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I am trying to automated a Windows 2003 install for our environment. This is to provide,
consistency accross our new server infrastructure.

I have created a netbootdisk from netbootdisk.com

I have mapped a drive to a distribution share

I run NTFSDOS.exe which I located on the distriubtion share (system drive mounts to d:)

But when I attempt to install the OS using my unattend.bat file, it says Could not find a place for the swap file

This happens whether or not I run NTFSDOS. This also happens whether or not I run the unattend or winnt.exe directly

Any idea how to fix this?
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by:Sinder255248
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Is the Array configured at the time you're trying to boot and is there logical partition on there?
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The partition is already configured.... is that the best way to do it or can you automated the creation of the logical array too?
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once I mount the drive using NTFSDOS.exe I am able to see the drive and the existing files
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If using NTFSDOS.exe it's read-only.  Are you using NTFSDOS.exe to mount an NTFS partition on the disk you want 2003 on?  What about creating a FAT32 partition on the system, and then converting it to NTFS during installation using the unattend script.
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by:bbcac
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Ok... where can I read more about it?

Should I have to do that if the NTFS partition is in place already?

Is it realistic that I I have to setup the RAID and create the FAT partition before every starting the install?
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by:jimmymcp02
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if what you are trying to accomplish is cloning your server to multiple servers you could use the following program http://www.clonezilla.org/

You can set up a master server then you can replicate your image accross multiple computer and its pretty fast.... and best of all its free.

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Have you seen this:  http://unattended.sourceforge.net/index.php

I've used this tool in the past for creating unattended build cd's with all drivers etc:

http://www.nliteos.com/
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Thanks for your help....
jimmymcp02:
The hardware will change which means that I can't use one image

Sinder255248:
You suggestion is a good one. I will look into it. Thanks,
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Thanks for you help
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