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Creating an answer file for fully unattended deployment

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Hi,
  I'm studying for my MCSA and so far I’ve been able to upload an image of an XP Pro install to my RIS Server and bring it back down to the client without any problems.  Now I’d like to do the same thing only with an answer file to fully automate the process.  I used the SETUPMGR utility and created and answer file with all the settings I want.  At the end of the setup however, it tries to save the file as c:\windist\remboot.sif.  I’m pretty sure this file needs to be moved into the image on the server but were do I move it to and is there a specific name I need to give it?

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This link provides a good explanation of how to associate an answer file to your RIS image..  In fact, I used it myself when I first started working with RIS and Sysprep...  :)

http://www.comptechdoc.org/os/windows/win2k/win2kris.html
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Sorry but this article really didn't help much as it is based on the 2000 environment not 2003/XP.  What I've ended up doing is manually editing the answer file created in the riprep process called riprep.sif.  This works but I'd really like to be able to get the GUI Setup Manager to work.  

Thanks Fatal Exception... it is a good comprehencive article for the entire RIS process
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Perhaps one of these will help you out...

http://labmice.techtarget.com/windowsxp/Install/unattend.htm

And..  what is happening with your GUI Setup Manager?  Sometimes these answer files must be manually created or edited to cover what the admin is trying to do with the image..

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Thanks... and hope it helped.

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