I've tried to create an unattended installation disk to make installing Xp on our non-RM machines quicker and easier - we have a reasonable range of different machines in that category.
The first disk worked OK except it still asked for partition info and right at the end of the installation (after reboot) it also asked me to enter a user name. I resolved the first issue but not the second.
In my second attempt I tried to add drivers for some of the more common machines we have. Some of these came as zipped files which I expanded into folders and pointed nLite at them. However these folders did still include files like setup.exe. On trying this disk it seemed to be working fine until the drivers bit when it suddenly came up with a "found new hardware" dialogue for a PnP monitor. I've never seen that during an installation before. The resulting installation would not boot completely.
Any ideas what I did wrong?
When I add drivers which parts of the zipped files should I add - just the inf ones?
If using Nlite, there is an option in there somewhere which disables the mini wizard after installation that will ask you to create a user and enter a name etc.. That might be what is causing the username bit you mentioned.
For non RM machines i use Nlite with RyanVm's Windows Update packs and then this site for all or nearly all of the drivers on any computer or laptop.
In your Winnt.sif file that Nlite creates you can edit it and include a line or two to make it automatically format and partition the first drive and proceed with the install. This saves you manually having to select a drive and format.
Can't remember which line it is exactly but i use something like this below which is taken from the winnt.sif. I expect it is the Autopartition and the Repartition bits. Last time i messed with Nlite which was a while ago i still had to manually add this stuff or i would need to manually set up the drives. This should ensure that after you press a key to boot from cd, you can happily leave it and come back when its fully installed.
I notice some of driver packs are pretty big - too big I would assume to fit on a CD-ROM along with XP. Are you guys doing network installs or something?
A fully drivered up XP immage with SP3 is around 900mb. Too much for a CD but hey thats what DVDs are for. to answer your question, yes i use RIS.
Have a look at Autoimage for packaging up the unattended RIS/CD image. It intergrates with nLite, RyanVM,, Driverpacks, and a few other things.
in the driverpacks tab; Method 1 for RIS, method 2 for CD/DVDs (none of the documentation tells you what method to use but choosing the wrong one will make the image fail) RogueSpear's Forums • Index page
BTW Autoimage makes short work of intergrating the driverpacks, dont use nLite for this part.
Last edited by j17sparky; 29th April 2009 at 03:52 PM.
if you want to network install i would go for Ultimate Deployment
its linux base lots of help... and it works well i have it running at my school its faster over 1gb network. and i have it running off a old dell laptop..
i will dish out XP 2k3 2k and most linux distros Vista is comming soon..
i have 1 optin for every PC and OEM brand cd. and my PXE has a password and default time-out to boot to hd in 5 secons.