I have created an XML file that can be used almost as is to perform a hardware independent scripted installation. This file was created using the WIAK for Windows 7/Vista. It can partition the drive with a system partition of 300MB and the rest partitioned for the OS. It has placed in it a way of pulling drivers down into WinPE and then after all of the files for Windows have expanded move the drivers into the “Windows 7” driver store. I have tested this rigorously and it works flawlessly. When combined with a scripted installation using the standard LANDesk scripted provisioning tasks I no longer have the need for images.
With all of the software I am installing with the “Execute File” method the overall time end to end is roughly 90 minutes to usable. I have on template for desktops and one template for laptops. I don’t want to pollute the driver store with unneeded drivers. I control the user profile and machine using group policy.
Here are the variables I used in the unattend file.
Domain = %lddomain%
Account = %ldaccount%
Password = %ldpassword%
System Partition 300mb
OS Partition rest of the drive
Auto Admin Logon 4 times
Misc Windows software removed
Please ask if you need a better guide through the process.
DesktopUnattended.zip 2.0 K