This article was previously published under Q178277
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256986 Description of the Microsoft Windows Registry
The unattended setup mode of Windows NT does not offer a way to specify thedomain suffix search order. The ability to use a domain suffix search ordermay be very useful in certain business situations and can be accomplishedat 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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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.
Copy Regini.exe and Suffix.txt to the $OEM$ subdirectory at the installation sharepoint. Regini.exe is a Windows NT Resource Kit Utility
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.
Make sure the entry OEMPREINSTALL = Yes exists in the [UNATTEND] section of your Unattended.txt file.
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.