Questions tagged [unattended]

Unattended installs, setups, and deployments are processes that require little to no supervision from an end user to complete. Operating systems setups, software installs, and even entire systems deployments can be configured to be automated and thus be unattended.

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How does an unattended Windows install decide which partition to install to?

After doing research, I've decided I want to make a unattended, pre-configured Windows 10 ISO for myself, but given I have two partitions (one SSD for the OS, one HDD high capacity low speed storage), ...
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Ubuntu 20.04 kernel panic following unattended VirtualBox install

After performing an unattended install, the resulting VirtualBox image fails to boot with the following error: [0.630571] Kernel panic - not syncing: VFS: Unable to mount root fs on unknown-block(0,0)...
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Windows Server 2016 unattend.xml file still showing UELA license agreement

I'm creating an automated setup of my home lab which also can be used for my customers. I've created an unattended.xml file for Windows 10 and am currently busy for an unattended install of Windows ...
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Windows 10 1803 Unattended Install Fails

I've been doing Windows unattended installs successfully with Windows 7 and earlier versions of 10. Currently, I'm attempting the same with version 1803 (USB installation media) on a new motherboard. ...
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Unattended Installation - Ubuntu 18.0.4.4 LTS (Bionic Beaver)

I am attempting to pack an installation image, which on boot, automatically completes an installation of Ubuntu without the need for interaction. I am aware that there are many articles related to ...
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Azure AD for Office 365 and Windows System Image Manager

I am creating Windows System Image Manager answer file for unattended installation of Win 10 PRO. My goal is to install Windows with enabled Remote desktop, to log in using Remote desktop and finish ...
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Why doesn't my Ubuntu kickstart work?

this is my first attempt at any kind of unattended install. I have a VirtualBox machine with the Ubuntu 18.04 desktop ISO attached. After starting up: I hold down the left shift key, then hit enter ...
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Unattended PDF merge and print

My company is using an invoicing software that creates 3 ways invoice (original, duplicate and triplicate) as separate files which are sent to printer. We need our printer to staple them automatically ...
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Disable Windows 10 Sounds in Audit Mode or unattend

I am preparing Windows 10 Image and I want to disable Windows sounds (but not applications sounds). I tried two different ways: Audit Mode: I enter Audit Mode and modify the registry: ...
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Can I use sendmail instead of mailx in unattended-upgrades?

I've configured unattended-upgrades for apt to upgrade automatically and setup sendmail with a gmail account I made for it. Now I want unattended-upgrades to use sendmail to send me an email with the ...
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Is it safe to remove the defaultuser0 account in the Audit Mode?

I am working with Windows 10 Enterprise LTSB. I have to prepare customized Windows with the unattended installation. Everything works fine, but after I deploy the system I can see there is ...
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Install Windows Ghost Image (or other type of image) from different partition in the same disk - unattended

I am trying to install ghost windows image from a partition on the same disk automatically. Initially I have 2 partitions, 1: System, 2:OS. I will create two more partitions: 3: New Windows 4: Image ...
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Typing “python” on Windows 10 (version 1903) command prompt opens Microsoft store

This is strange issue I have observed. I installed Active Python 2.7 on Windows 10 (version 1903). On typing “python” from search, opens the Python 2.7 prompt but when I type from command prompt ...
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Windows 10 bootable USB stick - PXE-E53: No boot filename received

I am trying to boot a machine into Windows 10 from a USB stick. I have followed the instructions below to create an auto-unattended installation .xml file: https://www.windowscentral.com/how-create-...
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How to automate “Windows Welcome” with unattended installation

I'm successfully automating my Windows 10 installation using an unattend.xml file. Everything runs and installs without a single user prompt. My image contains multiple scheduled tasks, some of them ...
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How to install xserver-xorg in unattended mode?

When I install xserver-xorg package on Debian9, I have to manually input the package configuration for keyboard layout How can I skip this step, or preconfigured the keyboard layout, so I can install ...
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How to automatically enable provisioned extension in Edge?

I have created an unattended installation image of Windows 10 following Kari’s excellent guide. I have downloaded uBlock Origin package from the Store and incorporated it with Add-...
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PowerShell Scripts in Windows Unattend Answer File XML

So I have a Windows 10 Unattend Answer File. I got the parts where it skips the OOBE screens, enables admin account, and copy profile. I am trying to set the answer file to run a PowerShell script to ...
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How to Upgrade Win 10 to 1803 Using Remote Desktop

I have to upgrade Windows 10 to 1803 on several remote machines, which can be accessed by using a Remote Desktop connection. Some months ago I used this command to install 1703 without having to ...
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Unattended Eclipse update

I have to update my Eclipse frequently via "Check for Update" or "Install new Software" and looking for more convenient way than doing it by hand. Some sort of unattended batch file starting eclipse ...
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How do I [re-]install Windows 10 using an unattend.xml file without a product key?

Having seen various questions about unattend.xml installs, and experienced them first hand, I understand some of the unattended Windows install. However, I haven't seen the values to include which ...
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Debian's unattended upgrades and third party repositories

I have my system set up to perform automatic updates (unattended-upgrades), however, it doesn't work for third party repositories, I've installed Signal Desktop and I'm not receiving updates. I'm ...
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Windows7 Still Require a Product Key When has ProductKey Defined in Unattend File

I am trying to build a system image by using Sysprep with an unattend file. The key purpose is to let the end users choose their own username and computer name, but prevent them from typing the ...
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sysprep Windows 7 not generating a random name

I am attempting to deploy a number of Win 7 instances (a mix of both 32- and 64-bit) all using Win 7 Enterprise. I'm using the Windows AIK to generate an unattend file. I followed the guide here for ...
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Autounattend.xml Issue (Disk Configuration) with Windows Server 2016 on Dell PowerEdge R330

I'm having some issues getting an unattend file working with Server 2016 Essentials. I'm working with a Dell PowerEdge R330 with a PERC 330 RAID adapter (currently all drives in the machine are in a ...
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Not able to set Administrator password in OOBE pass after returning from Audit mode in an unattended installation

I am trying to create an unattended.xml file for a Windows Server 2016 unattended installation wherein after installing Windows it should execute a PowerShell script located on a remote Samba share. ...
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How to do an unattended install of Visual Studio 2008 Express on Windows 7?

I tried this but it did not work on Windows 7. I would like to install Visual Studio 2008 from a batch file on Windows 7. We can assume I have the .iso file downloaded already.
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Not able to execute remote poweshell script in windows server 2016 unattended installation

I am trying to create unattended.xml file for windows server 2016 unattended installation where in after installing windows it should execute one powershell script located on remote samba share. I am ...
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Windows unattended reliable boot

I have a system that will be unattended and unreachable, which has to run a windows system (7+). The operation is that it will start-up, perform an operation, and then switch-off again (as in no power)...
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Windows 7 unattended installation using PXE

I have followed this blog and I am able to install Windows 7 over a PXE Server and Samba shares. But this installation process is not completely automated. It boots the system using WinPE image ...
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Building unattended win7, run a batch file as admin, *after* the desktop-prep phase?

I'm building an unattended win7 install, and running into one final problem: My current process will install a bunch of programs in the post-install phase, and then run some batch scripts and ...
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Windows 7 Unattended Setup Error

I'm trying to make an unattended installation of Windows 7 Homepremium x64 Sp1 on VM. The AutoUnattend.xml (http://www7.zippyshare.com/v/j104hzpw/file.html) file was created and validated by Windows ...
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Windows 10 unattended PowerShell script won't run

I am currently trying to improve on the the current WDS install of Windows 10 that we use for basically all schools that we do sys admin work for. The install needs to contain some apps and some ...
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Build debian preseed after the options selected on a normal installation

Is there any way to build the pre-seed file based on the options I've chosen manually, instead of writing one from scratch?
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Windows 10 2016 LTSB autounattended is removing features

I am trying to set writefilter/embeddedboot/keyboardfilter using the autounattended.xml file to install windows. the issue i am having is if there is no answer file and i install windows manually. ...
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windows 7 unattend setupcomplete.cmd

I have a folder: \sources\$OEM$\$$\Setup\Scripts\Programs\ I want to copy this folder contents (couple of files and folders to C:\Program Files\) to a system drive using a command in setupcomplete....
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Autounattend.xml -multiple SynchronousCommand one line

Is there possibility to put multiple commands into one line under Autounattend.xml ? something like: <FirstLogonCommands> <SynchronousCommand wcm:action="add"> <Order>1&...
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Sysprep.exe and Unattend.xml - automatic application of product key not working

My goal is to automate the OOBE process (launched by sysprep) by removing the need for a new product key to be entered. I already have a product key since I am launching this through sysprep. I would ...
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Windows SIM can't create a catalog file from a wim

I'm currently trying to use Windows SIM to create a Windows 10 autounattend.xml file for a custom installation. I have a standard, generic, enterprise edition of Windows 10, which is my source for the ...
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Unattended Windows 7 installation stalls for 1 hour

We have created an unattended network installation setup for Windows 7 based on the WinPE present in WAIK. We boot a customized WinPE with the necessary network drivers injected and a CMD script ...
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How to disable the “These files might be harmful to your computer” nag screen from CMD?

I'm seeking to do exactly what is asked here, but from the command line. I'm performing an unattended installation of Windows 10 and wish to be able to execute a command or modify an entry in the ...
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Preloading a customized Windows 10 installation image

In short: When I boot from the preloaded installation, the setup wipes the hard disk and after the next reboot it (obviously) fails to load the OS. --> What setting am I missing to keep setup from ...
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Windows 10 unattended install: how to set input locale, system language and currency/date format?

I've successfully created an Autounattend.xml using this online tool, which I'm using to install Windows 10 64-bit without prompting for any questions during installation. However, it seems it doesn'...
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How to debug unattended installation of MS SQL Server 2012?

How can I diagnose and debug a configuration file for an unattended installation of MS SQL Server 2012? What I'm doing -- I'm building an installer for a product. The product requires MS SQL Server ...
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Disable remote input is greyed out in TeamViewer Actions menu

I'm trying to set up for unattended remote operation of an iMac and would like the remote system to remain black (as it's an all-in-one, I can't just turn off the monitor). On the local machine, in my ...
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Need to run a custom command during Windows 7 Setup between Phase 3 and 5

How can I run a cmd script during windows setup somewhere between the beginning of phase 3 and the beginning of phase 5? I need to copy hardware dependent files from the USB drive to the C: drive ...
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How to customize BartPE for Unattended operation?

Wondering if it's possible to customize BartPE for unattended operation. I would like to boot BartPE through network(PXE) to headless PC, where it should do some operations and reboot PC. For that I ...
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Does Windows 7 deployed via the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit still require activation within 30 days?

I am learning how to use the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit and am experimenting with Windows System Image Manager. At work, we normally use MAK keys to activate our Windows 7 installations. I know ...
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Debian - unattended installation

Is there any way to make the installation of Debian unattended, I need to install on multiple machines with similar hardware. Basically I need to install Debian system without human interaction, with ...
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Enable Remote Desktop in Windows Firewall from command line

note: #command-line tag do not imply batch-file-only, I will accept a PowerShell script or any freely available utility, which can be started from command line and finish its work unattended. tl;dr ...