Winnt.exe Unattended Setup for 64-bit Server 2003.

Discussion in 'Server Setup' started by SoWright, Mar 30, 2005.

  1. SoWright

    SoWright Guest

    I have an environment where I setup all my servers by PXE booting them in a
    DOS environment and running winnt.exe from a remote server. I noticed that
    winnt.exe is no longer available in the CD for Windows Server 2003 for 64bit
    Extended Systems, only winnt32.exe is available. Does Microsoft no longer
    support setting up the 64 Operating Systems from a dos environment? Is there
    any kind of work around besides WinPE?
    SoWright, Mar 30, 2005
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  2. SoWright

    Jack Guest

    Short answer: Nope.

    I have Win2k3 x64 installing over a network using PXE and WinPE. The
    new version of Automated Deployment Services (ADS 1.1) will have the
    ability to push WinPE over the ADS PXE.

    I ran into the same problems you are facing now.
    Jack, Mar 30, 2005
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  3. SoWright

    SoWright Guest

    Thanks....are you currently using RIS?

    SoWright, Mar 30, 2005
  4. SoWright

    Jack Guest

    No, We use ADS. We mainly deploy Windows Servers.

    Jack, Mar 31, 2005
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    WM Guest

    You can use RIS with your 64-bit systems, though. Both AMD64 and Itanium
    will work with RIS.
    WM, Apr 2, 2005
  6. SoWright

    SoWright Guest

    Ok....since I was unable to find ADS 1.1, I tried the following.

    I built a 64bit version of WinPE and installed it to the hard drive of my
    destination computer using a DOS PXE boot environment. I also copied the
    64bit Extended OS source files to the hard drive. I was able to boot WinPE,
    but when I tried running Winnt32.exe, I got a pop up error "Out of Memory"
    and setup exited.

    Any thoughts?
    SoWright, Apr 4, 2005
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    Jack Guest

    How much RAM is in the BOX?

    How big is your WinPE install in MBs?

    Jack, Apr 4, 2005
  8. SoWright

    SoWright Guest

    The WinPE install is approximately 213MB, and with the OS source files I'm
    using about 829MB of disk space. I put all this on a DVD and booted from the
    DVD and the install runs with no problems. But if I install WinPE and the OS
    source files to the hard drive and boot from the hard drive, networking will
    not start and I get the "Out of Memory" error when I run winnt32.exe.

    I have 1GB of memory installed.

    Thanks for the input.
    SoWright, Apr 5, 2005
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    Jack Guest

    I'm not sure if I'm going to be any help.

    We are using a Linux PXE system, from which we are booting WinPE
    directly from PXE. When our WinPE boots up, it starts networking, maps
    a drive, lets us make some choices for the OS, then starts a network
    based install by calling winnt32.exe.

    We experimented a little with PE on the HD. But went to network based

    Maybe someone else can help.

    Jack, Apr 5, 2005
  10. SoWright

    SoWright Guest

    With regards to you latest post, can you give me details on what Linux PXE
    system you are using? I am using a Windows Server 2003 system with RIS
    installed but not configured. This allows me to use PXELinux with TFTPD in
    windows to serve my floppy boot images. However, I have not been able to
    figure out a way to PXE boot with ISO images using this system. I only
    installed WinPE to the hard drive because I couldn’t figure out how to PXE
    boot to an ISO.

    Any details you can share are very much appreciated.
    SoWright, Apr 5, 2005
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    Jack Guest

    I'm not a linux guy, but I asked around, and we use SysLinux which
    comes with PXELinux as part of the distro.

    Hope that helps.
    Jack, Apr 5, 2005
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