see you're basically building an answer file and then booting a WindowsPE environment and starting setup with that answer file specified. Microsoft makes a big to-do of the automated installation kit (AIK) ...


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Add Device Drivers by Using Windows Setup Microsoft-Windows-PnpCustomizationsWinPE (If you need drivers for Windows PE to see the local hard disk drive or network) Enable Remote Desktop Add the following settings to your answer file in the listed configuration pass: Microsoft-Windows-TerminalServices-LocalSessionManager (4 specialize) ...


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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 ...


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Have you looked into Bomgar? You could use a free trial to see if it would meet your need. The Jump Client feature allows for unattended access, although I'm not sure how things would work in an RDP environment http://www.bomgar.com/remotedesktopaccess/trial-bomgar.htm


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There is no such way in autounattend.xml. Use GPO to disable the Action Center (which displays those messages): User Configuration\Administrative Templates\Start Menu and Taskbar Item: Remove the Action Center icon


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Virtualization environments, like Hyper-V, mostly just create a virtual machine, which is the same as a physical machine with respect to the software running within it. Of course, every virtualization product comes with some set of tools that allow you to affect the software running within the VM. For guest OS setup, however, Hyper-V offers nothing beyond ...


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That doesn't have anything to do with the autologin necessarily. It just means that you haven't filled in the proper locale information necessary to skip those steps.


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If I'm understanding your question correctly, you should set the computer name in the unattend file to %MACHINENAME%, which is the variable used during setup when it finds a match by NetbootGUID in AD. You'll also need to use valid credentials in the Unattended Join section. They should be able to overwrite computer objects (delete and create).



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