Need help with WDS unattended install and license key

Posted: 01-04-2009, 08:34 PM
I am learning to use WDS to deploy WinXP to computers in an
organization where I volunteer. So far Iíve managed to install and
configure WDS, capture an image, and deploy an image.

Iíve run into two issues that I donít understand, despite a lot of
searching. 1) how do I perform an unattended installation, and 2)
what license key do I use in the answer file? This organization does
not have a volume license.

The organization uses HP laptops which all have the same hardware.
The laptops were purchased with WinXP Pro installed, and then reimaged
with Windows Table PC. The employee who did this imaging is gone, and
left no notes on how he handled the license key. I captured an image
from one of these laptops. Now we want to be able to reimage laptops
as needed, for example if a laptop is found to be infected.

Thank you.

Need help with WDS unattended install and license key


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Johan Arwidmark
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Re: Need help with WDS unattended install and license key
Posted: 01-05-2009, 08:45 PM
WDS handles legacy operating systems diffently, you have to create a
folder structure containing sysprep.inf manually (and specify the
product key in it)

Check the "Known issues performing an unattended installation" in this
article

Step-by-Step Guide for Windows Deployment Services
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/l.../cc766320.aspx

As for licesning, XP has "reimaging rights", meaning, if you have a
volume license media (and key), you are allowed to count your oem
licenses as well... talk with your local microsoft representative and
they can help you.

Regards

Johan Arwidmark
Microsoft MVP - Setup / Deployment
http://www.deployvista.com'



On Sun, 4 Jan 2009 12:34:10 -0800 (PST), Joy <joyy@juno.com> wrote:
>I am learning to use WDS to deploy WinXP to computers in an
>organization where I volunteer. So far Iíve managed to install and
>configure WDS, capture an image, and deploy an image.
>
>Iíve run into two issues that I donít understand, despite a lot of
>searching. 1) how do I perform an unattended installation, and 2)
>what license key do I use in the answer file? This organization does
>not have a volume license.
>
>The organization uses HP laptops which all have the same hardware.
>The laptops were purchased with WinXP Pro installed, and then reimaged
>with Windows Table PC. The employee who did this imaging is gone, and
>left no notes on how he handled the license key. I captured an image
>from one of these laptops. Now we want to be able to reimage laptops
>as needed, for example if a laptop is found to be infected.
>
>Thank you.
Joy
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Re: Need help with WDS unattended install and license key
Posted: 01-05-2009, 09:45 PM
On Jan 5, 2:45*pm, Johan Arwidmark wrote:
> WDS handles legacy operating systems diffently, you have to create a
> folder structure containing sysprep.inf manually (and specify the
> product key in it)
>
> Check the "Known issues performing an unattended installation" in this
> article
>
> Step-by-Step Guide for Windows Deployment Serviceshttp://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc766320.aspx
>
> As for licesning, XP has "reimaging rights", meaning, if you have a
> volume license media (and key), you are allowed to count your oem
> licenses as well... talk with your local microsoft representative and
> they can help you.
>
> Regards
>
> Johan Arwidmark
> Microsoft MVP - Setup / Deploymenthttp://www.deployvista.com'
>
>
>
> On Sun, 4 Jan 2009 12:34:10 -0800 (PST), Joy <j...@juno.com> wrote:
> >I am learning to use WDS to deploy WinXP to computers in an
> >organization where I volunteer. *So far Iíve managed to install and
> >configure WDS, capture an image, and deploy an image.
>
> >Iíve run into two issues that I donít understand, despite a lot of
> >searching. *1) *how do I perform an unattended installation, and *2)
> >what license key do I use in the answer file? *This organization does
> >not have a volume license.
>
> >The organization uses HP laptops which all have the same hardware.
> >The laptops were purchased with WinXP Pro installed, and then reimaged
> >with Windows Table PC. *The employee who did this imaging is gone, and
> >left no notes on how he handled the license key. *I captured an image
> >from one of these laptops. *Now we want to be able to reimage laptops
> >as needed, for example if a laptop is found to be infected.
>
> >Thank you.- Hide quoted text -
>
> - Show quoted text -
Thank you for your response. I have created the sysprep.inf file. In
the strucure "D:\RemoteInstall\Images\Windows XP\winxpsp2\$OEM$\
$1\sysprep\sysprep.inf)", what do I put in place of "$OEM$" and
"$1"?

In the absense of a volume license, what can put as a license key in
the sysprep.inf file?

Thanks again,
Joy



pip22
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Re: Need help with WDS unattended install and license key
Posted: 01-05-2009, 11:29 PM

When restoring an image to a PC, the CD-key or licence key isn'
required -- this is not an install or setup of Windows in the norma
sense, it's just a restore of what existed when the image was create
(and this includes the licence key that existed at the time).

You have created the licence-key problem yourself by going down th
"unattended install" route which is not relevant to your situation
Unattended install across several PCs will only work with a VLK (Volum
Licence Key).

You don't have a VLK. If a PC crashes irretrievably or becomes infecte
just restore it from the backup image using whatever imaging softwar
was used to create it. That will in any case take less time than
Windows install (whether unattended or not) since the image can (i
desired) also contain all the applications the user requires. With
Windows install you would also have to install each of thos
applications separately (and hope you can find the discs with which t
do it).

That employee who has now left didn't have to deal with the licence ke
problem because it wasn't a problem -- he just used a backup image


Johan Arwidmark
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Re: Need help with WDS unattended install and license key
Posted: 01-06-2009, 05:51 PM
$1 and $OEM$ are named like that...

As for the license, if you want to deploy a new VLK image you need to
provide it when creating that image (unattend.txt), and normally you
provide it in sysprep.inf when deploying the image as well....

Regards

Johan Arwidmark
Microsoft MVP - Setup / Deployment
http://www.deployvista.com


On Mon, 5 Jan 2009 13:45:17 -0800 (PST), Joy <joyy@juno.com> wrote:
>On Jan 5, 2:45*pm, Johan Arwidmark wrote:
>> WDS handles legacy operating systems diffently, you have to create a
>> folder structure containing sysprep.inf manually (and specify the
>> product key in it)
>>
>> Check the "Known issues performing an unattended installation" in this
>> article
>>
>> Step-by-Step Guide for Windows Deployment Serviceshttp://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc766320.aspx
>>
>> As for licesning, XP has "reimaging rights", meaning, if you have a
>> volume license media (and key), you are allowed to count your oem
>> licenses as well... talk with your local microsoft representative and
>> they can help you.
>>
>> Regards
>>
>> Johan Arwidmark
>> Microsoft MVP - Setup / Deploymenthttp://www.deployvista.com'
>>
>>
>>
>> On Sun, 4 Jan 2009 12:34:10 -0800 (PST), Joy <j...@juno.com> wrote:
>> >I am learning to use WDS to deploy WinXP to computers in an
>> >organization where I volunteer. *So far Iíve managed to install and
>> >configure WDS, capture an image, and deploy an image.
>>
>> >Iíve run into two issues that I donít understand, despite a lot of
>> >searching. *1) *how do I perform an unattended installation, and *2)
>> >what license key do I use in the answer file? *This organization does
>> >not have a volume license.
>>
>> >The organization uses HP laptops which all have the same hardware.
>> >The laptops were purchased with WinXP Pro installed, and then reimaged
>> >with Windows Table PC. *The employee who did this imaging is gone, and
>> >left no notes on how he handled the license key. *I captured an image
>> >from one of these laptops. *Now we want to be able to reimage laptops
>> >as needed, for example if a laptop is found to be infected.
>>
>> >Thank you.- Hide quoted text -
>>
>> - Show quoted text -
>
>Thank you for your response. I have created the sysprep.inf file. In
>the strucure "D:\RemoteInstall\Images\Windows XP\winxpsp2\$OEM$\
>$1\sysprep\sysprep.inf)", what do I put in place of "$OEM$" and
>"$1"?
>
>In the absense of a volume license, what can put as a license key in
>the sysprep.inf file?
>
>Thanks again,
>Joy
>
>
 
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