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Windows Small Business Server 2008 supports installation using an answer file. The answer file provides the following functionality:
In addition, the answer file is the only way to to run the windows SBS 2008 installation in join domain/migration mode, there is no other way to trigger the SBS 2008 setup to act in that mode. Additionally, if you do not want to use the default of .local as your TLD, you must use an answer file to specify an alternative TLD.
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Nice to have an answer file but when will the native Backup solution be fixed. As it is now, I won't let client upgrade until this is resolved. E.g., backup directed to UNC, file level backups, etc.
Come on guys, this is computer 101!
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I am having problems with the answer file. I created it using the tool, put it on a USB drive that the server can see. It doesn't read the file.
Copied the file to the root of the C drive. It doesn't read the file.
What could be wrong?
I wonder if there is a way to find out if the Wizard has been run on the box and SBS is installed. Maybe some registry entry?
As Bob commented on above I also cannot get the migration install to recognize the answer file.
I have tried using 3 different USB thumb drives in each of the avaialble USB ports. I created the Answer File on 2 different machines. Made sure it is named correctly and saved in the root of the USB drive. But the install doen't recognize that it is there. I'm supposed to be prompeted with a Migration Screen to OK though...but instead it goes straight to INSTALLING which indicates it is a new install and it didn't see the Answer File.
The machine is seeing the USB drive just fine because it will allow me to Load Additional Drivers from it for the install.
Any ideas on how to get this going?
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