Remote Installation Services Extension Tools and Settings

Updated: March 28, 2003

Applies To: Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2003 with SP1, Windows Server 2003 with SP2

Remote Installation Services Extension Tools and Settings

Remote Installation Services Extension Tools

The following tools are associated with Remote Installation Services.

DSA.msc: Active Directory Users and Computers

Category

DSA.msc is the Active Directory Users and Computers snap-in used by Administrators to manage Active Directory in Windows 2000 and Windows Server 2003 domains.

Version compatibility

DSA.msc runs on Windows 2000 Server, Windows XP SP1 with the Windows Server 2003 Administration Tools Pack installed, and Windows Server 2003.

DSA.msc ships with Windows 2000 and Windows Server 2003.

GPMC.msc: Group Policy Management Console

Category

GPMC.msc is a snap-in used by Administrators to manage Group Policy in Windows 2000 and Windows Server 2003 domains. Remote Installation Services policy can be configured from GPMC.

Version compatibility

GPMC.msc runs on Windows XP SP1, and Windows Server 2003.

For GPMC download information, see the Group Policy Management Console link on the Web Resources page.

Remote Installation Services Extension Registry Entries

The following registry entries are associated with Remote Installation Services Extension.

The information here is provided as a reference for use in troubleshooting or verifying that the required settings are applied. You should not directly edit the registry unless there is no other alternative. Modifications to the registry are not validated by the registry editor or by Windows before they are applied, and as a result, incorrect values can be stored. This can result in unrecoverable errors in the system. When possible, use Group Policy or other Windows tools, such as Microsoft Management Console (MMC), to accomplish tasks rather than editing the registry directly. If you must edit the registry, use extreme caution.

BINLSVC

Registry path

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \System\CurrentControlSet\Services\

Version

Windows Server 2003.

This key and its sub-keys store Remote Installation Service settings for the BinL service used by Remote Installation Services (RIS).

For more information about this registry entry, see the Registry Reference for Windows Server 2003.

Groveler

Registry path

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Service\

Version

Windows Server 2003.

This key and its sub-keys store Remote Installation Service settings for the Groveler service used by RIS.

For more information about this registry entry, see the Registry Reference for Windows Server 2003.

SIS

Registry path

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Service\

Version

Windows Server 2003.

This key and its sub-keys store Remote Installation Service settings for the SIS service used by RIS.

For more information about this registry entry, see the Registry Reference for Windows Server 2003.

TFTPD

Registry path

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Service\

Version

Windows Server 2003.

This key and its sub-keys store Remote Installation Service settings for the TFTPD service used by RIS.

For more information about this registry entry, see the Registry Reference for Windows Server 2003.

Remote Installation Services Extension Group Policy Settings

You can use the following four general settings to configure Remote Installation Services options:

  • Group Policy Settings

    • Remote Installation Services node

    • Administrative Templates

  • RIS Server Authorization (DHCP MMC)

  • Authorized RIS Server Properties (ADUC MMC)

  • Discretionary Access Control Lists (DACLs)

Group Policy Settings

This section summarizes the two types of Group Policy settings.

Remote Installation Services Node Settings

The following tables list and describe Group Policy settings that are associated with Remote Installation Services Extension.

Remote Installation Services Node Policy Settings

 

Group Policy Setting Description

Automatic Setup

Automatic Setup is one of the four installation options. When Automatic Setup is the only installation choice, users on the client are not offered installation choices. Automatic Setup settings are:

  • Not Configured (Default)

  • Enabled

  • Disabled

Custom Setup

Custom Setup is one of the four installation options, with settings of:

  • Not Configured (Default)

  • Enabled

  • Disabled

Restart Setup

Restart Setup is one of the four installation options, with settings of:

  • Not Configured (Default)

  • Enabled

  • Disabled

Tools (Maintenance and Troubleshooting)

Tools is one of the four installation options, with settings of:

  • Not Configured (Default)

  • Enabled

  • Disabled

Administrative Templates Settings

RIS template settings are found at the following node in Group Policy Object Editor:

  • User Configuration\Administrative Templates\Windows Components\MMC\Restricted/Permitted snap-ins\Group Policy\Group Policy snap-in extensions

The setting is Remote Installation Services and the setting options are:

  • Not Configured (Default)

  • Enabled

  • Disabled

RIS Server Authorization (DHCP MMC) Settings

RIS settings are also available from the Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol MMC, and the setting is RIS Authorization. You use this option to specify which RIS Servers are allowed to run on your network. RIS Servers are disabled by default, and you must specifically authorize a RIS Server.

Authorized RIS Server Properties (ADUC MMC) Settings

Once RIS servers are authorized in the DHCP MMC, the RIS server has settings accessible from the Active Directory Users and Computers (ADUC) MMC. These settings are located on tabs in the Properties dialog box for the RIS Server. The RIS server also has a New Answer File wizard.

The following table summarizes the Remote Install Tab settings.

Remote Install Tab Settings

 

Setting Description

Respond to client computers requesting service

You use this option to pre-stage a client. You pre-stage a client by adding the computer name to Active Directory, and then adding that name to this setting list. This setting is disabled by default.

Do not respond to unknown client computers

You use this option to prevent/allow clients that are not pre-staged to install a remote operating system. This setting is disabled by default.

The next table shows the settings for the New Clients Tab.

New Clients Tab

 

Setting Description

Generate client computer names using

Options for this setting are:

  • First initial, Last name

  • Last name, First initial

  • First name, Last initial

  • Last initial, First name

  • User name (default)

  • NP plus MAC

  • Custom

Where client account is created

Option button choices are:

  • Default directory service location (Computers)

  • Same location as that of the user setting up the client computer

  • The following directory service location (Browse)

The next table shows the settings for the Images Tab.

Images Tab

 

Setting Description

Images

This option lists installation images installed on the RIS Server, with no images listed as the default. The following actions are available for this option:

  • Add (starts Add Wizard)

  • Remove

  • Properties

  • Refresh

The next table shows the settings for the Tools Tab.

Tools Tab

 

Setting Description

Tools

This option provides maintenance and troubleshooting tools that are installed on the RIS Server, with no tools listed as the default. The following actions are available for this option:

  • Remove

  • Properties

  • Refresh

The next table shows the settings for the Security Tab.

Security Tab

 

Setting Description

Group or user names

You use this option to add or remove users and groups to the list.

Permissions for <user or group selected>

You use this option to allow or deny the permission for the selected user or group, for the following permissions:

  • Full Control

  • Read

  • Write

  • Create All Child Objects

  • Delete All Child Objects

  • Special Permissions

  • Advanced button

The next table shows the settings for the New Answer File Wizard.

New Answer File Wizard

 

Setting Description

Associate a new answer file to an existing image (option button)

When you select this option and click the Next button, your options are:

  • Windows image sample files

  • Another remote installation server

  • An alternate location

Add a new installation image (option button)

When you select this option and click the Next button, the Add Installation Image Wizard displays, which you can use to set:

  • Path to image

  • Folder name

  • Friendly Description

  • Help Text

  • CIW screen options

Discretionary Access Control List Setting

The following table shows the Discretionary Access Control List setting for the RIS server.

Discretionary Access Control List (DACL) Setting

 

Setting Description

OS image availability to users in CIW

Available to all users by default.

For more information about Group Policy settings, see the Group Policy Settings Reference for Windows Server 2003.

For more information about these WMI classes, see the WMI SDK documentation on MSDN.

Related Information

The following resources contain additional information that is relevant to this section.

  • Group Policy Settings Reference for Windows Server 2003.

  • MSDN.

  • For GPMC download information, see the Group Policy Management Console link on the Web Resources page.

  • Tools and Settings Collection

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