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Alexei
post Oct 6 2006, 02:03 PM
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I still didn't get it (IMG:http://www.boot-land.net/forums/style_emoticons/default/smile.gif)
What range of scenarios you want to cover with your software?
I can hardly imagine numerous ITs installing OS via P2P (IMG:http://www.boot-land.net/forums/style_emoticons/default/smile.gif)
Hardware were much weaker when MS was designing its installation process, why follow their path?
For ex. It may be simpler to exclude excessive drivers when Win already detected the hardware (IMG:http://www.boot-land.net/forums/style_emoticons/default/smile.gif) Though, why really bother? (IMG:http://www.boot-land.net/forums/style_emoticons/default/smile.gif)
If process is fully automated, it's not that much important how fast it runs. They can do it overnight (IMG:http://www.boot-land.net/forums/style_emoticons/default/smile.gif) What really matters is how much manual work is involved, so it may be interesting to make completely automated setup initiated by network boot (IMG:http://www.boot-land.net/forums/style_emoticons/default/smile.gif)
You may be interested to look at "Slimming Down Windows XP" (though the guy is kinda strange)
http://www.bold-fortune.com/forums/index.php?showforum=13
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Xsss4hell
post Oct 6 2006, 06:54 PM
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@jaclaz
I didn't want to use PE 2.0. I just wanted to explain that and how others solved that problem with slipstreaming drivers from setup to hd.

@Alexei
My project was planned to boost the user through the setup process, while giving the possibility to customize his/her final os before installation has started. Later I thought about Network Admins problems.


So, it seems as if some people don't believe that this is possible or what I say..?

OK..

I HAVE already an application that saves XML presets and can do some options. It runs on PE autostartup and collects information, then gives it to the setup. Rest is unattended.
But I wanted to go a NEW and BETTER way. TELL me any alternative to Ghost, RIS and Sysprep to make custom installs unattended..none or nothing comparable, especially nothing FREE?? hmm..that's why I wanted create something into this direction..by removing any unser interaction during setup and doing any interaction on beginning of setup..the rest should work automatic.
Now don't say NLite...or can your NLited image work on an other computer. I mean the computer has an other user who wants an other user account and apps, settings etc..

Now there are left two alternatives classic way: MS Setup, or this new way...

I told you that I know somebody who already finished a project similar to mine.. here are more details:

To clear things up: I don't like the RIS method.. I want a new method which is more flexible and not causing so much traffic etc..

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He'd to install about 30000 XP-Cliens nationwide. (don't ask he's not allowd to give it to 3rd party)
He's working for a big security agency int the IT-secor in germany.
His project is based on a RIS-Server per Location. The clients boot a WindowsPE image over RIS.
But instead of viewing the default WinPE-Shell interface a GUI appear written in C appear wich does following:

- Collecting information computer-name, domain etc.
- How to format drives?
- Which Sofware shall be isntalled?
- Which system components shall be installed?

The GUI creates an unattended.txt and opens the setup's unattended routine.
He'd to write some tools to join a Domain and connect Network-Drives
It works like a charm

And WinPE already detects a big amount of Hardware (Networkcard drivers are most important for RIS), so that's definately the better way of installing over RIS.
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post Oct 6 2006, 11:14 PM
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Would a person be able to use this app with PicoXP? Sounds good from looking at the pictures.
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Alexei
post Oct 7 2006, 03:03 PM
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QUOTE (Xsss4hell @ Oct 6 2006, 11:54 AM) *
@Alexei
My project was planned to boost the user through the setup process, while giving the possibility to customize his/her final os before installation has started. Later I thought about Network Admins problems.
So, it seems as if some people don't believe that this is possible or what I say..?

You know, I still have strange feeling that you don't have a clear picture of what you want to create (IMG:http://www.boot-land.net/forums/style_emoticons/default/smile.gif)
Is it gonna be similar to those pictures?
If yes - that's very good, but this guy had specific task with limited variations of environment, conditions, software, etc. So, he could make some "standard" setup and let users to mark what they want. (IMG:http://www.boot-land.net/forums/style_emoticons/default/smile.gif) You can't go the same way unless you define your target (IMG:http://www.boot-land.net/forums/style_emoticons/default/smile.gif)
What would be typical usage of your software? What variations of typical usage you're going to support? What kind of users you expect? What you don't want to support and why? I still don't know your answers (IMG:http://www.boot-land.net/forums/style_emoticons/default/sad.gif)
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Yorn
post Oct 20 2006, 03:58 PM
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Unattended RIS installs:
http://www.msfn.org/board/index.php?showforum=127

Unattended project
http://unattended.sourceforge.net/

RyanVM's integrated update packs
http://www.ryanvm.net/msfn/

Bashrat the Sneaky's DriverPacks
http://www.driverpacks.net/

N-Lite
http://www.nliteos.com/

XPize
http://www.msfn.org/board/index.php?showforum=112

I think what you're talking about is doing something that replaces all of the above. The thing is, RogueSpear is doing that right now. It's called AutoImage:
http://www.doitrightconsulting.net/forum/v...e0a87e6a2a83b87

The screenshot you're showing is from Client Installation Wizard for RIS server for Windows: (You can customize it)
http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechn...b.mspx?mfr=true
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