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including install.bat with initrd
2017-06-21, 10:12
Post: #1
including install.bat with initrd

I am trying to install WIN12kR2 OS with iPXE scripted install, I want to start the OS install automatically with install.bat and winpeshl.ini files. Those files are loaded successfully. But it halts at winpeinit screen. Below is my menu.ipxe content. But when I include those two files (install.bat and winpeshl.ini) in boot.wim instead of sourcing via initrd option it works perfectly.

echo Installing Win2012 R2 ${arch} Server
set base-url ${http-url}/win/winpe/${arch}/media
kernel ${boot-url}win12/wimboot
initrd ${http-url}/install.bat install.bat
initrd ${http-url}/winpeshl.ini winpeshl.ini
initrd ${base-url}/sources/boot.wim boot.wim
initrd ${base-url}/bootmgr bootmgr
initrd ${base-url}/Boot/BCD BCD
initrd ${base-url}/Boot/boot.sdi boot.sdi
initrd ${base-url}/Boot/Fonts/wgl4_boot.ttf wgl4_boot.ttf
echo Booting
boot || goto failed

---- install.bat contents -----
net use \\\share\installers /user:root pass123
\\\share\installers\WIN12KR2\setup.exe /unattend:\\\share\unattend.xml

---- winpeshl.init contents -----
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2017-06-22, 17:54
Post: #2
RE: including install.bat with initrd
Commit in wimboot that introduced that load files from initrd into wim:

The example shows winpeshl.ini which is located in %SYSTEMROOT%\System32
files injected into the wim by wimboot will only be in /windows/system32 as such you will have to make sure that your winpeshl.ini refers to that same place...

example winpeshl.ini:
AppPath = %SYSTEMROOT%\System32\install.bat"

and for your install.bat (you should probably rename it startnet.cmd to conform to winPE standard) I would strongly suggest some updates:
:: wpeinit loads the shell
:: Make sure network is up before continuing
wpeutil WaitForNetwork
:: also make sure we have dns
net start dnscache
REM possible loop here until network is confirmed up

earlier post of mine on similar topic:

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2017-06-23, 07:00
Post: #3
RE: including install.bat with initrd
Thanks, It worked fine with latest wimboot files from git
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