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    the rules.ini looks fine, best guess is the bootstrap.ini...

    Possibly
    Code:
    [Settings]
    Priority=Default
    Not set to default? I've never tried having these bits different, so not sure if it matters

    - - - Updated - - -

    Oh and comment out
    Code:
    ;UserExit=UserExit.vbs
    ;OSDComputername=#GetOfflineComputername()#
    If you haven't copied the UserExit.vbs file in that could be causing the file to stop parsing.

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    Okay, I'm getting somewhere slowly.

    I've just adjusted some things and ran it again.

    It STILL asks for me for network credential things, and it now doesn't ask me which apps to install.

    I'll have a play around and if I can't get anywhere I'll reply again.

    Thanks!

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    This is my bootstrap.ini
    Anything wrong here?

    Code:
    [Settings]
    Priority=Default
    
    
    [Default]
    DeployRoot=\\NEWBACKUP\DeploymentShare$
    
    
    SkipBDDWelcome=YES
    
    
    KeyboardLocalePE=0809:00000809
    
    
    UserID=Administrator
    UserPassword=**********
    UserDomain=STAFF.INTERNAL

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    Again, looks fine, so my money is on the UserExit.vbs. So comment out, or if that doesn't work, remove both

    Code:
    ;UserExit=UserExit.vbs
    ;OSDComputername=#GetOfflineComputername()#

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    This is currently my rules.ini

    I can't see any issues really?
    All it does is ask me to press start new installation, enter the network credentials and then type in the computer name.
    Upon pressing finish, it doesn't even install the OS??

    Code:
    [Settings]
    Priority=Default
    Properties=MyCustomProperty
    
    
    [Default]
    
    
    ;This is for using exitsing name
    
    
    ;UserExit=UserExit.vbs
    ;OSDComputername=#GetOfflineComputername()#
    ;SkipComputerName=NO
    
    
    ;This is for picking name at image time
    
    
    SkipComputerName=NO
    ;ComputerName=<we set this to the format of naming to help remind imager, e.g. <room>-<number>>
    
    
    ;End of naming
    
    
    SkipBDDWelcome=YES
    OSInstall=YES
    
    
    OrgName="Dowdales School"
    FullName="Dowdales School"
    
    
    SkipTimeZone=YES
    TimeZone=085
    TimeZoneName=GMT Standard Time
    
    
    SkipLocaleSelection=YES
    GeoID=0XF2
    UserLocale=en-gb
    KeyboardLocale=0809:00000809
    
    
    SkipUserData=YES
    UserDataLocation=NONE
    
    
    ;Task sequence ID
    SkipTaskSequence=YES
    TaskSequenceID="WINDOWS7"
    
    
    SkipAppsOnUpgrade=NO
    SkipProductKey=YES
    SkipBitLocker=YES
    
    
    
    
    SkipAdminPassword=YES
    AdminPassword=********
    
    
    DeploymentType=NEWCOMPUTER
    DoNotCreateExtraPartition=YES
    
    
    SkipApplications=NO
    ;UID of the application pack containing all your apps
    ;Applications001={1182ad04-4c82-46fc-94b7-10d00cb47d7b}
    
    
    ;Really oddly I found that if I didn't put account details in hear then it didn't work if hidden, but worked fine if not hidden and just clicked through... odd world
    SkipDomainMembership=YES
    JoinDomain=STAFF.INTERNAL
    DomainAdminDomain=STAFF.INTERNAL
    DomainAdmin=Administrator
    DomainAdminPassword=*************
    
    
    SkipCapture=YES
    DoCapture=NO
    
    
    SkipSummary=YES
    SkipFinalSummary=NO
    
    
    FinishAction=RESTART

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    Quote Originally Posted by GRitchie View Post
    Okay, I'm getting somewhere slowly.

    I've just adjusted some things and ran it again.

    It STILL asks for me for network credential things, and it now doesn't ask me which apps to install.

    I'll have a play around and if I can't get anywhere I'll reply again.

    Thanks!
    Right, this bit is all about the bootstrap.ini

    Basically the rules.ini handles everything after the first 2 screens and "Welcome" and "Login". This can be updated without affecting the boot file, but the Welcome (controlled by SkipBDDWelcome) and the network login (control by UserID, UserPassword and UserDomain) and set by bootstrap.ini and only gets updated if you use the newly generated boot images. Usually called LiteTouchPE_x86.iso and LiteTouchPE_x86.wim (32bit).

    If you don't want to replace the exitsting boot image yet, just burn LiteTouchPE_x86.iso to a blank CD and boot from that (Found at <deploymentshare>\Boot)
    Last edited by AlexB; 4th April 2014 at 01:14 PM.

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    If I do want to overwrite the existing LiteTouchPE_x86.iso how do I do this (as in, the one on WDS).

    It's just I'd prefer to overwrite it with one that has service pack 1 on it as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GRitchie View Post
    This is currently my rules.ini

    I can't see any issues really?
    All it does is ask me to press start new installation, enter the network credentials and then type in the computer name.
    Upon pressing finish, it doesn't even install the OS??

    Code:
    [Settings]
    Priority=Default
    Properties=MyCustomProperty
    
    
    [Default]
    
    
    ;This is for using exitsing name
    
    
    ;UserExit=UserExit.vbs
    ;OSDComputername=#GetOfflineComputername()#
    ;SkipComputerName=NO
    
    
    ;This is for picking name at image time
    
    
    SkipComputerName=NO
    ;ComputerName=<we set this to the format of naming to help remind imager, e.g. <room>-<number>>
    
    
    ;End of naming
    
    
    SkipBDDWelcome=YES
    OSInstall=YES
    
    
    OrgName="Dowdales School"
    FullName="Dowdales School"
    
    
    SkipTimeZone=YES
    TimeZone=085
    TimeZoneName=GMT Standard Time
    
    
    SkipLocaleSelection=YES
    GeoID=0XF2
    UserLocale=en-gb
    KeyboardLocale=0809:00000809
    
    
    SkipUserData=YES
    UserDataLocation=NONE
    
    
    ;Task sequence ID
    SkipTaskSequence=YES
    TaskSequenceID="WINDOWS7"
    
    
    SkipAppsOnUpgrade=NO
    SkipProductKey=YES
    SkipBitLocker=YES
    
    
    
    
    SkipAdminPassword=YES
    AdminPassword=********
    
    
    DeploymentType=NEWCOMPUTER
    DoNotCreateExtraPartition=YES
    
    
    SkipApplications=NO
    ;UID of the application pack containing all your apps
    ;Applications001={1182ad04-4c82-46fc-94b7-10d00cb47d7b}
    
    
    ;Really oddly I found that if I didn't put account details in hear then it didn't work if hidden, but worked fine if not hidden and just clicked through... odd world
    SkipDomainMembership=YES
    JoinDomain=STAFF.INTERNAL
    DomainAdminDomain=STAFF.INTERNAL
    DomainAdmin=Administrator
    DomainAdminPassword=*************
    
    
    SkipCapture=YES
    DoCapture=NO
    
    
    SkipSummary=YES
    SkipFinalSummary=NO
    
    
    FinishAction=RESTART

    Okay, I think we are getting there then. Try TaskSequenceID="WINDOWS7" without the quotes (TaskSequenceID=WINDOWS7) and check that this is definately the right task sequence ID, it the the ID column within the Tash Sequences window

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    Quote Originally Posted by GRitchie View Post
    If I do want to overwrite the existing LiteTouchPE_x86.iso how do I do this (as in, the one on WDS).

    It's just I'd prefer to overwrite it with one that has service pack 1 on it as well.
    The LiteTouchPE_x86 is just the boot image to talk to the deployment server, all it contains (as far as I know) is the bootstrap.ini to find the deployment share and network card drivers to get your hardware to be able to talk to the deployment share.

    So replacing the LiteTouchPE_x86 has no effect on what you are deploying, Win7, SPxx, Win 8, etc...

    To replace the existing LiteTouchPE_x86.wim in WDS, load the WDS console, expand down to Boot Images. For now, right click in the main window and Add Boot Image, broswe to <deploymentshare>\Boot and double click LiteTouchPE-x86.wim. Go through the rest of the steps calling it something like, new boot image.

    This will mean the initial WDS boot screen will ask you the choose between your existing and the new (in case it goes wrong, we haven't changed the old one this way) and if it all works you can just right click and disable the old one later.
    Last edited by AlexB; 4th April 2014 at 01:13 PM.

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    Ah, I see - so how would I apply the updates? (i.e Service Pack 1)

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    Quote Originally Posted by GRitchie View Post
    Ah, I see - so how would I apply the updates? (i.e Service Pack 1)
    Usually you would import an Operating System containing SP1 (I THINK SP1 is version 6.1.7601) and change your task sequence to use this. Even if you use a then customised, captured wim I think you need the base OS in MDT

    The rest I usually cover with the force Windows updates during deployment.

    About once a year I capture a new wim containing Windows 7 SP1 with Office 2010 with all the latest updates for both pre installed to speed up deployment a bit.
    Last edited by AlexB; 4th April 2014 at 01:35 PM.

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    So basically, download the OS with SP1 and then import this into Operating Systems?
    Then adjust the task sequence to use the OS with SP1 instead of the base OS, yes?

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    Quote Originally Posted by GRitchie View Post
    So basically, download the OS with SP1 and then import this into Operating Systems?
    Then adjust the task sequence to use the OS with SP1 instead of the base OS, yes?
    If your existing deployment just uses base Windows 7 (no SP) then yes, if it was a captured image with extra stuff then you'll need to capture an image from a fresh Windows 7 SP1 machine with the extra stuff too.

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    No, yes it was just the base Windows 7 ISO from the Voluming website.

    I'll see how well this works!


    Whilst I'm talking to someone who knows what they're talking about, may I also ask, is there a better way of running the .exe installs?
    Obviously they're under packages etc. however every time I have to 'next, next, next' through them all.

    MSI's I have done through a /passive script so it's seamless, but .EXE is a bit more awkward.

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    I'm afraid that depends on the install.

    A lot of properly done stuff can be done completely silently, but there is no standard method.

    For some examples (We don't use all these any more, but every single one was silent)

    Realplayer: <exe name> /s (/s is won't worth a try, used a lot)
    App V 4.6: msiexec.exe /q ALLUSERS=1 /i "setup.msi"SWICACHESIZE="15000" SWIDCSDISPLAY="xxx APP-V" ALLOWINDEPENDENTFILESTREAMING="TRUE" SWIFSDRIVE="I" SWIPUBSVRDISPLAY="xxx APP-V" SWIPUBSVRTYPE="RTSP" SWIPUBSVRHOST="xxxx"
    Visual C++ 2005: Vcredist_x86.exe /Q
    Adobe CS3: Setup.exe --mode=Silent --deploymentFile=".\install.xml" --skipProcessCheck=1
    MSC Endpoint Protection: SCEPInstall.exe /s
    Klite: klcodec-485s.exe /verysilent /norestart /LoadInf=".\klcps.ini"

    You get the idea, basically try to find silent install slash commands online or failing that, experiment (carefully)
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