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Old 10-08-01, 05:24 PM
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SysPrep w/ Win2k and PQDI --> Deploying on multiple comps

Has anyone used sysprep before? I'm sure someone here has..but I just cant' figure it out.

I understand the concept, and creating an answer file, but the question is, how do you activate sysprep and make it look at the answer file?

I am running win2kpro and I'm trying to duplicate the HD of all of my IDENTICAL machines (and change the SID)

Can anyone throw me a bone?

thanks!
Old 10-08-01, 08:01 PM
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Take a look at the articles here...

http://www.labmice.net/install/sysprep.htm
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Thanks for the reply. I"ve gotten setup manager to create an unattend file, however, when I run sysprep it will not "look" at the unattend file, so it will prompt me for all the settings I had already created in the unattend file.

Any suggestions? I tried running "sysprep.exe unattend.txt" but it didn't work...

Thanks
Old 10-10-01, 01:43 PM
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Originally posted by MitzEclipse
Thanks for the reply. I"ve gotten setup manager to create an unattend file, however, when I run sysprep it will not "look" at the unattend file, so it will prompt me for all the settings I had already created in the unattend file.

Any suggestions? I tried running "sysprep.exe unattend.txt" but it didn't work...

Thanks
I haven't done this in a while (we use Ghost to clone complete installs instead of worrying about running the install again), but this is the explanation from MS. If I remember right, letting it build a sysprep directory and then running the .bat file was enough to get it to ask to shut down. And, once it was shut down, you had to immediately copy the drive... since if you let it boot, it will run the install then clean up the sysprep directory.
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SysPrep Install

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When you create an answer file for a Sysprep Install, an .inf file is generated. To use this answer file it must be placed on your system drive in the Sysprep folder (for example C:\Sysprep) or on a floppy disk that is inserted when the Windows 2000 start menu appears. The files Sysprep.exe and Setupcl.exe must also be in the Sysprep folder. Running Sysprep.exe or the .bat file generated by Setup Manager will prepare the hard drive for duplication. For ease of use, you can choose to have Setup Manager create the Sysprep folder for you with all the necessary files. You should only choose to do this if you are running Setup Manager on the computer to be duplicated.



Note

The Sysprep folder is deleted after the hard drive is powered-up and Windows Setup completes.

See Sysprep.exe for more detailed information on using the Sysprep tool.
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Yea, I can get it to the point where the computer is ready to be imaged.

HOWEVER, when sysprep does come up (after the image has been dumped) it does not "look" at the answer file I created earlier rather it does the generic sysprep boot and asks me questions like what my cd key is, what time zone, etc. the answer file is supposed to automate this task.

Thanks in advance
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i'm reading this: http://techupdate.zdnet.com/techupda...7251-1,00.html

and it seems like you *CANNOT* use sysprep and unattend.txt at the same time??

is this true? Can you create an answerfile for sysprep?
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Originally posted by MitzEclipse
i'm reading this: http://techupdate.zdnet.com/techupda...7251-1,00.html

and it seems like you *CANNOT* use sysprep and unattend.txt at the same time??

is this true? Can you create an answerfile for sysprep?

Ah, I believe that it should be a file named sysprep.inf, not unattend.txt.

Are you doing... Setup Manager, Create New Answer File, Sysprep Install, Windows 2000 Pro, Yes Fully automate, then answering each of the questions?

I just went through the process and got a sysprep.inf like this...

Code:
;SetupMgrTag
[Unattended]
    OemSkipEula=Yes

[GuiUnattended]
    AdminPassword=*
    OEMSkipRegional=1
    TimeZone=85
    OemSkipWelcome=1

[UserData]
    FullName=x
    OrgName=x
    ComputerName=x

[SetupMgr]
    DistFolder=C:\sysprep\i386
    DistShare=win2000dist

[Identification]
    JoinWorkgroup=WORKGROUP

[Networking]
    InstallDefaultComponents=Yes
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i will try that and keep you updated. thanks
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Dead,

thanks again.

when I go through the above process, I get "type in the name of the destination computer"

what happens if I DO NOT want to specify the name now, because I will be putting this image ona bout 100 machines and they all need different names.

I tried just putting a "*" and that didn't work. I tried levaing it blank, no luck.

please help! thanks!
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...and just naming the computer during sysprep and changing the name later isn't an answer because then you'd have to remove from the domain, change name, re add to domain ...and that takes a bunch of reboots. Something I'm trying to eliminate with sysprep.

Thanks
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Originally posted by MitzEclipse
...and just naming the computer during sysprep and changing the name later isn't an answer because then you'd have to remove from the domain, change name, re add to domain ...and that takes a bunch of reboots. Something I'm trying to eliminate with sysprep.

Thanks

Ok, I see what you're saying. What you're really asking for is to use a UDF file with the sysprep install. While this may be possible, I don't know (and can't find) any way to use this combination. The only things I can think to do with sysprep would be to:

1) put in a name and change it at the end of the install (just like you don't want to do)

2) put in a name only for the purpose of generating the file... then manually editing sysprep.inf and removing the line ComputerName=x so as to cause the mini-install to prompt for the computer name

3) use multiple versions of sysprep.inf from floppy each with the information for one computer.

Again, there may be a better way, but these are the one's that I can think of trying.
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Yea, i've asked around and no one knows how to do it.... hm.. anyone have any suggestions??

Thanks Dead for the help

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