Items That Can or Cannot Be Added During Unattended Upgrade Using Answer Files

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When you perform an unattended upgrade to Windows 2000 using an answer file, some parameters may not be available. This article lists items that are and are not used during the upgrade process.
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Items Available During Unattended Upgrades

  • Addition of components and services (DNS, WINS, and so on)
  • Use of the $oem$ directory structure
  • Cmdlines.txt file entries

Items Not Available During Unattended Upgrades

  • Addition or removal of network protocols or clients
  • Items in the [GUIRunOnce] section of the file
  • Automatic logon
If you need to use an unavailable item during the upgrade process, you may be able to use one of the following tools to make the item available:
  • Netset.exe: Located in the %SystemRoot%\System32 folder of a Windows 2000 installation. This file takes the networking section of an unattended installation file and automatically installs the protocols and clients. Note that only the addition of protocols and clients is supported, not removal.
  • /CMD Switch: A command-line switch for Winnt32.exe that can be used to run a command at the end of GUI-mode Setup. This is used in conjunction with the $oem$ directory structure, to use registry editing tools to automate automatic logon or add items to the RunOnce key.
    For more information about the $oem$ directory structure and other registry editing tools, please consult the Windows 2000 Resource Kit.

Article ID: 216300 - Last Review: 10/26/2013 05:19:00 - Revision: 4.0

Microsoft Windows 2000 Server, Microsoft Windows 2000 Advanced Server, Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional Edition

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