Unattended (Winnt.sif) being ignored on 2k3 x64 CD install but works on 2k3 x86 CD

Discussion in 'Windows Server' started by Alex, Mar 14, 2007.

  1. Alex

    Alex Guest

    Hi. I am trying to create a basic unattended install CD for Windows 2003
    Standard R2 x64. I already have a working winnt.sif which is successfully
    being used on a Windows 2003 Standard R2 x86 CD. I have copied the working
    winnt.sif onto a Windows 2003 Std R2 x64 CD but during the install the
    winnt.sif file is completely ignored. The unattended file (below) is very
    basic and only populates a small handful of settings such as CD Key, Name,
    Organisation, Regional settings etc. The settings are not enforced, only
    set as default to allow changes if required during install. The unattended
    install file works without problem on the x86 version of 2k3, but with the
    x64 version I can't seem to get anywhere.

    Can anyone suggest what may be causing this ?







    Alex, Mar 14, 2007
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    Herb Martin Guest

    The WINNT.sif for CDROM installs has been required to be on the A:\
    floppy drive.

    Unless you have found a work-around for that or there is an update* that
    makes the A:\ floppy location unnecessary that is likely the problem.

    If so, I would love to hear the method -- although I seldom use the
    I teach my students about it and would like to offer a solution to the "no
    floppy" at boot time problem.
    Herb Martin, Mar 14, 2007
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    Alex Guest

    Hi Herb. I've never actually heard of placing the winnt.sif on a floppy
    which may be why the x64 install is casuing me problems :). But on all
    previous winnt.sif placements I have always located it in the x:\I386\
    directory (with X: being the CD drive) and it has always worked. I have
    just read a few MS articles which specify a floppy disk, I might give the
    official method a go this time :)

    Thanks for your help.
    Alex, Mar 14, 2007
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    Herb Martin Guest

    I am not totally surprised that putting it in the I386 directory works --
    delighted to hear about that in fact -- but as you say this has always
    been documented (and supported) only on the A:\ Floppy.

    Microsoft doesn't have a recommendation for custom building your
    own CDRoms, and this makes sense as they probably don't want
    to "officially support" such practices -- both due to the difficulty of
    the support and to piracy concerns.
    Herb Martin, Mar 14, 2007
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    Herb Martin Guest

    Also, please let us know what you find if you try it or learn more.
    Herb Martin, Mar 14, 2007
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    rakesh saini Guest

    computer depatmant
    rakesh saini, Jan 27, 2011
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    rakesh saini Guest

    Unattended (Winnt.sif) being ignored on 2k3 x64 CD install but works on 2k3 x86 CD
    Herb Martin posted on Wednesday, March 14, 2007 8:26 AM

    rakesh saini, Jan 27, 2011
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