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 Unattend.xml - The process when using the Sysprep and Capture only Task Sequence in MDT 2010 Minimize
Location: BlogsJohan Arwidmark    
Posted by: johan 1/24/2010

This is the process when executing a Sysprep and Capture Task Sequence in MDT 2010 (capturing a Windows 7 OS).

  1. The Unattend.xml file belonging to the Sysprep and Capture Task Sequence is copied from the Deployment Share to C:\MININT.
  2. The C:\MININT\Unattend.xml is updated with  the rules/settings in MDT by the Configure action in the Task Sequence.
  3. The Updated C:\MININT\Unattend.xml file is copied to C:\Windows\System32\Sysprep
  4. Sysprep is executed with the /quiet /generalize /oobe /quit switches. 
  5. Sysprep starts searching for unattend.xml files and will find the C:\Windows\System32\Sysprep\Unattend.xml file and use settings from the pass Generalize in it.

    Note: If there are other Unattend.xml files on the drive, sysprep might end up using another answer file than the one in C:\Windows\System32\Sysprep. For example if there is an existing Unattend.xml file in C:\Windows\Panther, this location will have higher precedence than C:\Windows\System32\Sysprep. Info on the Implicit answer file search order can be found here... If you think that the "wrong" answer file was used, you can review C:\Windows\System32\Sysprep\Panther\SetupAct.log and verify.


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