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Useing Windows Deployment Service to install and activate your Dell OEM copy of windows 7 RRS feed

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  • (this is not a question this is me sharing how I solved this problem)

    Hello Boys and Girls,

    I spent the better part of 2 months figuring out how to install and active Dell OEM copies of Windows 7 using Windows Deployment Service on windows 2008 R2 server. 

    The Idea behind this is if you get a large number of new Dell laptops and/or workstations you can use a blanket install image across the network for multiple computers at once. Pretty neat.

    These instructions are designed around Dell Windows 7 64x laptops although the same concept may work on other brands. Also I'm only really going to talk about the OEM activation part because the rest of the process is really involved and would be easier to explain by breaking it up into multiple help docs.

    So lets get started.

    First things first you will need to copy the OEM cert and SLP.bat files from your Dell OEM CD. The OEM Cert is located on the CD under sources\$OEM$\$$\system32\OEM and is called OEM (XrML Digital License). slp.bat is located under sources\$OEM$\$$\setup\scripts. Copy these files to your Distribution share on your Windows Deployment Service server (make sure you allow Guest and Anonymous Logins to connect to this share). (Somewhere easy to find) Now this next part may seem strange and/or unnecessary but it is the method that gave me the best results. In your distro share crate 4 batch files.

    The first one needs to run the command: mkdir C:\OEM (MakeOEM)

    Next make one with this command: copy \\server\share\DellCert\slp.bat C:\OEM\ (CopySLP)

    then: copy \\server\share\DellCert\OEM.xrm-ms C:\OEM\ (CopyCert)

    and lastly: C:\OEM\slp.bat

    After you have made your 4 Batch files you will need to edit slp.bat:

    Currently it should look something like this:

    cscript %windir%\system32\slmgr.vbs -ilc %windir%\system32\oem\OEM.xrm-ms
    cscript %windir%\system32\slmgr.vbs -ipk 32KD2-K9CTF-M3DJT-4J3WC-733WD

    but seeing as our OEM folder will be located under C:\ we will need to change it to this:

    cscript %windir%\system32\slmgr.vbs -ilc C:\OEM\OEM.xrm-ms
    cscript %windir%\system32\slmgr.vbs -ipk 32KD2-K9CTF-M3DJT-4J3WC-733WD

    Now after you have done that its time to edit your Answer File. 

    Under the OOBE pass in your answer file add:

    Microsoft-Windows-Shell-Setup_neutral

      FirstLogonCommands

       SynchronousCommand(Order="1")

         Action- AddListItem

         CommandLine- \\server\share\dellcert\makeOEM.bat

         Description- Make OEM Folder

         Order- 1

         RequiresUserInput- True

       SynchronousCommand(Order="2")

         Action- AddListItem

         CommandLine- \\server\share\DellCert\copyslp.bat

         Description- Copy slp.bat to share folder

         Order- 2

         RequiresUserInput- True

       SynchronousCommand(Order="3")

         Action- AddListItem

         CommandLine- \\server\share\DellCert\copycert.bat

         Description- Copy Dell Cert

         Order- 3

         RequiresUserInput- True

       SynchronousCommand(Order="4")

         Action- AddListItem

         CommandLine- \\server\share\DellCert\Runslp.bat

         Description- Run slp.bat

         Order- 4

         RequiresUserInput- True

    After you are done making changes to your answer file save it then in server manager under roles, Windows Deployment Services, select your server and your install image right click on the image you plan to use select properties check the box that says "Allow image to install in unattended mode" then click select file and find your answer and click open then click OK, Alppy, and OK.

    Now your install should use the Dell OEM Cert and activate after your first login.

    Let me know if you have any questions and I will do my best to answer them. Also keep in mind this is just the OEM activation part of the install I might post more on the rest of it later If enough people want me to.

    Tuesday, May 21, 2013 4:27 PM

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  • Wednesday, May 22, 2013 2:29 PM
  • I didn't want it to get lost in the cutter of the other post. I feel this way it is easier to read/find.
    Wednesday, May 22, 2013 3:06 PM
  • WOW thank you for the sharing!

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    Thursday, May 23, 2013 11:16 AM
  • There is another option, you can put the files into the WIM.

    Copy the install.wim from the Dell cd to your computer's hard drive
    xcopy D:\sources\install.wim c:\WinPE\install.wim

    Identify the index number of the Windows 7 pro install
    dism /Get-ImageInfo /imagefile:C:\WinPE\install.wim

    Extract the Windows 7 pro install from the Wim file
    dism /export-image /sourceimagefile:install.wim /sourceindex:3 /destinationimagefile:DellPro7.wim

    Mount the extracted WIM
    dism /Mount-Image /ImageFile:c:\WinPE\DellPro7.wim /index:1 /MountDir:c:\winpe\dell7\

    Copy the files from the Dell DVD to the mounted WIM file structure
    xcopy D:\sources\$OEM$\$$\setup\ C:\Windows\Setup\ /E /H
    xcopy D:\sources\$OEM$\$$\system32\ C:\Windows\system32\ /E /H

    Remount the image commiting the changes
    dism /unmount-image /mountdir:c:\winpe\dell7 /commit

    Import the newly WIM file into MDT 2012 and add it to your OS deployment task or import into Windows deployment services.

    Monday, June 10, 2013 4:16 PM
  • There is another option, you can put the files into the WIM.

    Copy the install.wim from the Dell cd to your computer's hard drive
    xcopy D:\sources\install.wim c:\WinPE\install.wim

    Identify the index number of the Windows 7 pro install
    dism /Get-ImageInfo /imagefile:C:\WinPE\install.wim

    Extract the Windows 7 pro install from the Wim file
    dism /export-image /sourceimagefile:install.wim /sourceindex:3 /destinationimagefile:DellPro7.wim

    Mount the extracted WIM
    dism /Mount-Image /ImageFile:c:\WinPE\DellPro7.wim /index:1 /MountDir:c:\winpe\dell7\

    Copy the files from the Dell DVD to the mounted WIM file structure
    xcopy D:\sources\$OEM$\$$\setup\ C:\Windows\Setup\ /E /H
    xcopy D:\sources\$OEM$\$$\system32\ C:\Windows\system32\ /E /H

    Remount the image commiting the changes
    dism /unmount-image /mountdir:c:\winpe\dell7 /commit

    Import the newly WIM file into MDT 2012 and add it to your OS deployment task or import into Windows deployment services.

    Geez where were you a few months ago? Thats a great fix if I ever need to go thru this again I'll remember that. Thank You!
    Wednesday, June 12, 2013 3:16 PM
  • Anytime I run:

    dism /Get-ImageInfo /imagefile:C:\WinPE\install.wim

    I get:

    error 87 the get-imageinfo option is unknown

    Is

    Get-WimInfo the same thing b/c that works for me.

    Monday, October 28, 2013 8:12 PM
  • It is /Get-WimInfo, not /Get-ImageInfo.
    Tuesday, October 29, 2013 3:08 PM
  • Thanks!
    Tuesday, October 29, 2013 4:30 PM
  • Here's how to do the above with Server 2008 R2

    Copy the install.wim from the Dell cd to your computer's hard drive
    xcopy D:\sources\install.wim c:\WinPE\install.wim

    dism /Get-WimInfo /wimfile:C:\WinPE\install.wim

    Make a director in the root of C:
    md c:\dell

    dism /mount-wim /wimfile:c:\winpe\install.wim /index:4 /mountdir:c:\dell

    xcopy d:\sources\$oem$\$$\setup c:\dell\windows\setup\ /E /H
    xcopy d:\sources\$oem$\$$\system32 c:\dell\windows\system32\ /E /H

    dism /unmount-wim /mountdir:c:\dell\ /commit

    Import the newly WIM file into MDT 2008 R2 and add it to your OS deployment task or import into Windows deployment services.

    Saturday, November 1, 2014 10:14 PM