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    Re: RIS - Tips for beginners

    Why not use RIS with Ghost? I find this to be the best solution. RIS takes care of the Boot image and Ghost deploys the image. On a good day you can image a suite in 30 mins.

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    Re: RIS - Tips for beginners

    Quote Originally Posted by djm968
    Why not use RIS with Ghost? I find this to be the best solution. RIS takes care of the Boot image and Ghost deploys the image. On a good day you can image a suite in 30 mins.
    You mean use PXE boot for the ghost client and ghost as normal?

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    Re: RIS - Tips for beginners

    No, I mean use the RIS boot option in Ghost that creates a RIS menu item, PXE boot the client and you the newly created RIS munu option to load the Ghost boot image patition onto the client. The client can then be imaged from the ghost consol.

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    Re: RIS - Tips for beginners

    I see... Some new fangled option interesting

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    Re: RIS - Tips for beginners

    The option is only availabe if you install RIS.... stand on one leg whilst holding your left hand on your head and shouting "abracadabra" 3 times!

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    Re: RIS - Tips for beginners

    This is starting to sound like something out of Discworld :P - the Million to One chance :P

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    Re: RIS - Tips for beginners

    And if you only want ghost you can replace the default boot image with the ghost one so don't even need to see any of the ris menus!

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    Re: RIS - Tips for beginners

    To prestage you create the computer account in Active Directory and tell it that the account is managed. You then enter the GUID of the machine. This ties the computer account with the Machine and automatically allocates it the computer name of the account you created when you boot to PXE.

    In order for RIS to be completely automated you need to alter a file called RIPREF.SIF in the Templates Directory of the Image.

    Replace the section from [Unattended] onwards.

    Below is what we use. You will need to enter your Volume License Key and School name - otherwise you should be able to fire off a re-image and walk away.

    Another tip is to include any software you have site licenses for in the base image - it saves loads of time on a rebuild. Add it using group policy - that way you can roll out updates and periodically refresh your base image.

    Finally - it's a good idea to place some indicator on the desktop as to the build version of the image. We alter a standard background with the School Logo and the version number.


    Dont forget to stop and start the RIS service

    Net stop binlsvc
    net start binlsvc

    ----------------- RIS TEMPLATE ----------------------
    [Unattended]
    OemPreinstall = no
    FileSystem = LeaveAlone
    ExtendOEMPartition = 0
    TargetPath = \WINDOWS
    OemSkipEula = yes
    InstallFilesPath = "\\%SERVERNAME%\RemInst\%INSTALLPATH%\%MACHINETYPE %"
    LegacyNIC = 1

    [UserData]
    ProductKey = "YOUR PRODUCT KEY HERE INCLUDING THE - SIGNS"
    FullName = "Authorised User"
    OrgName = "Your School"
    ComputerName ="%MACHINENAME%"

    [GuiUnattended]
    OemSkipWelcome = 1
    OemSkipRegional = 1
    TimeZone = 085
    AdminPassword = "*"

    [RegionalSettings]
    InputLocale = 0809:00000809
    Language = 0809
    LanguageGroup = 1
    SystemLocale = 0809
    UserLocale = 0809

    [Display]
    BitsPerPel = 32
    XResolution = 1024
    YResolution = 768
    VRefresh = 60

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    Re: RIS - Tips for beginners

    Just thought I'd revive this one and also ask a question...

    To the users relating to using Ghost & RIS, its fine if you have Ghost licenses to cover you [i.e. you still need to buy Ghost hehe ], but I'm using RIS because a) its included for free and b) it does the job pretty well despite that its free

    @adent: nice one - good for those users who havent tried RIS

    And now for my question....

    Is there any way to set in the RIS .sif file a way of partitioning half the hard drive OR to only format/repartition the first partition on the HDD?

    So far, here's the combinations of what I've tried:

    Code:
    [RemoteInstall]
        Repartition=Yes
        UseWholeDisk=Yes
    Result: Repartitions the whole hard disk with one partition and installs the OS onto it

    Code:
    [RemoteInstall]
        Repartition=No
        UseWholeDisk=No
    Result: Does not repartition or format any of the partitions on the HDD and installs XP onto [presumably - as i'm not by the machine] the first partition [along side any other OS that exists]

    Code:
    [RemoteInstall]
        Repartition=Yes
        UseWholeDisk=No
    Result: Seems to have removed the two partitons I had on the HDD...

    Seems to be best with No to both options so far, if i could just get it to format the first partition at the same time :S

    Any thoughts to this welcome

    Nath.

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    Re: RIS - Tips for beginners

    As we are on a revivathon, and I'm having no luck with google atm, How can I stop RIS from automatically disabling the local admin account?

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    Re: RIS - Tips for beginners

    I think if you just delete the entry regarding that you should be ok or are you saying you dont know which one it is?

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    Re: RIS - Tips for beginners

    Also, if you are using nlite [or similar] to alter the source, you may have a tweak that is disabling it also [but 'tis more likely to be Chris' suggestion - just thought I'd add another thought ].

    Cheers.
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    Re: RIS - Tips for beginners

    How often do you need to reinstall your PC's to make any kind of remote install worth while?

    We feel the need to reinstall PC's so infrequently these days that we just use the recovery CD that came with the Desktop / Laptop and then manually join it to the domain when it is done which triggers the MSI installs of the various bits of software.

    We probably only have to resinstall one or two PC's a term at most, and the half hour or so that this takes is no great hardship.

    When new PC's arrive we run through the setup wizard to get them on the domain and have often done a hundred PC's in a few days without any kind of preparation.

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    Re: RIS - Tips for beginners

    Thats opening up a topical debate limbo hehe

    but try to keep this just as a "tips for beginners" area - not a general discussion on whether or not remote installation / RIS is worth doing please

    But just to answer your questions, i do it every 6 months and/or whenever I get a new machine / or the pupils have managed to foul up windows in some fashion [i.e. pulling cables out and hitting reset buttons etc etc] and i dont do it manually [i.e. just joining a machine that came with XP to the LAN] as i like my XP installs being fresh and free of other OEM configuration.

    [pm me if u want to carry this discussion on and we'll open up a thread for it ]

    Regards
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    Re: RIS - Tips for beginners

    Sorry - I thought your reason for wanting to do it might be relevant to beginners.

    I shall go back to being an observer so I do not want points on my license for posting without due care and attention.

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