windows 2003 unattended installation, customizing unattend.txt

Posted on 2004-10-26
Last Modified: 2012-05-05
Hi experts,

I need to fix a corrupted windows 2003 server so I'm planning to run an unattended installation. I have remote access to the server (so I have only one chance to complet the setup with success) and I have the windows 2003 setup files in the hard disk (d:\apps\windows2003\). I need that the setup process use the same partition of the current windows 2003. I don't want to lose other installers I have in the server (sql server, etc.) ...

I think after reading ref.chm that I'll have to modify the sections [Data] and [Unattended]



I think first thing to modify is:     AutoPartition=1 to     AutoPartition=0

I'm not clear what values I'll need to specify for: OemPreinstall, OverwriteOemFilesOnUpgrade, NtUpgrade, OemFilesPath. After read ref.chm I think I'll need them...

Thanks in advance,

Carlos V.
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    Expert Comment

    How are you remoting in?

    Does this server have a RILOE or DRAC?

    You want to do a repair - this is not possible to do unattended since there are prompts to deal with when the installation sees another instance on the drive.

    I'm also not totally sure that a repair will leave your existing software installations intact since the registry will get refreshed.


    Author Comment


    how do I repair the windows 2003?, I could only find the upgrade as a "repair" process. It'll be easy for me to reinstall the software, I only want the setup process doesn't delete the info of the hard drives.  I have there the software installers.

    I'm connecting to the server using the Remote Administrator utility, what are RILOE and DRAC?

    Thanks for your interest,

    CArlos V.
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    Expert Comment

    Your data should remain intact - only software could be impacted since the registry will get refreshed and lose software installation information.  If you're running SQL I'd be concerned for that since the DB can be restored, but the initial configuration might be lost.  Tread carefully here.

    RILOE = Remote Lights Out Edition - Compaq (HP) uses these special cards to connect to a server when the OS is not reachable by software Remote Admin.

    DRAC = Dell Remote Access Card - sme principal as RILOE.

    IBM has their own version of Remote Access cards that do the same thing.

    These cards allow you to reboot the server remotely and redirect the console to you remotely so you can see and interact with the POST screen as if you were sitting at the keyboard.  This is useful if you want to have someone onsite put the CD in the server and reboot it so it boots with the CD to do the repair.

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    Expert Comment

    Oops....typo.....RILOE = Remote Insight Lights Out Edition.


    Author Comment

    ok but, to repair windows 2003 is the same as upgrade it?
    I reviewed the config and I don't have RILOE or DRAC installed / configured.

    Carlos V.
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    Accepted Solution

    Repair will do just that - repair the failed install.  Upgrade will likely just offer the option to reinstall or repair.  A reinstall will very likely end up in a new directory instead of overwriting the old.

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