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Performing an Unattended Installation of Active Directory

Updated: June 8, 2005

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

Running an unattended install simplifies the process of setting up Active Directory on multiple computers. The unattended install feature uses an “answer file” to provide answers to the questions that are asked during a normal setup. This way, the installation process can proceed from start to completion without user intervention. This method works best when Active Directory is installed with identical options on many computers. This method is required if you want to include application directory partitions in Active Directory installations from restored backup media.

Task requirements

The following tool is required to complete this task:

  • Dcpromo.exe

The following files are required to complete this task:

  • Ref.chm (in the Support\Tools folder on the Windows Server 2003 operating system CD)

  • Unattend.txt

  • Domain controller answer file

To complete this task, perform the following procedures:

  1. Create an answer file for domain controller installation

  2. Install Active Directory using an answer file

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