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Chapter 5. Automated Installation and Ne... > Putting an Answer File to Use

Putting an Answer File to Use

Four main types of installations can be performed using an answer file. The name of your answer file will be different depending on the type of install you intend to use it for. Table 5.3 lists the four standard file names for answer files, as well as their purpose and location.

Table 5.3. Types of Answer Files
File NamePurpose
RISETUP.SIFAutomate the setup wizard for RIS-based installs. You'll put this file in the \I386\Templates subdirectory of the folder created for any RIS image.
SYSPREP.INFProvides answers for the SYSPREP Mini-Setup Wizard. SYSPREP.INF should be placed in the C:\SYSPREP directory before running SYSPREP.EXE to prepare a drive for imaging.
UNATTEND.TXTProvides responses for the installation process when running an install using WINNT or WINNT32 from a network share or from a command-line–initiated installation from the CD. This file can actually have any name and can be saved in any location that you will be able to access while running the install.
WINNT.SIFProvides answers for the setup wizard when installing by booting to the Windows XP CD. Save this file to the root of a floppy, and insert the disk right after the installation starts from the bootable Windows XP CD.



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