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Modifying the answer file

Deployment Solution for Dell Servers

The location where you copied your Windows 2008 driver files for your scripted OS installation (SOI) is saved in an XML file. This file is called an answer file or an unattend file. This answer file directs Deployment Solution to look in the path that you specify for your additional drivers so the installation completes successfully.

See Performing a scripted OS installation without PXE

To modify the answer file

  1. In Windows, browse to the C:\Program Files\Altiris\Notification Server\NSCap\bin\Win32\X86\Deployment\SOI\Answer File\ directory.

  2. In your text editor, open the following files:

    • Unattend_Inventory_2k8.xml

      This file corresponds to the Use inventory data option in the Install Windows OS task.

    • Unattend_Default_2k8.xml

      This file corresponds to the Use default option in the Install Windows OS task.

  3. At the end of each file, add the following section:

    <settings pass="offlineServicing">
       <component name="Microsoft-Windows-PnpCustomizationsNonWinPE" 
          processorArchitecture="@ProcessArchitecture" 
          publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral"
          versionScope="nonSxS"
          xmlns:wcm="http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State" 
          xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance">
    
          <DriverPaths>
             <PathAndCredentials wcm:action="add" wcm:keyValue="1">
                <Path>X:\Windows\Temp\Lifecycle\$WinPEDriver$</Path>
             </PathAndCredentials>
          </DriverPaths>
       </component>
    </settings>

    This addition should be inserted immediately before the closing tag:

    </unattend>
  4. Save and close each file.

  5. As another option, you can use these files as a template to create a file that you can browse to in the Install Windows OS task.