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    windows 7 WDS unattend.xml files not working!

    Were just starting to look at rolling out Windows 7 to our desktops and were looking to deploy using WDS. were currently on XP and have been deploying this through Ris

    I've been through the WDS guide to deploying windows 7 that ravendsl linked to but am having no joy in getting it to work unattended.

    I've installed wds on a 2008r2 server and gone through all the settings in the guide three times now and seem to be getting nowhere!

    My test machines are getting an image from the WDS without any problem but it doesn't apply any of the settings in the wdsunattend.xml file or the ImageUnattend.xml file.

    It just stops on the locale and keyboard settings - the default seems to be english us. in the .xml fil i specified en-gb but read somewhere that this wasn't supported in the wdsunattend.xml file so i've specified en-US but it doesn't automate this just waits on the screen for user input.

    I've added the ImageUnattend.xml file to the install image but nothing seems to be working!

    The server that i'm deploying from is a VM running on esx3.5 will this have any bearing on the matter??
    I've created the .xml files using the WAIK on the same server that we use to deploy the image.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated!

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    Try these settings, they seam to work for me. Oh and we are using VM running on esx 4.0 so don't know about 3.5.

    </SetupUILanguage>
    <InputLocale>0809:00000809</InputLocale>
    <UserLocale>en-GB</UserLocale>
    <UILanguage>en-US</UILanguage>
    <SystemLocale>en-GB</SystemLocale>

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    thnks for the quiock reponsed bezwick - I'll append these to both the wdsunattend.xml file and see what happens

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    No worries, if it helps this is the guide i used when i first set one up, its pretty much step by step and comes in 4 parts. Followed it to the letter and it worked first time.

    Windows Deployment Services, WAIK and Windows 7 - Part 1 | SharePoint George

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    i've put thoses settings in but it generates an error message for me ! at least i know its trying to use the file i've added!

    Thats the guide i've been using i've been through it from start to finish but cannot get it to work!

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    Dont know whether this will help but here are our xml files

    Imageunattend.xml


    <?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
    <unattend xmlns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:unattend">
    <settings pass="specialize">
    <component name="Microsoft-Windows-Shell-Setup" processorArchitecture="x86" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS" xmlns:wcm="http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance">
    <RegisteredOrganization>School</RegisteredOrganization>
    <RegisteredOwner>Authorised User</RegisteredOwner>
    <ShowWindowsLive>false</ShowWindowsLive>
    <ComputerName>*</ComputerName>
    </component>
    <component name="Microsoft-Windows-UnattendedJoin" processorArchitecture="x86" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS" xmlns:wcm="http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance">
    <Identification>
    <JoinDomain>DOMAIN</JoinDomain>
    <UnsecureJoin>true</UnsecureJoin>
    </Identification>
    </component>
    </settings>
    <settings pass="oobeSystem">
    <component name="Microsoft-Windows-International-Core" processorArchitecture="x86" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS" xmlns:wcm="http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance">
    <InputLocale>0809:00000809</InputLocale>
    <SystemLocale>en-GB</SystemLocale>
    <UILanguage>en-US</UILanguage>
    <UserLocale>en-GB</UserLocale>
    </component>
    <component name="Microsoft-Windows-Shell-Setup" processorArchitecture="x86" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS" xmlns:wcm="http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance">
    <OOBE>
    <HideEULAPage>true</HideEULAPage>
    <HideWirelessSetupInOOBE>true</HideWirelessSetupInOOBE>
    <NetworkLocation>Work</NetworkLocation>
    <ProtectYourPC>1</ProtectYourPC>
    <SkipMachineOOBE>true</SkipMachineOOBE>
    <SkipUserOOBE>true</SkipUserOOBE>
    </OOBE>
    <UserAccounts>
    <AdministratorPassword>
    <Value>password</Value>
    <PlainText>false</PlainText>
    </AdministratorPassword>
    <LocalAccounts>
    <LocalAccount wcm:action="add">
    <Password>
    <Value>password</Value>
    <PlainText>false</PlainText>
    </Password>
    <DisplayName>administrator</DisplayName>
    <Group>administrators</Group>
    <Name>administrator</Name>
    </LocalAccount>
    </LocalAccounts>
    <DomainAccounts>
    <DomainAccountList wcm:action="add">
    <Domain>DOMAIN</Domain>
    <DomainAccount wcm:action="add">
    <Name>administrator</Name>
    <Group>Domain Admins</Group>
    </DomainAccount>
    </DomainAccountList>
    </DomainAccounts>
    </UserAccounts>
    <RegisteredOrganization>SCHOOL</RegisteredOrganization>
    <RegisteredOwner>Authorised User</RegisteredOwner>
    <ShowWindowsLive>false</ShowWindowsLive>
    <TimeZone>GMT Standard Time</TimeZone>
    </component>
    </settings>
    <cpifflineImage cpi:source="catalog://SUPPORT/reminst/images/windows 7/windows7.clg" xmlns:cpi="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:cpi" />
    </unattend>


    WDSunattend.xml


    <?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
    <unattend xmlns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:unattend">
    <settings pass="windowsPE">
    <component name="Microsoft-Windows-International-Core-WinPE" processorArchitecture="x86" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS" xmlns:wcm="http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance">
    <SetupUILanguage>
    <UILanguage>EN-US</UILanguage>
    </SetupUILanguage>
    </component>
    <component name="Microsoft-Windows-Setup" processorArchitecture="x86" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS" xmlns:wcm="http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance">
    <DiskConfiguration>
    <Disk wcm:action="add">
    <CreatePartitions>
    <CreatePartition wcm:action="add">
    <Extend>true</Extend>
    <Type>Primary</Type>
    <Order>1</Order>
    </CreatePartition>
    </CreatePartitions>
    <ModifyPartitions>
    <ModifyPartition wcm:action="add">
    <Active>true</Active>
    <Extend>false</Extend>
    <Format>NTFS</Format>
    <Label>System</Label>
    <Letter>C</Letter>
    <Order>1</Order>
    <PartitionID>1</PartitionID>
    </ModifyPartition>
    </ModifyPartitions>
    <WillWipeDisk>true</WillWipeDisk>
    <DiskID>0</DiskID>
    </Disk>
    </DiskConfiguration>
    <WindowsDeploymentServices>
    <ImageSelection>
    <InstallTo>
    <DiskID>0</DiskID>
    <PartitionID>1</PartitionID>
    </InstallTo>
    </ImageSelection>
    </WindowsDeploymentServices>
    </component>
    </settings>
    <cpifflineImage cpi:source="catalog://support/reminst/images/windows 7/Windows7.clg" xmlns:cpi="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:cpi" />
    </unattend>

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    thanks for that i'll give them a whirl!just to double check - the wdsunattend is saved intothe wdsclientunattend folder and attached to the clinets tab of set wds servers properites settings

    The imageunattend is saved to the install unattend folder under the image and is attached via the image properties tab tick allow image to install in unattended mode and point it to the file.

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    If you add them through WDS console, it copies them to the relevant places for you. I must created a sub-folder called "xml" in the REMINST folder that WDS created when it was installed.

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    thnks for the help Bezz - i've almost got the wds part fully automated now - just need to click the next button and it doses the install - just got a problem now when windows 7 starts - still askin for the locals and keyboard settings also not joining to the domain.

    thanks again for you help i'm a step in the right direction.

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    Thank you!

    Thanks for all your help Bezz i've got my machines building! needed a few tweaks here and there but i'm now ready to deploy!

    in your experience whats the best way to go about naming the machines? we name our machines by the manufacture and year of purchase and then the batch number. think the best way to do this is to get the administrator to approve unknown clients and to then approve and name the machines. unless there is a way to stop the install and get it to request a name!

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    I believe Removing the computername tag in the xml prompts or atleast our one does.

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    Hi Pete

    I've tried that but it still names them with the settings we've got in the ADDS tab. What do you have the client naming policy set to on the AD DS tab?



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