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    Re: RIS - Tips for beginners

    /me bangs head on desk!

    You Maniacs! You put it at the top! Ah, damn you! God damn you all to hell!

    I can't believe I didn't see that command sitting at the top of the sif file.

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    Re: RIS - Tips for beginners

    We have a riprepped i386 image XP SP2 image that works with our Dells and Thinkcentres (thanks to drivers from edie209) and should work with a Dell D505, but it's not offered as an option when booting from RIS.

    Any reason why? And can I force it as an option somewhere?

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    Re: RIS - Tips for beginners

    I'm also interested in this as i will be doing the Dells next week.

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    Re: RIS - Tips for beginners

    Quote Originally Posted by pete
    We have a riprepped i386 image XP SP2 image that works with our Dells and Thinkcentres (thanks to drivers from edie209) and should work with a Dell D505, but it's not offered as an option when booting from RIS.

    Any reason why? And can I force it as an option somewhere?
    Might be because it has a different HAL. Im not keen on riprep but I ahve one flat image that installs all my dells and fujitsus.

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    Re: RIS - Tips for beginners

    Found a new quirk today...

    I've been in the process of shifting the RIS role over to a secondary server machine and got it all setup but couldn't get the DHCP to hand out an IP after I'd disabled RIS on the original machine (which is where DHCP is located).

    It was only when I re-enabled RIS on the original machine that it started handing out IP's again.

    not sure what I'm doing wrong but for completeness we've got ISA2004 on this server (although that's being removed soon in favor of a smoothie web proxy box) and I had left the RIS service on the original machine when trying to get the new one up and running.

    DHCP is not available on new machine...

    Ideas?

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    Re: RIS - Tips for beginners

    Have you authorised the new server?

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    Re: RIS - Tips for beginners

    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisH
    Have you authorised the new server?
    I believe so... It doesn't have DHCP installed on it but I've followed the steps provided and I'm pretty sure I've covered them all.

    I'll double check tomorrow though with a fresh viewpoint.. any other ideas?

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    Re: RIS - Tips for beginners

    Quote Originally Posted by Midget
    I'm also interested in this as i will be doing the Dells next week.
    We found that by turning on hyper-threading in the BIOS the image appeared as an option. IIRC, the original image had HT enabled - may have borked the processor detection a bit.

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    Re: RIS - Tips for beginners

    HT vs Non-HT requires different HALs.

    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/309283

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    Re: RIS - Tips for beginners

    Quote Originally Posted by Geoff
    HT vs Non-HT requires different HALs.

    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/309283
    Thanks for that...

    I suspect you've answered a different question I had but thinking this through some more I now believe the problem I experienced is that you need to remote RIS from the original machine for the system to see the alternative.. I could be wrong but it seems that you can't have RIS installed on the DHCP server and you turn off the option to service RIS requests on that machine it turns off RIS and DHCP.

    I'll give it a shot on Wednesday and see if it pans out.

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    AutoLogon and Creating partitions in RIPrep'ed image.

    Does anyone know if it’s possible to use the AutoLogon entry in the .sif file of an RIPrep prepared image so that when it is imaged down to client PC's they will auto logon?

    Additionally, does the CMDLines.txt file still get parsed and its contents run when an RIPrep'ed image is imaged down to clients?

    The reason I ask is that I’m trying to find a way to create and format a second hard drive partition during/after mini-setup on client PC's that are imaged from a RIPrep'ed image. I have a script using diskpart /s part.txt (where part.txt contains details of the partition size, drive letter I want assigned etc) which works fine when doing a clean install from a RIS server, but isn't run at all when a previously RIPrep'ed image is imaged back to a client.

    Sorry if any of that doesn't make sense, and if this has already been answered elsewhere on the forums. I have looked, but couldn’t find anything.


    Thanks

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    Re: RIS - Tips for beginners (and my last post)

    Oh, so no one wants to help me.

    /Sobs uncontrollably, then throws toys out of pram and sulks.

    Well, no matter. I found a work-around. Before RIPrep'ing, set windows to auto-logon the administrator account (must remove from domain to enable this). Then create a RunOnceEx registry entry to run my DiskPart script (or any script for that matter). Now RIPrep up to the RIS server. When this image is imaged down to clients, after mini-setup finishes, it auto logs in and runs the RunOnceEx entry.

    /dries eyes and regains composure.

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    Re: RIS - Tips for beginners (and my last post)

    Quote Originally Posted by MrLudwig
    Oh, so no one wants to help me.

    /Sobs uncontrollably, then throws toys out of pram and sulks.

    Well, no matter. I found a work-around. Before RIPrep'ing, set windows to auto-logon the administrator account (must remove from domain to enable this). Then create a RunOnceEx registry entry to run my DiskPart script (or any script for that matter). Now RIPrep up to the RIS server. When this image is imaged down to clients, after mini-setup finishes, it auto logs in and runs the RunOnceEx entry.

    /dries eyes and regains composure.
    Ah... *hands back drool soaked teddy bear* ... looking at this late in the game I was wondering if it might be permissions related..

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    Re: RIS - Tips for beginners (and my last post)

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrLudwig
    Oh, so no one wants to help me.

    /Sobs uncontrollably, then throws toys out of pram and sulks.

    Well, no matter. I found a work-around. Before RIPrep'ing, set windows to auto-logon the administrator account (must remove from domain to enable this). Then create a RunOnceEx registry entry to run my DiskPart script (or any script for that matter). Now RIPrep up to the RIS server. When this image is imaged down to clients, after mini-setup finishes, it auto logs in and runs the RunOnceEx entry.

    /dries eyes and regains composure.
    Ah... *hands back drool soaked teddy bear* ... looking at this late in the game I was wondering if it might be permissions related..
    /Hugs drool soaked teddy bear and openly questions own masculinity. 8O

    Not sure which permissions you mean, but thanks.

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    Re: RIS - Tips for beginners

    Hi all,

    This is my first post, so please pardon my ignorance, but I have a rather elementary RIS question:

    How can I use a flat image to image different types of machines with different HALs?

    I currently have a RIS server that has been functional for about a year now using RIPREP images. My company uses Compaq/HP workstations, so the problem is that every time a PC model is discontinued and a new one is released, I have to create yet another RIPREP image because the hardware is different. I keep seeing posts on random forums where people say they use 1 flat image for 10 different types of PCs, but no one says HOW they do it. I have Googled for hours and found a ton of RIS information but nothing to answer my specific question.

    I would simply like to use one RIS image to load my custom configuration of applications (Office, Anti Virus, PCAnywhere...etc) along with the appropriate drivers for whatever hardware that the PC contains. Is this possible?

    Thanks in advance...



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