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Windows Server 2003 in a Nutshell by Mitch Tulloch

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Installation—Tasks

Install from Product CD

To install or upgrade directly using the WS2003 product CD, first start the Setup program by one of these methods:

  • Boot the system directly from the product CD if your CD-ROM drive supports this method.

  • Start Run D:\Setup.exe to start Setup where D: is your CD-ROM drive.

  • Type D:\I386\Winnt.exe at the command prompt to install or upgrade systems running MS-DOS or 16-bit Windows.

  • Type D:\I386\Winnt32 .exe at the command prompt to install or upgrade systems running 32-bit Windows.

The advantage of the last two methods is that there are a number of command-line switches that can be used to customize Setup in various ways, as shown in Tables 4-26 and 4-27.

Table 4-26. Switches for winnt.exe

Switch

Description

/a

Enables accessibility options.

/e:command

Specifies a command to be executed when Setup finishes its GUI portion.

/r:folder

Specifies an optional folder that will be installed.

/rx:folder

Specifies an optional folder to be copied.

/s:sourcepath

Specifies where the WS2003 source files are located. Here sourcepath can be either a mapped drive path (e.g., drive:\path) or a UNC path (e.g., \\server\share\ path). By default, the current directory is used.

/t:tempdrive

Specifies the drive to which the temporary installation files will be copied and where WS2003 will be installed. By default, the partition with the most space is used.

/u:answerfile

Used for unattended installation using an answer file. (See Unattended ...

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