Using RIS with RIPREP to install XP SP2 with Office


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Guest

I am trying to start using RIS for deploying XP machines. I have created a
flat XP image with SP2 slipstreamed into it using RISETUP. I can install the
flat image fine and everything appears to work.

After I install office and do some customization to the PC I riprep it. The
riprep process completes succesfully. I reboot the PC and try to put the
image back onto the same machine, the setup works perfectly most of the way
through. I get to a certain point and the setup starts asking me for files.

The first file it asks for is C_20127.nls and then it goes on to ask for a
number of font files. The process seems to be straight forward but I can't
for the life of me figure out why it is asking for these files.

I have RIS installed on Windows Server 2003 if that makes any difference to
the answers.

Thanks in advance for any help.

ZebC
 
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NIC Student

Hi Zebc,

I suggest adding Office with Group Policy rather than include it in your RIS
images. You get more control, self-healing, easily patchable, removable and
upgradeable.

The missing file may have something to do with this Compaq/HP issue.
Perhaps you need to install this patch before RIPREPing the master machine.:

Cannot Start Windows XP After Installing Service Pack 1 and Then Performing
a System Recovery Operation
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;Q329450

I also found a blurb on this issue when running sysprep. Here is a snip of
the thread:

<snip> Yes, I have a workaround for this problem. I think the problem is
caused by MSagent (a MS COM component) not a driver. To alleviate any fears,
the so called missing files are actually on the system and not missing at
all but it sure is a pain. So to get around this in the c:\Sysprep folder
you should have a subfolder i386. Locate all the .fon files in the Winnt
Fonts folder the local computer and copy them to c:\Sysprep\i386. Then
located the agt*.hlp files in c:\winnt\help and copy those files to the i386
folder. You also need to copy the c_20127.nls from the harddrive. Locate all
..dll files in the c:\winnt\system32\dllcache named agt*.dll, and vga* copy
those too. Once you have put all the missing files into this folder you can
run sysprep. What a mess! <snip>

--
Scott Baldridge
Windows Server MVP, MCSE


"ZebC"
 
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zfetsh

ZebC said:
I am trying to start using RIS for deploying XP machines. I hav
created a
flat XP image with SP2 slipstreamed into it using RISETUP.
I too have had problems doing this, and have experienced th
following:

An integration of XP SP2 into a CD image works fine
The XP SP2 image can be uploaded to our RIS server with no errors
Any client can download the source XP SP2 image
Any client can upload a new XP SP2 image
BUT, only the computer used to create the modified XP SP2 image ca
successfully download it - all other computers seem to be waiting fo
something

When you reboot the failed computers, they all seem to be waiting fo
the same file (c_20127.nls) - apon browsing for the source file,
found I could not connect to the RIS server and that in fact I coul
not browse the network ... bizarre.

I have set up a test bench of 4 computers at this is consistent ever
time I try ... I'd be keen to hear from anyone else who has experience
this proble


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zfets
 
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NIC Student

Hi Zfetsh,

Did you see and try the suggestion I made to the the original poster? I'll
copy it below:

Are your test machines all the same brand/model? Which are they?

Have you deleted the "broken" RIS images and created new ones to test this?

****copied from previous post***

The missing file may have something to do with this Compaq/HP issue.
Perhaps you need to install this patch before RIPREPing the master machine.:

Cannot Start Windows XP After Installing Service Pack 1 and Then Performing
a System Recovery Operation
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;Q329450

I also found a blurb on this issue when running sysprep. Here is a snip of
the thread:

<snip> Yes, I have a workaround for this problem. I think the problem is
caused by MSagent (a MS COM component) not a driver. To alleviate any fears,
the so called missing files are actually on the system and not missing at
all but it sure is a pain. So to get around this in the c:\Sysprep folder
you should have a subfolder i386. Locate all the .fon files in the Winnt
Fonts folder the local computer and copy them to c:\Sysprep\i386. Then
located the agt*.hlp files in c:\winnt\help and copy those files to the i386
folder. You also need to copy the c_20127.nls from the harddrive. Locate all
..dll files in the c:\winnt\system32\dllcache named agt*.dll, and vga* copy
those too. Once you have put all the missing files into this folder you can
run sysprep. What a mess! <snip>
*****

--
Scott Baldridge
Windows Server MVP, MCSE


"zfetsh"
 

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