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|Sun Installation Assistant 2.3 through 2.4 User's Guide for x64 Servers Sun Fire X4640 Server Documentation Library|
Starting with SIA software version 2.1.0, support for a PXE-based SIA unattended installation of Window Server 2003 was added. Starting with SIA version 2.3, support for doing a PXE-based SIA unattended installation of Windows Server 2008 was added.
The SIA state file is a text file that directs the unattended installation of your Windows Server operating system and other SIA tasks to be performed (such as BIOS/SP firmware upgrade). Consider these requirements when creating an SIA state file:
When SIA boots from PXE, the state file must identify location of the OS media to be installed and the transfer protocol method (FTP, NFS, or HTTP).
The state file must not contain extraneous spaces or punctuation of any kind.
Each variable with its value must be on a separate line in the state file without line breaks.
The lines specified in the SIA state file must correspond to the steps you would see if you were interactively using the SIA program to perform tasks.
Sample SIA State File for Windows:
An SIA state file for an unattended Windows Server 2003 installation looks like the following sample, see Table 4 for an explanation of each variable. Variables required for a Windows Server 2008 installation are different.
[STATE_BEGIN noname apit] apit.unattended=true apit.networking=true apit.welcome.acceptlicense=true apit.networkconfig.needNetwork=true apit.networkconfig.useDHCP=true apit.networkconfig.needProxy=false apit.taskList.selectedTask=Operating System Installation apit.remoteUpdate=true apit.remoteupdateURL=http://sia-updates.sun.com/remoteUpdate apit.http_proxy=path_to_my_http_proxy apit.osid.installMedia=networkWindows apit.osid.installMethod=http, ftp or nfs apit.osid.url1=path_to_Windows_OS_CD1_iso_file apit.osid.url2=path_to_Windows_OS_CD2_iso_file apit.windows.key=XXXXX-XXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX apit.windows.computerName=computername apit.windows.orgName=organizationname apit.windows.userName=username apit.windows.adminPasswd=password apit.windows.acceptEula=Yes [STATE_DONE noname apit]
When done, proceed to How to Create the SIA Image and Prepare for PXE Boot.