How do I specify an answer file to automate the installation of an OS via Windows Deployment Services?

A. You can specify an answer file for each image known to Windows Deployment Services. To select the answer file:

  1. Right-click the image and select Properties, as the figure shows.
  2. On the General tab, select the "Allow image to install in unattended mode" and click the Select File button to select the XML file.
  3. A new dialog box will open. Click Browse and select the XML, then click Open.
  4. Click OK.
The specified XML file is copied to the \Images\Windows Vista\install\Unattend sub-folder of the RemoteInstall main folder. Therefore if you update the XML file in its original location you must re-specify the XML file so it gets copied to the correct location for use during actual installation.
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