Regarding your question 2a & b
: My mistake, I was reading too fast and missed "...Files
...." in your question. To answer, the OEMFilesPath
entry is to direct the setup routine to read the location of the $OEM$ folder to a location "other" than the "default" location. The only reason that I can think of wherein one would want/need to do this, ostensibly, would be to inslulate each of the file sets from wholesale revisions/changes ~say to make sure that if someone replaced the entire set of Windows installation files they did not accidently remove the OEM files. In such a case, one may have a set of custom (or OEM) files that resides separately from the Windows installation files. Otherwise, I do not see any compelling reason for using this particular option. I would suspect that this option has some usefullness for "large" system suppliers.
As far as the syntax, please take a look at the "ref.chm
" help file that is in the SUPPORT\TOOLS\DEPLOY.CAB
on your XP Pro CD. You will find the answers to most of your questions - and more - in that help file.
Regarding your question 1
: I cannot recall from memory any particular (official) M$ documents/KBs that I have seen this enumerated in. I believe that one can say, without any caveats, that if the $OEM$ folder is placed within the I386 folder, it will never
be read during a CD based - unless
you provide the path to that folder using the OEMFilesPath
discussed in my answer above. I would note that there is a somewhat "cloudy" explanation (more like an unaddressed topic) as to the differences between CD based and hard drive based installs. For instance, the only "answer file" that can be used for CD based installs is WINNT.SIF and it must
be placed inside the I386 folder. The UNATTENDED.TXT answer file is identified for use in WINNT32 initiated installs (generally, hard drive based installs). However, one can explicitly direct WINNT32 to use an alternate answer file and specify an explicit path to that file - see the command line switches for it.
Personally, and for simplicity, I use WINNT.SIF as the "name" of my answer file for WINNT32 initiated installs. Thus, I can (nominally speaking) use the "same" file and the "same" location for either CD or hard drive based installs (this is purely for my convenience). Note that there are some differences between the options that are available to the two answer files. M$ has unfortunately left some confusion where there need not have been.
Regarding your question 3b
: I know of no syntax checker per se. However, the "setupmgr.exe" applet (again, inside the SUPPORT\TOOLS\DEPLOY.CAB
on your XP Pro CD) will guide you through the assembly of WINNT.SIF and UNATTENDED.TXT answer files. This does not answer your question regarding using comments but, I cannot recall any M$ document that clearly (
) addresses that question.