Aug 052008

Unattended installation as in previous versions of Windows Operating System and ofcourse on any other operating system is possible in Windows Server 2008.

To perform an unattended installation of Windows Server 2008,

1. Create a .xml file titled Unattend.xml by using a text editor like notepad or Windows System Image Manager. Click this link for a Sample Unattended.xml file

2. Copy the Unattend.xml file to a local drive or shared network drive.

3. Boot your computer to Windows Preinstallation Environment (Windows PE), Windows Server 2003, or Windows XP.

4. Insert the media disk with the Server Core installation of Windows Server 2008 into your disk drive. If the auto-run Setup window appears, click Cancel.

5. At a command prompt, change to the drive that contains the installation media. Say (C:\)

6. Type the following command

setup /unattend:<path>\unattend.xml

where path is the path to your Unattend.xml file.
7. Allow Setup to complete.

This should do!

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  6 Responses to “Unattended Installation of Windows Server 2008”

  1. Your link to the sample unattended file is broken. It looks like this:

    The XML page cannot be displayed
    Cannot view XML input using XSL style sheet. Please correct the error and then click the Refresh button, or try again later.


    An invalid character was found in text content. Error processing resource ‘…


  2. the link to “Sample Unattended.xml file” above does not work

  3. What exactly is “the media disk with the Server Core installation of Windows Server 2008″?
    Is that the original MS Server 2008 DVD? If so, doesnt the install.wim file contain images of Standard, Enterprise and Datacenter, plus the Core versions of each.

    How does the unattend.xml force Setup.exe to use the correct Core image?

  4. yeah, good job sand nigger. It’s not really unattended if you have to sit there, use different disks, have something on the hard drive already, and type shit. I want to know how to slipstream this shit together in a single cd, pop it in, hit the ANY key (being sarchastic), and have it fucking go. Listen, I got the damn answer file, i have the dam WAIK, I want to know how to make something for windows server 2008/win 7 that i have for server 2k3/xp. jackass

  5. what if I want to run the entire setup from the DVD, where do I copy the unattend.xml file on the DVD?


  6. Ok…almost two years later, but the correct term is “Sand Ninja”

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