Friday, May 4, 2012

Installation of Windows Server 2003 R2

Installation Process Types:-1. BASIC
2. RIS (Remote Installation Services)

Normal Installation Type, through Product Installation CD.

The Normal install consists of two types Attended and Unattended install.

Attended install is where you sit in front of the machines and install the whole operating system , this process may not be feasible if you are working with more than one machine, suppose you want to install OS on 15 machines you will be using the method called Unattended install where you will be creating an answer file, for the setup

• The answer file will be provided by the floppy drive, so the OS Compact Disk works on the Data provided by it

• To create answer file copy the file at drive \setup\support\tools\\setup.manager.exe

• Copy it to another location on network then run the wizard and add the information like the CD key, regional settings, machine names to be given, organization name etc. then save it, the file will be saved anywhere like C:\setup\unattended.

• This will create 3 files

• Now to make sure the process runs successfully you will have to perform some changes as
Rename Unattended.bat to “winnt.bat”
Rename Unattended.txt to “winnt.sif”

• Now this will only work if you have the Boot priorities set to
II – Floppy Drive

RIS (Remote Installation Services)

RIS supports two types of operating system images:
 CD-based images (images created by using RISetup)
 Remote Installation Preparation (RIPrep) images.

The CD-based option is similar to setting up a server operating system directly from the Windows Server 2003 product CD, except that the source files reside on a RIS server.
You can create a RIPrep image from a server that is running Windows Server 2003 with SP2, and you can then deploy this image to other similar servers that are connected to the network.

Creating a CD-based (RIS setup) image to add to a RIS server
After you install RIS, perform the following steps to create the image and then add the image to your RIS server.

To create an image of Windows Server 2003 with SP2 and add it to your RIS server
1. Create an integrated version of the operating system with SP2.
2. To create an image, click Start, click Run, and then type: risetup.exe /add
3. The Remote Installation Services Setup Wizard appears. Follow the instructions in the wizard. When the Installation Source Files Location page prompts you for the image source, enter the path to the shared folder that contains the integrated version that you created in Step 1.
4. A box appears showing the progress of the installation. After the RISetup image is complete, you can install the image on each server as described in Remote Installation Services on the Microsoft TechCenter Web site.

Creating a Remote Installation Preparation (RIPrep) image to deploy to other servers

If you want to add additional programs or settings to your integrated installation image, you must have a CD–based image of Windows Server 2003 with SP2 on your RIS server. Note that you cannot use the /integrate option to integrate SP2 directly into an existing CD-based image or a RIPrep image.

To update existing RIPrep images
1. Use RIS to install the RISetup image on your computer.
2. Add the additional programs and settings that you want to include in the image.
3. Run RIPrep to create an image on the RIS server. For instructions on how to run RIPrep on RIS servers running Windows Server 2003, see:
• Remote Installation Services ( )

• Automating and Customizing Installations ( )

4. You can now deploy your RIPrep image to other servers.


Installing SP2 using source files that are located on a network share
To install SP2 from the network, first extract the installation files to a shared distribution folder. Then install SP2 on each computer using these files.
To install the service pack using a network share

1 Connect to the network or computer where you want to create the distribution folder.

2 In the shared folder, create a distribution folder.
For example, to create a distribution folder named WS2003SP2, type mkdir Drive:\WS2003SP2 at the command prompt (Drive: represents the drive where you want to store the distribution folder).

3 To extract the files to the distribution folder, type the following at the command prompt, where Path is the location of the distribution folder:
WindowsServer2003-KB914961-SP2-XXX-LLL.exe /X:Path

4 For each computer that you plan to update, back up the files and close programs before you continue (unless you plan to force programs to close during the installation).

5 To install the service pack from the shared distribution folder, run Update.exe. For example, to install from a distribution folder named WS2003SP2, type the following at the command prompt using the desired command-line options :

6 Follow the instructions in the Setup Wizard.

7 After Update.exe has completed, restart the computer to complete the installation. SP2 will not be fully installed until you restart your computer.

8 If you disabled your antivirus software, enable it after you restart the computer.

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