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Re: Unattended Install: any way to change the location of setup logs?

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Old 07-17-2009
Zaphod Beeblebrox
 

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Re: Unattended Install: any way to change the location of setup logs?

"WB" <WB@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:6B2F0055-6AE4-41B4-8774-74E735A0B74B@microsoft.com...
> Is there a command-line option to change the paths for the Vista
> setup logs
> (setupact.log and setuperr.log)?
>


I'm not aware of any way to change them, what is it you are trying to
achieve?

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Old 07-17-2009
WB
 

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Re: Unattended Install: any way to change the location of setup lo
Our process requires formatting the installation drive during WinPE, prior to
running Vista setup /unattend. Therefore the setup logs get deleted. We have
a secondary partition (D that does not get formatted, which is where all of
our other log files are kept. I'd like to save the Vista setup logs to D:\.
--
Bill Baker


"Zaphod Beeblebrox" wrote:

>
> "WB" <WB@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
> news:6B2F0055-6AE4-41B4-8774-74E735A0B74B@microsoft.com...
> > Is there a command-line option to change the paths for the Vista
> > setup logs
> > (setupact.log and setuperr.log)?
> >

>
> I'm not aware of any way to change them, what is it you are trying to
> achieve?
>
> --
> Zaphod
>
> Arthur Dent, speaking to Trillian about Zaphod:
> "So, two heads is what does it for a girl?"
> "...Anything else he's got two of?"
>
>
>

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Old 07-20-2009
Zaphod Beeblebrox
 

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Re: Unattended Install: any way to change the location of setup lo

"WB" <WB@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:4370928E-DBFD-4438-8A86-7305B57CE508@microsoft.com...
>
> "Zaphod Beeblebrox" wrote:
>>
>> "WB" <WB@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
>> news:7EDB9FB5-B5EA-45C0-B9D1-884AD807AA8A@microsoft.com...
>> >
>> > "Zaphod Beeblebrox" wrote:
>> >>
>> >> "WB" <WB@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
>> >> news:6B2F0055-6AE4-41B4-8774-74E735A0B74B@microsoft.com...
>> >> > Is there a command-line option to change the paths for the
>> >> > Vista
>> >> > setup logs
>> >> > (setupact.log and setuperr.log)?
>> >> >
>> >>
>> >> I'm not aware of any way to change them, what is it you are
>> >> trying
>> >> to
>> >> achieve?
>> >>
>> >>
>> > Our process requires formatting the installation drive during
>> > WinPE,
>> > prior to
>> > running Vista setup /unattend. Therefore the setup logs get
>> > deleted.
>> > We have
>> > a secondary partition (D that does not get formatted, which is
>> > where all of
>> > our other log files are kept. I'd like to save the Vista setup
>> > logs
>> > to D:\.
>> >
>> >

>> I think I'm missing something - if the drive is formatted _before_
>> the
>> unattended installation, the logs created _by_ the unattended
>> installation will be there in their normal location when you go
>> looking for them, right?
>>

>
> Correct. We format drive C, Vista gets installed to drive C where
> the logs
> are created. If anything goes wrong, our process eventually starts
> unattended
> installation all over again, whiping out the logs on drive C.
>
> Bottom line is we need to log to a different drive, but it doesn't
> sound
> like it's possible (for some stupid Microsoft reason).
>
> Please don't think I'm taking out my frustrations on you. I
> appreciate your
> help.


I see what I was missing - I didn't know that your process
automatically restarted the unattended installation so that the logs
get wiped. It is all clear to me now... :-)

I wonder if there is a way during the WinPE phase to copy / append any
existing logs to a different drive? I've not messed around much with
that part of the process so I'm not sure how it might be done, but
could be worth exploring. You might check with the posters in the
Windows Vista Deployment and Imaging forum
(http://social.technet.microsoft.com/...stadeployment/)
if you haven't already - I don't follow that forum, but when I've gone
there looking for a solution they seemed to be pretty sharp.

No worries - it's pretty clear where your frustration is being
directed!
--
Zaphod

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years in a row.


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Old 07-20-2009
WB
 

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Re: Unattended Install: any way to change the location of setup lo
Thanks again, I'll check out the other forum.
--
Bill Baker


"Zaphod Beeblebrox" wrote:

>
> "WB" <WB@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
> news:4370928E-DBFD-4438-8A86-7305B57CE508@microsoft.com...
> >
> > "Zaphod Beeblebrox" wrote:
> >>
> >> "WB" <WB@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
> >> news:7EDB9FB5-B5EA-45C0-B9D1-884AD807AA8A@microsoft.com...
> >> >
> >> > "Zaphod Beeblebrox" wrote:
> >> >>
> >> >> "WB" <WB@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
> >> >> news:6B2F0055-6AE4-41B4-8774-74E735A0B74B@microsoft.com...
> >> >> > Is there a command-line option to change the paths for the
> >> >> > Vista
> >> >> > setup logs
> >> >> > (setupact.log and setuperr.log)?
> >> >> >
> >> >>
> >> >> I'm not aware of any way to change them, what is it you are
> >> >> trying
> >> >> to
> >> >> achieve?
> >> >>
> >> >>
> >> > Our process requires formatting the installation drive during
> >> > WinPE,
> >> > prior to
> >> > running Vista setup /unattend. Therefore the setup logs get
> >> > deleted.
> >> > We have
> >> > a secondary partition (D that does not get formatted, which is
> >> > where all of
> >> > our other log files are kept. I'd like to save the Vista setup
> >> > logs
> >> > to D:\.
> >> >
> >> >
> >> I think I'm missing something - if the drive is formatted _before_
> >> the
> >> unattended installation, the logs created _by_ the unattended
> >> installation will be there in their normal location when you go
> >> looking for them, right?
> >>

> >
> > Correct. We format drive C, Vista gets installed to drive C where
> > the logs
> > are created. If anything goes wrong, our process eventually starts
> > unattended
> > installation all over again, whiping out the logs on drive C.
> >
> > Bottom line is we need to log to a different drive, but it doesn't
> > sound
> > like it's possible (for some stupid Microsoft reason).
> >
> > Please don't think I'm taking out my frustrations on you. I
> > appreciate your
> > help.

>
> I see what I was missing - I didn't know that your process
> automatically restarted the unattended installation so that the logs
> get wiped. It is all clear to me now... :-)
>
> I wonder if there is a way during the WinPE phase to copy / append any
> existing logs to a different drive? I've not messed around much with
> that part of the process so I'm not sure how it might be done, but
> could be worth exploring. You might check with the posters in the
> Windows Vista Deployment and Imaging forum
> (http://social.technet.microsoft.com/...stadeployment/)
> if you haven't already - I don't follow that forum, but when I've gone
> there looking for a solution they seemed to be pretty sharp.
>
> No worries - it's pretty clear where your frustration is being
> directed!
> --
> Zaphod
>
> Voted "Worst Dressed Sentient Being in the Known Universe" for seven
> years in a row.
>
>
>

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