1. I copied the install.wim file from my Windows Vista Business VLK CD.
2. I used the WAIK Windows System Image Manager (WSIM) to create an answer file that automatically enters the cd key as well as a user name.
3. I added the install.wim image to my Vista images group using WDS snap in.
4. I accessed the properties of the new image and enabled the "Allow image to install in unattended mode" checkbox and then browsed to the ImageUnattended.xml file I created in step 2.
When I press F12 on one of the client machines it boots to Windows PE as expected and allows me to select which image I would like to install from the list. I select the Vista Business image and it installs normally. I am promted for a user name and password during installation and they CD key that is used is one generated internally by Vista as a temporary key.
I am unsure what steps needs to be taken for WDS to copy the ImageUnattended.xml file to the Vista client during installation.
I have attached a copy of my XML file that is referenced on the Install Images unattended dialog box.
I only want to have the CD key entered for now and I will adjust other settings once WDS starts working. I also am looking for a "Lite Touch" install. I do not mind having to select the image from a list in Windows PE or Selecting the installation language to get the install started. Once the install starts though I would like it to run unattended.
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<component name="Microsoft-Windows-Setup" processorArchitecture="x86" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS" xmlns:wcm="http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance">
<cpi:offlineImage cpi:source="wim:D:\remoteinstall\Images\Vista\install.wim#Windows Vista BUSINESS" xmlns:cpi="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:cpi" />