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    Re: RIS - Tips for beginners

    Looking at the .reg files it seems that there are enough changes there to make it seem that windows is not the same as the one you installed from, and if you have got the .sif file configured incorrectly then the serial number may be off.

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    Re: RIS - Tips for beginners

    Quote Originally Posted by ajbritton
    Are you applying hotfixes / windows updates to your image prior to riprep?
    Basically, this is how AutoRIS [http://www.msfn.org/board/index.php?showtopic=57941] works:

    First thing to do is add a OS on RIS [as normal] i.e.

    I added a XP SP2 [slipstreamed] CD [I actually copied the files from the CD to a place on the server, specifically for RIS].

    Then from a workstation, I setup autoris, gave it the right parameters in the config files etc and let it run.

    What this initial process does is make a copy of the RIS OS [i386 > i386-original] and then copy down this directory to the workstation's autoris directory.

    It then applies RyanVM's Post-SP2 hotfix pack [www.ryanvm.net] and some other extras like the dotnet framework 1.1 and so on., and also applies BTS' driverpacks [I used all of them except massstorage and everything was installed and recognised when I looked at My Computer - which was nice ] if desired.

    The next part of the process allows you to run nlite to remove things like languages and keyboard layouts. I dont think this would change the OS ver somehow - as all it does is remove / add components. I have been pretty careful not to remove too much or remove certain aspects that would mess up things.

    It then combines finshes off and sends the image back to the server [remember the i386-original is the one created by RIS when i added XP SP2 which has been renamed] as i386.

    It then informs you [well it doesnt - I've altered it because it wouldnt automatically restart the BINL service with 2003 servers - named different or somthing] to restart the Remote Installation service and click OK.

    Then you can boot a PC - press F12 and try it.

    Interestingly, I notice that there is both i386 and i386-original in the RIS images list. Anyone know why? - and I wonder if this has something to do with it.

    Depending on what you have chosen, it will automatically install XP,the drivers and hotfixes and do some other neato processes like defrag and registry optimising, and you end up with a machine joined on the domain waiting for input hehe

    When i was installing Office and stuff - in preparation for riprep - i did install dotnet2.0 <- could this be the key ingredient to why I'm getting the error? Might try uninstalling it to see hehe

    I know alot of you may think that it causes too many probs, but its really handy and I'm sure its workable - guess I should leap before I can walk tho

    Regards
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    Re: RIS - Tips for beginners

    TBH it's becuase it chnages your client image. That is why it does not work. Try creating a basic RIS client. Install all of your drivers, software etc and upload it back to the server. Downlload this again and use AutoRIS. I think that because you are trying to throw back an altered CD based image it is having a hissy fit. If you leave the CD image intact and change one you have created from that image I suspect you will be fine. The intial CD based image is ascred and should not be touched or alterd in any way. This is where your problems stem from I think.

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    Re: RIS - Tips for beginners

    lol his guide explains what it does I forgot to say hehe

    http://www.msfn.org/board/index.php?showtopic=57218

    [whats TBH mean btw? lol]

    Nath.

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    Re: RIS - Tips for beginners

    To Be Honest

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    Re: RIS - Tips for beginners

    The i386-original is the backup of the source you started with. If dos boxes theory is correct then you need to rename this folder back to i386 and copy the modified one into its own folder.

    Ps sorry you seem to keep missing me on the phone

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    Re: RIS - Tips for beginners

    Quote Originally Posted by tarquel

    Sounds like a holiday every day in your workplace.


    Nath.
    LOL! Errrm it is!





    .....for Tony!

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    Re: RIS - Tips for beginners

    One of the 'gotyas' I've found with RIS is - say that for whatever reason you have a room full of computer that are identical except that half of them have HDs that are 5Gbs bigger that the other half - if you base the RIS image on the bigger ones when you go to restore your image back to the smaller ones it will say there's not enough disk space! (no matter how much free space is left on the image!)
    The only was around I found was to restore the image to one of the bigger HDs, use our older imaging proggy (PowerQuest imagecentre) to make one of its images then restore the PQ image to the smaller HD then make a RIS image from the smaller HD!
    *phew* what a pain!
    Does anyone know an easier way around this?
    otherwise - always make sure your RIS images are based on your smaller HD computers!

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    Re: RIS - Tips for beginners

    Quote Originally Posted by Sean
    Does anyone know an easier way around this?
    otherwise - always make sure your RIS images are based on your smaller HD computers!
    Only way round this is to not use the RIPrep method.

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    Re: RIS - Tips for beginners

    @sean

    Have a look at the bottom two posts m8

    http://www.edugeek.net/index.php?nam...ewtopic&t=1504

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    Re: RIS - Tips for beginners

    Quote Originally Posted by tosca925
    @sean

    Have a look at the bottom two posts m8

    http://www.edugeek.net/index.php?nam...ewtopic&t=1504
    Cool! thanks for that!
    I'l have to remember that if/when the issue pops up again!
    Incedentaly, I wonder what happens if the imirror.dat file tell RIS that the partition is smaller that the size of the image? - Bet it doesn't like that!

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    Re: RIS - Tips for beginners

    Quote Originally Posted by Sean
    One of the 'gotyas' I've found with RIS is - say that for whatever reason you have a room full of computer that are identical except that half of them have HDs that are 5Gbs bigger that the other half - if you base the RIS image on the bigger ones when you go to restore your image back to the smaller ones it will say there's not enough disk space! (no matter how much free space is left on the image!)
    The only was around I found was to restore the image to one of the bigger HDs, use our older imaging proggy (PowerQuest imagecentre) to make one of its images then restore the PQ image to the smaller HD then make a RIS image from the smaller HD!
    *phew* what a pain!
    Does anyone know an easier way around this?
    otherwise - always make sure your RIS images are based on your smaller HD computers!
    That is a standard 'feature' of RIS and is listed on the imaging requirements.

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    Re: RIS - Tips for beginners

    Hi,

    Has anyone used RIS with the new nforce 410 chipset (AM2).

    I found an article which tells you how to do it but I can't get the thing to work.

    http://nvidia.custhelp.com/cgi-bin/n...i=&p_topview=1

    Main problem is I have 18 of these to do and I purchaes the computers without CD and Floppy so I really need RIS to work.

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    Re: RIS - Tips for beginners

    Argh! tried to implement RIS today..
    Rebuilt all my servers and installed RIS & configured a Base XP build
    Went to a PC - Doesnt have PXE boot!!
    No probs i thought - I'll make a RIS Boot Disk
    So after finding a blank disc and running rbfg.exe i take the disk to the PC

    F**k - its a bloody SiS900 PCI NIC innit? as useless as a choc fireguard

    Ghost has its own problems with SiS900 - so now im stuck - and may need to get 120+ realtek nics now... if i can get the cash!

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    Re: RIS - Tips for beginners

    There are companies who make boot disks for NICs that are not already PXE enabled (Argon Technology, emBoot) - If you decide to try this, make sure you test it before shelling out big bucks.

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