Applies To: Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2003 with SP1, Windows Server 2003 with SP2


Manages a server running Remote Installation Services (RIS). Adds new installation images or verifies a server to ensure that it is running properly.


risetup [-add] [-check] [/auto FileName.inf]

Parameter Explanation


Adds a new installation image to the Remote Installation Services (RIS) server.


Verifies that the server is functioning properly. Also, runs only the server portion of Risetup, which resolves most problems related to a RIS server that is not running properly.


Displays help at the command prompt.

/auto FileName.inf

Configures the server in an unattended manner as defined by FileName.inf. The path to the folder location of the .inf file must be under 255 characters.

The following table lists the lines of an example .inf file and explains each line:

Lines in the example .inf file Requirement and explanation
[Version]Signature = "$Windows NT$"

Required. Heading and version line.


Required. Heading.

RootDir = "f:\RemoteInstall"

Required. Drive and folder that contain the Remote Installation files and folders. You must include this line every time RISetup is run. If RIS is already installed, the path must remain unchanged from the current path for the RIS installation. The maximum number of bytes is 127.

Source ="e:\"

Required. Path to the source CD or shared folder from which to create an installation image. The maximum number of bytes allowed for this line is 260. For information about the supported operating systems for this type of image (a flat image), see Related Topics.

Directory = "Windows_XP_Pro"

Required. Directory in which to place the new installation image. The maximum number of bytes is 39.

Description = "Windows XP"

Required. Short description of the installation image. The maximum number of bytes is 65.

HelpText = "For English-speaking users."

Required. Long description of the installation image. The maximum number of bytes is 260.

Screens = "overwrite"

Required. Action to perform on existing .osc files, which contain text that displays in screens seen by users of the Client Installation Wizard. Specify only one of the following choices:




Architecture = "x86"

Required. Can be one of:

  • x86 for an image that will be installed on x86 computers

  • ia64 for an image that will be installed on Itanium-based computers.

  • amd64 for an image that will be installed on x64-based computers.

Language = "English"

Required. Language of the image.


To reauthorize the RIS server in Active Directory, type:


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Format Meaning


Information that the user must supply


Elements that the user must type exactly as shown

Ellipsis (...)

Parameter that can be repeated several times in a command line

Between brackets ([])

Optional items

Between braces ({}); choices separated by pipe (|). Example: {even|odd}

Set of choices from which the user must choose only one

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Code or program output

See Also


Command-line reference A-Z
Running the Remote Installation Services Setup Wizard
Install Remote Installation Services
Operating systems supported by Remote Installation Services