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Unattended, A Windows deployment system / News: Recent posts

Unattended 4.9 Released

This is a system for fully automating the installation of Windows 2000 Professional and Server, Windows XP, and Windows Server 2003.
Versioni4.8 include:
Kernel linux-2.6.38.6
Windows XP SP3 Security updates up to January 2011
Linuxboot programs upgrade to latest stable versions.
AutodetectDrivers. Thanks Pierre!
For a detailed change log:
https://sourceforge.net/apps/trac/unattended/query?milestone=4.9

Posted by Juan Jose Pablos 2011-06-06

Unattended 4.8 released

This is a system for fully automating the installation of Windows 2000 Professional and Server, Windows XP, and Windows Server 2003.
Versioni4.8 include:
Kernel 2.6.29.1 (enable more network drivers)
Scribus added
use cifs instead of smbfs
ntinstall5. Alternate instalation process to dos emulator.
Windows XP SP3 included.
create a dotnet.bat instead of installing from the windows updates.
Added Ie7 and Office Compatibility Pack.
Updated several programs (Openoffice 3.0) to latest stable version
Windows XP SP3 Security updates up to March 2009
Several programs linuxboot upgrade to latest stable versions.
Linux boot build process tested in other linux distributions
Support for postgres as well as mysql for configurations.
"make download" is now cached (no need to download same file again) ... read more

Posted by Juan Jose Pablos 2009-04-29

Unattended 4.0 released

Unattended is a system for fully automating the installation of Windows 2000, XP, and Server 2003, including the OS, hotfixes, and applications. Complete documentation is available. Version 4.0 features a completely reworked boot disk. Two, actually. The traditional boot disk is now based on FreeDOS. There is also a new experimental boot disk using a custom diskless Linux system based on the 2.6.3 kernel. So now you can install Windows using nothing but free software (except for Windows itself).... read more

Posted by Patrick J. LoPresti 2004-03-08

Unattended 3.0 released

Unattended is a system for fully automating the installation of Windows 2000 and XP workstations, including the OS, hotfixes, and applications. Complete documentation is available at <http://unattended.sourceforge.net/>.

Version 3.0 removes the requirement that the installation share permit anonymous access. This should also be the most stable release yet.

Posted by Patrick J. LoPresti 2003-09-14

Unattended 2.4 released

Unattended is a system for automating the deployment of Windows machines. Release 2.4 adds better support for Windows XP and Office XP, plus the usual cocktail of bug fixes and minor feature improvements.

Posted by Patrick J. LoPresti 2003-02-10

Unattended 2.2 released

Unattended is a system for fully automating the installation of Windows 2000 and XP workstations (sort of like an open-source RIS). Version 2.2 has more documentation and several bug fixes.

Posted by Patrick J. LoPresti 2002-12-15

Unattended 2.1 released

Unattended is a system which fully automates the installation of Windows 2000 and XP workstations (sort of like an open-source RIS). Version 2.1 fixes some bugs and knows how to avoid rebooting if the partition table does not change.

By detecting partition table changes, it is now possible in principle to create a truly unattended installation; that is, one with zero human interaction. Maybe in the next release...

Posted by Patrick J. LoPresti 2002-11-10

Unattended 2.0 released

Unattended is a system which fully automates the installation of Windows 2000 and XP workstations (sort of like an open-source RIS). Version 2.0 features a complete rewrite of the master script in Perl, allowing vastly more flexible local customization.

The new Perl installation script, which runs under DOS, includes a full parser/generator for unattend.txt files. With the new script comes a completely rewritten set of instructions for OS installation. The application installation procedure is unchanged.... read more

Posted by Patrick J. LoPresti 2002-10-23

Unattended 1.1.0 released

"Unattended" is a system for fully automating the deployment of Windows workstations, using Windows or Unix servers on the back end. Version 1.1.0 provides better support for Windows XP, even better error checking, better separation between the generic scripts and the site-specific configuration, and more examples.

Posted by Patrick J. LoPresti 2002-09-30

Unattended 1.0 released

"Unattended" is a system for fully automating the installation of Windows 2000 and XP workstations. Version 1.0 removes the need for Unix servers and adds support for installing Windows XP, and is the first "production" release.

Many people use imaging technologies (sysprep, Ghost, etc.) to deploy Windows workstations. This is usually a bad idea. Imaging is fine for installing hundreds of workstations with 100% identical hardware, but in most environments, true unattended installation is a superior approach.... read more

Posted by Patrick J. LoPresti 2002-09-26

Unattended 0.9 released

"Unattended" is a system for automating the deployment of Windows 2000 workstations (XP coming soon). Release 0.9 provides binary bootdisk images, eliminating the need for a Unix server.

Posted by Patrick J. LoPresti 2002-09-24

&quot;Unattended&quot; project initial release; testers wanted

http://unattended.sourceforge.net/ is a project to enable the unattended installation of Windows workstations (both OS and applications) without relying on Windows servers. The current test release should work out of the box after some site-specific customization.

I am looking for system administrators to try it out and provide feedback. Skilled admins interested in becoming co-developers are welcome, as is anyone who can report problems or make suggestions.

Posted by Patrick J. LoPresti 2002-09-23