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Windows SBS 2008 setup with answer file

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Just got a server with Windows SBS 2008 pre-installed on it, and as I started to set it up I noticed that I would have to name it something like <domain>.local, which I dont want to do.  The instructions on that page of the setup direct me to the MS website, and from there Im told that I have to use an answer file in this case (and maybe an OOBE.xml answer file), but they are kind of vague on how exactly this can be done in my situation, and so I'm not sure how to proceed.

FYI - Although I'm also not exactly sure what I'll do with once I've got it, I am downloading the Windows Automated Installation Kit.

Any ideas on how I might proceed?
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by:Oliver-P
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Hi,

Why don't you want to define a name for the Active Directory domain ???

Answer file or not, you'll have to name your AD, usually with something like <companyname>.local. You have no choice and must create a domain name!
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I'm sorry, I should have been more clear - I want a domain name, I just don't want .local to be part of it.  I'm looking for something like hq.acme.com.
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OK. then you probably know that using a .local domain name in an SBS environment is a best practice recommended by Microsoft.

Introducing the Windows SBS 2008 Answer File : http://blogs.technet.com/sbs/archive/2009/01/02/introducing-the-windows-sbs-2008-answer-file.aspx
This article will teach you how to use the answer file.

More in depth informations from TechNet on this particular subject : http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/2407055b-ecd6-4f46-9cc7-008f309e2a90


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