AutoSPInstaller: Prepare for Unattended Installation

This post is part of a series covering how to configure and run AutoSPInstaller, a set of scripts that can be used to automatically install SharePoint. In this post, we will look at how to prepare our servers for unattended installation.

Update: This post has been running for years and the AutoSPInstaller team now has an official site with guides, Q&A and an automated, browser-based AutoSPInstaller GUI . You can find it at http://autospinstaller.com.

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Prepare for unattended installation

Personally, I like drinking coffee better than staring at a monitor. Therefore, I want the installation to bother me as little as possible, i.e. not at all. I don’t want meaningless confirm clicks or silly errors.

1. Turn off the nag by typing “Run…”, “msconfig”, “Tools” and launch “Change UAC Settings”.

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2. Turn off warning on file open by typing “Run…” “gpedit.msc”, “User Configuration”, “Administrative Templates”, “Windows Components”, “Attachment Manager”, “Inclusing list for low file types” and add “.exe;” to the list.

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For more info, see http://www.windowsreference.com/windows-7/how-to-disable-open-file-security-warning-in-windows-7/

In the AutoSPInstallerInput.xml script, which can be found under C:\SP\AutoSPInstaller, set the AutoAdminLogon element parameter Enabled to True and enter your password. This will automatically logon the install account and resume the installation should the installation process require a reboot.

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