Automated installs of Windows 95 + application
Posted on 1997-10-13
I want to create a floppy disk so I can boot up a PC in MS-dos mode, connect to my network and setup windows, office + all my other applications. Windows 95 seems to be the hardest.
I've got a number of different types of PCs and 2 different types of network adapters. I know for a fact that one of the network adapters does not auto detect properly.
As an overview the way I see the install working is that I boot up in dos, my script on the floopy disk formats the hard disk and copies dos + network drivers down to the c: drive. The install floppy will only work for one network card. The system will reboot, ask the users a few questions like what model and what machine id. The windows 95 install files will copy down from the server and a script will run to copy the machine id into batch.inf and any other on the fly customisations. The windows 95 setup will then run.
Any strange hardware will be specified somehow so we don't have plug and play problems.
After windows 95 is installed the system will autologon to the NT server as user "install". the logon script will kick off the other parts of the install process.
How do I force a certain pice of hardware to be selected ? Where do I copy the drivers files to ?
How do I make the system autologon to the NT server ?
Do you know of any good web resources on this or any better ways of doing it ?