RIS windows activation problem/s - help
Posted on 2006-07-18
After successfully implementing RIS and getting it to install images on PCs successfully I have come across two annoying problems.
-I am unable to activate the product over the internet (will activate using phone method) I created the image using a OEM copy of windows which came preinstalled/activated on a new HP laptop. I removed unwanted HP apps and installed the apps I required for my image then browsed to the RIMNST directory and ran RISETUP which ran through and worked fine. I then did a PXE boot on a laptop (exactly the same model) and installed from the image I created this all works fine. Once finished I get the mini setup where I enter the OEM xp licence key from the bottom of the laptop, it accepts it and its done.
when I get the activation notification I choose to activate over the internet and not to register at this time then it just hangs on checking for connectivity and does not activate (I can call up and do the phone activaion fine and I have a working internet connection). there is also no option to attempt to activate windows eg all programs\activate windows or accessories\activate windows, I have to reboot to get prompted to activate windows again and the same thing happens over and over.
In the image I created initially I have VMware installed and the VM machine files are located in the all users\shared documents directory, after installing the image on a PC via RIS VMware works fine but the VM files for the machines (NT and 98) in the shared doc directory are there but the size is 0 KB and obviously they dont work....any ideas
anyhelp much appreciated