Windows Deployement Service 2008 - unattend.xml problems HELP! RRS feed

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  • Hi,
    I have installed WDS on a 2008 server. Managed to use a wim image from the vista cd to create a vista install image and a capture image.

    Using the capture image i have managed to capture an XP image which works fine and using the setup manager managed a mini-setup in sysprep to join to domain and hold the VLK license key, locale, country etc.

    For vista this seems must more complicated. All i want is a similar unattend file to hold the VLK license, join the machine to the domain and capture additional programs installed. Increment the PCname etc

    I have read so much documentation to do with WAIK (which i have installed) MDT PXE IMAGEx, distribution shares etc and am just frazzled with too much info.

    I could just install everything onto the vista test machine and re-capture the image each time but doesn't seem the best way to do it.
    Thursday, December 11, 2008 4:24 PM

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    You can use WAIK to create an unattend file and specify the VLK license in the unattend file .


    For detailed information, please refer to the following articles:


    Automating Setup


    Advanced Unattended Installation Scenarios


    Work with Product Keys and Activation


    hope it helps.


    Tim Quan - MSFT


    • Marked as answer by Tim QuanModerator Monday, December 15, 2008 4:05 AM
    • Unmarked as answer by leeifer Wednesday, January 28, 2009 9:19 AM
    Friday, December 12, 2008 7:02 AM

    Thanks for the reply - sorry for the delay.

    I have now captured a 2008 wim file with all of my addition programs install (SQL, Visual Studio etc) and would like to create an individual xml file however I am having problems with using image manager - the common parameter count mismatch error whenever I try and use it. I have tried using it on XP sp2, the actual 2008 server.

    Does the individual xml file require less information than the main one? I have used the sample xml file mentioned in the links you supplied above which work fine generally but don't seem to make a difference on the individual basis?

    Wednesday, January 28, 2009 11:39 AM