Unattended Windows Installs<br />Aidan Finn<br />BSc, MCSE, MVP<br />http://joeelway.spaces.live.com<br />
Agenda<br /><ul><li>Answer files with WSIM
Demo: Create and use an answer file
Windows installation methods</li></li></ul><li>About Aidan Finn<br /><ul><li>Working with large and complex IT since 1996
Specialised in servers and systems management
MVP:
2008: Configuration Manager
2009: Virtualisation – Systems Management
Blog: http://joeelway.spaces.live.com
Windows User Group: http://ws-ugi.spaces.live.com</li></li></ul><li>Why The Presentation?<br /><ul><li>I’m won’t claim to ...
But I can share what I know
A few useful tips to get you started</li></li></ul><li>Unattended Installation?<br /><ul><li>Windows asks us a series of q...
Can be very repetitive
What if we supply the answers in advance?</li></li></ul><li>Some Basics<br /><ul><li>Windows PE: Preinstallation Environment
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The powerpoint deck used in my webcast on how to do create answer file for an unattended installation of Windows 7 Professional. Same techniques for Vista, Server 2008 and Server 2008 R2.

The webcast was recorded and is available here. It’s around 47 minutes long.

https://www323.livemeeting.com/cc/usergroups/view?id=KQ28W8

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Unattended Windows Installs

  1. 1. Unattended Windows Installs<br />Aidan Finn<br />BSc, MCSE, MVP<br />http://joeelway.spaces.live.com<br />
  2. 2. Agenda<br /><ul><li>Answer files with WSIM
  3. 3. Demo: Create and use an answer file
  4. 4. Windows installation methods</li></li></ul><li>About Aidan Finn<br /><ul><li>Working with large and complex IT since 1996
  5. 5. Specialised in servers and systems management
  6. 6. MVP:
  7. 7. 2008: Configuration Manager
  8. 8. 2009: Virtualisation – Systems Management
  9. 9. Blog: http://joeelway.spaces.live.com
  10. 10. Windows User Group: http://ws-ugi.spaces.live.com</li></li></ul><li>Why The Presentation?<br /><ul><li>I’m won’t claim to be best at deployment
  11. 11. But I can share what I know
  12. 12. A few useful tips to get you started</li></li></ul><li>Unattended Installation?<br /><ul><li>Windows asks us a series of questions for a default installation
  13. 13. Can be very repetitive
  14. 14. What if we supply the answers in advance?</li></li></ul><li>Some Basics<br /><ul><li>Windows PE: Preinstallation Environment
  15. 15. Configuration Passes:</li></ul>windowsPE: Setup environment<br />offlineServicing: Apply updates<br />specialize: System specifics<br />generalize: If you run sysprep /generalize<br />auditSystem: If you boot to Audit mode<br />auditUser: If you boot to Audit mode<br />oobeSystem: Before Windows Welcome starts<br />
  16. 16. WIM<br /><ul><li>Windows Imaging (WIM) File Format
  17. 17. A file based image
  18. 18. Single instance storage
  19. 19. Contain 1 or more image per WIM file
  20. 20. Examples:
  21. 21. sourcesoot.wim
  22. 22. sourcesinstall.wim</li></li></ul><li>WSIM<br /><ul><li>We used to have Setup Manager:
  23. 23. Windows NT
  24. 24. Windows 2000
  25. 25. Windows XP/Server 2003
  26. 26. It was quite limited
  27. 27. Now we have WSIM, part of WAIK
  28. 28. Windows System Image Manager
  29. 29. Windows Automated Installation Kit
  30. 30. Windows Vista/Windows Server 2008
  31. 31. Windows 7/Windows Server 2008 R2</li></li></ul><li>Getting WAIK<br /><ul><li>It’s FREE!
  32. 32. And is the starting point to several MS OS deployment solutions
  33. 33. Frequently updated so search for it
  34. 34. It’s a big download 1.6GB+ now
  35. 35. X64 edition: can only manage x64 builds
  36. 36. X86 edition: can manage both x86 and x64</li></li></ul><li>Enough Talk …<br />Demo …<br />
  37. 37. What Next?<br /><ul><li>DISM: Customise the images
  38. 38. WDS: Windows Deployment Services
  39. 39. Part of Windows Server
  40. 40. Capture and deploy images using network boot
  41. 41. MDT: Microsoft Deployment Toolkit
  42. 42. More complex than WDS
  43. 43. Create sequences to inject drivers and customisations
  44. 44. Configuration Manager OSD
  45. 45. Enterprise deployment solution</li></li></ul><li>Further Reading<br /><ul><li>Microsoft Springboard
  46. 46. http://www.microsoft.com/springboard
  47. 47. Using MDT 2010 To Deploy Windows 7
  48. 48. http://tinyurl.com/afmdt2010</li></li></ul><li>Upcoming Events<br /><ul><li>Webcast: Introduction to Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V and VMM 2008 R2
  49. 49. http://tinyurl.com/w2008r2hyper-v
  50. 50. September 9th, 8pm GMT
  51. 51. In-person and webcast: Windows Server 2008 R2 Active Directory
  52. 52. Details and register: http://tinyurl.com/w2008r2ad
  53. 53. September 28th, 09:30GMT
  54. 54. MS EPDC2, Leopardstown, Dublin
  55. 55. Launch Events!!!</li></li></ul><li>Thanks For Tuning In<br /><ul><li>Get this answer file for Windows 7:
  56. 56. http://tinyurl.com/win7answerfile
  57. 57. Thanks to David Gargan for moderating
  58. 58. Any questions? – not that I necessarily have the answers!
  59. 59. My Blog: http://joelway.spaces.live.com</li>

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