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How to Create a Windows 2008 Unattended Boot Cd

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I apologize for my lack on knowledge on this but i am new to windows 2008.
I have been tasked with rolling out 6 windows 2008 servers.  
I would like to create one image or one server and deploy the rest via an unattended boot cd.

I have found the following article:
http://www.shudnow.net/2008/05/05/unattended-server-2008-base-image-creation-using-wsimsysprep/

but this seems to be how to make a base image for cloning or using vmware?
if so how would i use that to deploy to  other physical servers  ?

is there a way to create an image with an answer file and copy to a dvd/cd?

thank you in advance, again apologies for lack of knowledge on the subject.
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Thank you very much for the response.  is there a way to create a bootable cd image though?
issue i have is, i have 2 servers in a remote location that are not able to connect to the network yet(network is not up at this time) I want to just load 2008 on them and have them ready when everything comes online.
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Doing an install on the two servers without a network connection available would require someone to be physically present.  Since it is just two servers, you won't be saving a whole lot of time by doing an unattended install, but you might simply go the Ghost image route or use the link I sent to boot from the Windows PE environment to run the unattended install.

With only two servers, I would just manually run the installation on each server.  The install for Windows 2008 doesn't take all that long.
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Thanks again for getting back to me. unfortunatley Ghost is not an option for me at this time and i do not thiink the company will purchase it.
right now its only 2 servers but there will be similiar situations in the near future so a cd will be extremely helpful.

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The unattended install with the XML file is the closest you will get to what you are looking for short of finding an imaging solution that works for you.
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due to current situation still looking for a way to create a bootable cd, with the auto unattend.
If i where to use the waik and create an ISO file, can that be burned to a cd and used ?
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was a good explination,. but did not 100% fix the issue.
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