How can I stop my system from prompting me for a product ID during a Microsoft Remote Installation Services (RIS) installation?

A. Because the default RIS answer file (i.e., the ristndrd.sif file in the i386\templates folder of the RIS image) doesn't include a product ID, the system will prompt you for the product ID during installation. To avoid having to provide this information every time, perform the following steps:

  1. Open the ristndrd.sif file in the i386\templates folder of the RIS image location for which you want to set the CD-ROM key.
  2. Locate the \[UserData\] section of the file.
  3. Add the line
    ProductID = "XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX" 
    and replace the text in quotes with the product ID.
  4. Save the file.

For example, the \[UserData\] section of my ristndrd.sif file looks like

\[UserData\]
FullName = "%USERFIRSTNAME% %USERLASTNAME%"
OrgName = "%ORGNAME%"
ComputerName = %MACHINENAME% 
ProductID = "XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX"
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