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Limiting C: drive size during RIS installation

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I have a Windows 2000 Remote Installation Server with a few desktop images on it.

One of my desktop images requires a hard drive partitioned into C: and D: drives.  Understanding that RIS will only install a C: drive, is there a way to limit the size of that C: drive, so that it does not automatically use the entire drive?  RIS seems to allocate the entire boot hard drive to the system (C:) partition.

Right now, I'm resizing the C: partition after installation, then adding the D: drive.  If possible, I'd like to skip the resizing step.
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http://www.microsoft.com/windows2000/en/datacenter/help/default.asp?url=/windows2000/en/datacenter/help/sag_RIS_FAQs.htm
 Does the RIPrep wizard support multiple disks or multiple partitions on a given client computer?
Solution: No. The RIPrep utility supports only a single disk with a single partition (C:\drive) in this release of Remote Installation Services.

How does the RIPrep wizard deal with disks that differ in size between the source computer used to create the image and the destination computer that will receive it ?

Solution: Disk preparation of the destination computer is identical to that of the source computer, and any remaining disk capacity on the destination computer will be formatted. For example, if the source computer disk capacity is 1 gigabyte (GB) and the disk capacity of the destination computer is 2 GB, the entire 2 GB will be formatted on the destination computer. Remote Installation Services can support formatting the destination computer's hard disk to match the same physical size of the source computer. For more information on managing the client computer disk reformatting process, see Creating an installation image



maybe helps??
http://www.emboot.com/products_RISME.htm
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by:sloth10k
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Bingo!

By changing the information in the .sif file associated with an installation image, you can restrict the disk reformatting to be the same as what the source computer used to create the installation image. For example, open the Ristndrd.sif file located in the \\REMINST\Setup\Applicable language\Images\Applicable image name\I386\Templates\Ristndrd.sif folder and modify the UseWholeDisk parameter to equal NO. When a client computer installs this image, the disk will be formatted to match the capacity of the source computer and the balance of the destination computer's disk will be unformatted.

Thanks for the assistance.
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by:philippedr
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Sloth

Have you tested this with riprep images?

thx
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