Log onto the Windows RIS server using the administrator account or an account with administrator privileges.
Use the risetup.exe utility to copy the Windows distribution from a CD or Network Share to the RIS server.
On the RIS server, use the RiSetup.exe utility with -add option.
Make sure you select the option “Keep the old existing OSC files” in the risetup wizard while creating RIS images.
When you copy a Windows distribution to the RIS server, the appropriate Windows drivers are copied automatically. To add other drivers into the distribution, copy the drivers into the scripts directory on the RIS server.
Do not use MSDN Combo CDs to create a RIS Image. You will get an error message that was described in the Microsoft Knowledge Base Article #300556. To resolve this issue, use a retail version of the OS image being created.
To create a RIS image of a Windows distribution integrated with service packs, follow the procedures described in the following articles:
How to obtain the latest Windows 2000 service pack is explained in Microsoft Knowledge Base Article #260910
Choose “Network installation” option for Windows Service Pack Express/Network Installation for downloading a service pack to create a RIS image. Windows 2000 Service pack 3 download process is explained in http://www.microsoft.com/Windows2000/downloads/servicepacks/sp3/download.aspx. Similar download pages can be found in Microsoft documentation for other OS version service packs as well.
How to create a RIS image with the service pack bundled is explained in Service Pack 3 Installation and Deployment Guide for Windows 2000 Server edition. Similar guides can be found in Microsoft documentation for other OS version service packs as well.
(Optional) To provision non-English versions of the Windows OS, you need to do some additional configuration when you set up the image on the RIS server.
Basically, the RIS server assumes that you have files in an English path. To resolve this issue, copy the other language's files to the English path.
Go to the directory in which the OS Chooser files live.
% cd RemoteInstall\OSChooser
Copy the files from the language directory to an English directory.
% copy -r Japanese English
This creates a directory RemoteInstall\OSChooser\English that contains the install screens in the native language. When the RIS software looks into the default English path, it will display the non-English OS Chooser screens during install.