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Create a Remote Installation Preparation Wizard image

Updated: January 21, 2005

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

To create a Remote Installation Preparation Wizard image

  1. Install the operating system on the client computer that you will use to create the installation image. You can install it using either Remote Installation Services (RIS) or the product CD. For more information, see Related Topics.

  2. Install any additional applications and modify the local configuration settings of the source client computer.


    • Before starting the RIPrep utility, be sure to remove all confidential information from the source client computer.

  3. Click Start, and then click Run.

  4. Type the Universal Naming Convention (UNC) path of the RIPrep utility, and then click OK.



  5. Read the information provided in the Remote Installation Preparation Wizard Welcome screen, and then click Next.

  6. Type the server name to which this image will be copied, and then click Next. By default this is the current RIS server from which you are running the wizard.

  7. Type the name of the folder on the RIS server to which this installation image will be copied, and then click Next.

  8. Type the friendly description and the Help text, and then click Next. This information is displayed by the Client Installation Wizard when RIS clients request network services.

  9. After you type the friendly description and the Help text, a screen might appear showing that multiple user profiles were detected, or that services are running that RIPrep determines should be stopped, but which it cannot stop. The screen lists the services that are running and should be stopped.

    If this screen appears, do one of the following:

    • It is recommended that you stop all programs or services on the source computer before proceeding. Review the list of programs or services that are currently running on the source computer, close any running applications, and then click Next.

    • If you choose not to stop the programs, skip the screen; to do so, click Next.

  10. Review the settings summary, and then click Next.

  11. Review the information from Completing the Remote Installation Preparation Wizard, and then, to replicate the source computer installation image onto the RIS server, click Next.


  • A 64-bit version of the Remote Installation Preparation (RIPrep) Wizard is included with the 64-bit version of Windows Server 2003, Enterprise Edition. For more information about using the RIPrep Wizard to create an installation image of a 64-bit operating system, see article 891128, "Updated Remote Installation Service (RIS) functionality in Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1," in the Microsoft Knowledge Base.

  • You cannot use RIPrep to create an image of a Windows 2000 operating system if Internet Information Services (IIS) is installed.


  • To perform this procedure, you must be a member of the Administrators group on the computer where you create the configuration that RIPrep copies, or you must have been delegated the appropriate authority. Members of the Domain Admins group might also be able to perform this procedure. You must also have permission to write to the RIS folders on the RIS server (the default name for the folder that contains all the RIS folders is RemoteInstall). One way of ensuring that you have permission to write to the RIS folders on the RIS server is to be explicitly assigned the permission. Another way is to have membership in the local Administrators group on the RIS server. For more information, see Default local groups and Default groups.

  • This topic does not apply to Windows Server 2003, Web Edition.

  • The source computer shuts down when the image replication process is complete.

  • The abbreviated Setup program runs automatically when you restart the source computer. Complete the setup process if you want to use this client computer to create another installation image.

Information about functional differences

  • Your server might function differently based on the version and edition of the operating system that is installed, your account permissions, and your menu settings. For more information, see Viewing Help on the Web.

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