What is "Autoenter" feature for RIS w/ WS03?

Discussion in 'Server Setup' started by Jeremy Moskowitz, Aug 26, 2003.

  1. Microsoft's Windows Server 2003 Deployment Kit: Automating and Customizing
    Installations, in the RIS chapter located here


    States that a new Windows 2003 feature for RIS is called "Autoenter."

    Yet, I cannot find it listed in WS03 help, nor anywhere else in the document

    Can someone please comment to what is RIS' Autoenter?

    Also -- while we're at it, the same file states a new feature is:

    "Support for the Recovery Console and support for Microsoft® Windows®
    Preinstallation Environment"

    But I'm not sure quite what is meant here either.

    Any thoughts?

    Thanks in advance..

    Jeremy Moskowitz, MCSE, MCSA, MCT, CNA
    Author of Group Policy, Profiles, and IntelliMirror
    The Groundbreaking SYBEX book
    in the Mark Minasi Windows 2000 Series
    Jeremy Moskowitz, Aug 26, 2003
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  2. Autoenter appears to be a feature which simply means you don't have to press
    the <ENTER> key on screens in the RIS client.
    It doesn't appear to be overly documented particularly in respect to its
    syntax. I just had a quick play, and it appears that if you put the line


    at the top of a client screen (They're on the RIS server in
    \RemoteInstall\OSChooser and in \RemoteInstall\OSChooser\English (Or
    whatever language directory you have) the screen just flashes by taking all
    the default inputs.

    The small amount of documentation I found on the MS website suggested
    putting it in the OSCHOICE.OSC. I don't really see the benefit of using it
    there, as by the time you get to that screen you've already hit enter
    several times and logged into the domain.

    If you've only got one os image I suppose you could pass the login username
    and password via variables which you set up in the sif file in the templates
    directory and make a mod to the login.osc to use them instead of screen
    input. Then you could put autoenter at the top of every OSC file from
    Welcome.osc onwards and then you would'nt need to hit any key at all.

    Paul B T Hodges, Aug 27, 2003
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  3. Hey Jeremy,

    I'm really glad you asked these questions as I've been playing with RIS for
    a while and they made me delve a bit deeper.

    The second part of your question on support for recovery console and
    preinstall environment:

    If you use the ristndrd.sif answer file which gets created when you load
    your image into ris, this defaults to reformatting the whole of the hard
    disk on the client and creating a single C: partition on which it installs
    the operation system in unattended mode, (as long as you do it slight bit of
    editing if you need to supply a product key). You never get access to the
    first part of setup, the test mode part which allows you to format your
    partitions and also at the stat gives you access to the recovery console.

    What you can now do is to create a sif file which gives you access to to
    Preinstall Environment (posh name for the first bit of setup) so you can
    format your disk AND access the recovery console. I've just tested this and
    it works. Copy the following with notepad. Save it in whichever templates
    directory you want this additional functionality for, and it will appear on
    the OS choice menu on the RIS client installation wizard.

    floppyless = "1"
    msdosinitiated = "1"
    OriSrc = "\\%SERVERNAME%\RemInst\%INSTALLPATH%"
    OriTyp = "4"
    LocalSourceOnCD = 1

    OsLoadOptions = "/noguiboot /fastdetect"

    FullName = "%USERFULLNAME%"
    OrgName = "%ORGNAME%"
    ComputerName = %MACHINENAME%

    Repartition = no
    Description ="Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional - Recovery Console"
    Help ="Allows user to perform repair operations, without local media, of a
    Windows Professional installation."
    LaunchFile = "%INSTALLPATH%\%MACHINETYPE%\templates\startrom.com"
    ImageType =Flat

    I see the above from Q222478 which was for Windows 2000. I notice that it
    mentions in the article that it states that

    "This option is provided only as a matter of convenience and will receive
    only commercially reasonable effort support.

    I guess with W2K3 they've made it official.

    Now the next bit to play with is to see if you can run the text mode portion
    to format the disk but then to be able to have all the gui mode answers read
    from a sif file. I don't see any reason why that wouldn;t work


    Paul B T Hodges, Aug 27, 2003
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