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Unattended Install with Reboots

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By Darren Burnett

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Posted: 30 Dec 2002

When we were rolling out W2K we used an unattended install. We also wanted to force the install of applications. However we wanted to reboot between application installs. We came up with an idea that maybe useful to other people.

At the end of the unattended install (using cmdlines.txt) we ran "REGEDIT /S c:\nov\autolog1.reg". This reg file setup an auto admin logon for a user called Office, who had Microsoft Office associated as a force run, thus installing Office. This user logon script also ran autolog2.reg which set the new auto admin logon to Lotus. As Office was set to force reboot after install, the machine would reboot and the user Lotus would logon forcing the install of Lotus Notes. This process would continue until all our required apps had been installed. The last user would have a autoundo.reg which would remove the auto admin logon. Therefore the machine was now ready to use and anybody logging in would not have to wait for the apps to drag down and install (a fairly long process) -- only the current_user registry would have to be updated.

Hope this idea can be modified for your use. Feel free to e-mail me with questions regarding this tip.

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