INFO: Setting DNS Domain Suffix Search Order During an Unattended Installation

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SUMMARY

The unattended setup mode of Windows NT does not offer a way to specify the domain suffix search order. The ability to use a domain suffix search order may be very useful in certain business situations and can be accomplished at the end of the unattended installation process.

The unattended setup mode of Windows 2000 does offer a way to specify the domain suffix search order. In some configurations this may not work. In this situation you can use the following methods to add the DNSSuffixSearchOrder during the unattended setup.

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Method 1

  1. Create a text file with the following two lines of text and save it as Suffix.txt. The spacing must be exactly as shown below, where adatum.xxx signifies a domain suffix. Up to six domain suffixes may be specified. The search order is left to right.

    For Windows NT 4.0 Systems:
    \\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\TCPIP \Parameters

    SearchList="testadatum.com test2adatum.net test3adatum.gov
    For Windows 2000 Systems you need to put a comma between the different DNS suffixes:
    \\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\TCPIP\Parameters

    SearchList="testadatum.com, test2adatum.net, test3adatum.gov"
  2. Copy Regini.exe and Suffix.txt to the $OEM$ subdirectory at the installation sharepoint. Regini.exe is a Windows NT Resource Kit Utility
  3. If one does not exist, create a Cmdlines.txt file in the $OEM$ and add the following line including the quotes:
          [Commands]
          ".\REGINI SUFFIX.TXT"
    						

    Only one instance of the [Commands] heading should exist in the Cmdlines.txt file.
  4. Make sure the entry OEMPREINSTALL = Yes exists in the [UNATTEND] section of your Unattended.txt file.

Method 2

  1. Create a registry file with the following two lines of text and save it as Suffix.reg. The spacing must be exactly as shown below, where adatum.xxx signifies a domain suffix. Up to six domain suffixes may be specified. The search order is left to right.
          REGEDIT4
    
          \\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\Tcpip\Parameters
          "SearchList"="testadatum1.com testadatum2.net testadatum3.gov"
    						
    For Windows 2000 Systems:

    REGEDIT4
    
    
          \\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\Tcpip\Parameters
    
          "SearchList"="testadatum1.com, testadatum2.net, testadatum3.gov"
    						
  2. Copy Regedit.exe and Suffix.reg to the $OEM$ subdirectory at the installation sharepoint. Regedit.exe is provided with Windows NT.
  3. If one does not exist, create a Cmdlines.txt file in the $OEM$ and add the following line including the quotes:
          [Commands]
          ".\REGEDIT /s SUFFIX.REG"
    						

    Only one instance of the [Commands] heading should exist in the Cmdlines.txt file.
  4. Make sure the entry OEMPREINSTALL = Yes exists in the [UNATTEND] section of your Unattended.txt file


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Article ID: 178277 - Last Review: February 23, 2007 - Revision: 3.2
APPLIES TO
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Service Pack 1
  • Microsoft Windows NT Workstation 4.0 Developer Edition
  • Microsoft Windows NT Server 4.0 Standard Edition
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