Firstly Sorry, I don't have any windows 7 clients. I am entirely Windows XP running on Windows 2003 server ( sad but true). I have an unattended.xml file linked on the WDS console for x86 machines.

What now happens when I pxe boot the machine that I have captured is that it finds the image I want to deploy, I select the image (i think i can automate this too, I just need to fix my unattended.xml point to the right path/imagename etc), it extracts the image and then reboots. upon reboot it goes through a series of steps where

I have to specify Machine name

supply administrator password

enter the windows xp product key

and it loads up the image that I want. Now my understanding is that the first part of the deployment is controlled by the unatanded.xml and this seems to be working (excepting for auto selecting my image), and the second part is controlled by the sysprep.sif file which doesnt seem to be working or is not connected to my xp image that I'm deploying.


Here is a copy of the xml and sysprep.sif that I am using. My image path is e:\RemoteInstall\Images\Windows XP Image\xptestcapture.wim. On WDS its sitting at the root of boot images (i haven't created any extra image groups).

<?xml version="1.0" ?>
<unattend xmlns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:unattend">
<settings pass="windowsPE">
<component name="Microsoft-Windows-Setup" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS" processorArchitecture="x86">
<WindowsDeploymentServices>
<Login>
<WillShowUI>OnError</WillShowUI>
<Credentials>
<Username>myadmin</Username>
<Domain>mydomain</Domain>
<Password>mypassword</Password>
</Credentials>
</Login>
<ImageSelection>
<WillShowUI>OnError</WillShowUI>
<InstallImage>
<ImageName>WDS - Windows XP Deployment</ImageName>
<ImageGroup>Boot Images</ImageGroup>
<Filename>e:\RemoteInstall\Images\Windows XP Image\xptestcapture.wim</Filename>
</InstallImage>
<InstallTo>
<DiskID>0</DiskID>
<PartitionID>1</PartitionID>
</InstallTo>
</ImageSelection>
</WindowsDeploymentServices>
<DiskConfiguration>
<WillShowUI>OnError</WillShowUI>
<Disk>
<CreatePartitions>
<CreatePartition>
<Order>1</Order>
<Type>Primary</Type>
<Extend>true</Extend>
</CreatePartition>
</CreatePartitions>
<ModifyPartitions>
<ModifyPartition>
<Active>true</Active>
<Extend>false</Extend>
<Format>NTFS</Format>
<Label>OS</Label>
<Letter>C</Letter>
<Order>1</Order>
<PartitionID>1</PartitionID>
</ModifyPartition>
</ModifyPartitions>
<DiskID>0</DiskID>
<WillWipeDisk>true</WillWipeDisk>
</Disk>
</DiskConfiguration>
</component>
<component name="Microsoft-Windows-International-Core-WinPE" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS" processorArchitecture="x86">
<SetupUILanguage>
<WillShowUI>OnError</WillShowUI>
<UILanguage>en-UK</UILanguage>
</SetupUILanguage>
<UILanguage>en-UK</UILanguage>
</component>
</settings>
</unattend>

sysprep.sif is sitting in e:\remoteinstall\images\windowsxpimage\$oem$\$1 and looks like this

SetupMgrTag
[Data]
AutoPartition=1
MsDosInitiated="1"
UnattendedInstall="Yes"
floppyless="1"
OriSrc="\\%SERVERNAME%\RemInst\%INSTALLPATH%"
OriTyp="4"
LocalSourceOnCD=1

[SetupData]
OsLoadOptions="/noguiboot /fastdetect"
SetupSourceDevice="\Device\LanmanRedirector\%SERVE RNAME%\RemInst\%INSTALLPATH%"

[Unattended]
UnattendMode=ProvideDefault
OemPreinstall=No
TargetPath=\WINDOWS
FileSystem=LeaveAlone
NtUpgrade=No
OverwriteOemFilesOnUpgrade=No

[GuiUnattended]
AdminPassword=b6b1aa9b9bb2da02e034c60fa8ac8477eade 334b884441b523fdb791c93f0a56
EncryptedAdminPassword=Yes
OEMSkipRegional=1
TimeZone=%TIMEZONE%

[UserData]
ProductKey=xxxx-xxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx
FullName="myname"
OrgName="mycompaney"
ComputerName=%MACHINENAME%

[Display]
BitsPerPel=24
Xresolution=1024
YResolution=768
Vrefresh=60

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

[SetupMgr]
DistFolder=C:\windist
DistShare=windist

[Identification]
JoinDomain=%MACHINEDOMAIN%
DoOldStyleDomainJoin=Yes

[Networking]
InstallDefaultComponents=Yes
ProcessPageSections=Yes

[RemoteInstall]
Repartition=Yes

[OSChooser]
Description="Windows Professional - Standard Installation"
Help="This will install Windows Professional in a standard configuration."
LaunchFile="%INSTALLPATH%\%MACHINETYPE%\templates\ startrom.com"
ImageType=Flat


Many thanks for any advice. Kind regards.