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System Preparation Tool (Sysprep) Script File Keys

This article was previously published under Q196667
SUMMARY
When you use the Microsoft System Preparation (Sysprep) tool, a wizardruns the next time the computer is started after the tool prepares thecomputer and copies an image to the computer. You can automate thisprocess by creating a script file. To use Sysprep with a script file,use the following syntax

sysprep.exe <filename>

where <filename> is the name of the script file.

Note that the script file must contain one section called [NT4Preinstall].
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Script File Keys

You can use the following keys in the Sysprep script file:
Key name:    OemSkipEulaValues:      Yes | NoDescription: This key disables the display of the End User License              Agreement (EULA) when the value is set to Yes. The default              value is No.Key name:    ProductID Value:       xxx-xxxxxxx OR xxxxx-OEM-xxxxxx-xxxxxDescription: This key specifies whether the Product ID screen should be              displayed. The Product ID key is displayed by default.Key name:    FullNameValue:       <string>Description: This key specifies the user's name. If this key is not              specified or the string value is blank, the User Name And              Organization screen is displayed.Key name:    OrgNameValue:       <string>Description: This key specifies the user's organization or company name.              If this key is not specified or the string value is blank,              the User Name And Organization screen is displayed, unless              the FullName key is specified with a valid string value.Key name:    ComputerNameValues:      <string> | "Auto"Description: This key specifies the computer name. If this key is not              specified or the string value is blank, the Computer Name              screen is displayed. The string value must be a minimum of 1              non-white-space character and a maximum of 15 non-white-space             characters.             If this string value is set to "Auto," Setup automatically              generates a unique computer name based on a random number.              This provides a mechanism to install multiple computers with             a unique computer name. Key name:    AdminPasswordValue:       <string>Description: This key specifies the password for the administrator              account. If this key is not specified or the string value is              blank, the Administrator Password screen is displayed. The              string value must be a minimum of 1 non-white-space character             and a maximum of 15 non-white-space characters. To specify a              blank or NULL password use "*".Key name:    OEMBannerText Value:       <text string>Description: This key specifies a string to be displayed in the upper-left             corner of the screen. The text must contain the "Windows NT"              sub-string or it is ignored. You can specify multiple lines              by using the "*" character as a separator.Key name:    OEMLogoBitmapFileValues:      <file name> [, <resource id>]Description: This key specifies a bitmap to be displayed in the upper-             right corner of the screen. If this key has only one field,              it is assumed to be a bitmap (.bmp) file located in the              folder in which the System Preparation tool resides. If two              fields are specified, the first field is the name of a              dynamic-link library (DLL) and the second field is a decimal              number that represents the resource ID of the bitmap in the              DLL. The DLL should be located in the folder that contains              Sysprep.exe.Key name:    OEMBackgroundBitmapFileValues:      <file name> [,<resource id>]Description: This key specifies a background bitmap to display. If this              key has only one field, it is assumed to be a bitmap (.bmp)              file located in the folder in which Sysprep.exe resides. If              two fields are specified, the first field is the name of a              dynamic-link library (DLL) and the second field is a decimal              number that represents the resource ID of the bitmap in the              DLL. The DLL should be located in the folder that contains              Sysprep.exe.Key name:    OEMSkipWelcomeValues:      0 | 1Description: If this key is set to 1, the Welcome page is skipped. If the              key is set to 0, the Welcome page is displayed.Key name:    OEMNoWaitAfterGUIModeValues:      0 | 1Description: If this key is set to 1, the Finished page is not displayed              and the computer is automatically restarted when the wizard              is finished. If the key is set to 0, the Finished page is              displayed and the computer does not automatically restart.Key name:    NoSidGenValue:       Yes | NoDescription: This key disables the Security Identification (SID)              modification code. Set this key to Yes to disable the SID              modification code. You might use this value if the computer              is to be preconfigured with system services and access (ACL)              permissions. This allows a system integrator or administrator             to preconfigure a computer and set the computer name,              administrator password, and other settings at the final              location.             NOTE: Do not use this key if you plan to duplicate the              system.				

Sample Script File

The following sample file is an example of a Windows NT 4.0 Mini-Setup wizard script:
   [NT4Preinstall]   OemSkipEula = Yes   ProductID = 123-4567890   FullName = "Sample Company User"   OrgName = "Sample Company Inc."   ComputerName = "auto"   AdminPassword = "password"				

Sysprep.exe Command-Line Switches

Sysprep supports the following command-line switches:
Switch:      <filename>Description: Instructs the Windows NT 4.0 Mini-Setup wizard to use the              settings in the specified script file automatically. For              example, the following command specifies that the Mini-Setup              wizard should use the settings in the Nt4setup.inf file:                sysprep nt4setup.inf             NOTE: There is no dash preceding the script file name.Switch:      -quietDescription: Instructs Sysprep to run without displaying a warning dialog              box. For example, the following command specifies that only              the license information screen should be displayed:                sysprep -quiet             The warning message stating that the computer is going to be              prepared for disk imaging and automatically shut down is not              displayed, and the computer shuts down automatically.             NOTE: The preceding dash is required.Switch:      -rebootDescription: Instructs Sysprep to automatically restart the computer. For              example, the following command specifies that the computer is             restarted automatically instead of being shut down after              Sysprep has finished:                sysprep -reboot             You should not use this switch if you are preparing the              computer for disk imaging. This switch may be useful if you              plan to automate a test process designed to run after Sysprep             has finished.             NOTE: The preceding dash is required.Switch:      -defeatDescription: Instructs Sysprep to run on a computer that has retail              versions of Windows NT 4.0 Workstation or Windows NT 4.0              Server and Microsoft Office 97. Normally, Sysprep requires             a Microsoft Select Volume CD-ROM or an OEM (Original              Equipment Manufacturer) CD-ROM installation to run. 				

The following sample Sysprep command uses all the command-line switches:

sysprep setupscript.inf -quiet -reboot -defeat
REFERENCES
For additional information about Sysprep, please review the Sysprep.docfile that is included with the Sysprep tool.
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Article ID: 196667 - Last Review: 09/09/2002 13:22:00 - Revision: 1.0

  • Microsoft Windows NT Workstation 4.0 Developer Edition
  • Microsoft Windows NT Server 4.0 Standard Edition
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