Introducing the Microsoft SBS 2011 Essentials Answer File Tool!!
January 16, 2012 12 Comments
I have never been able to understand coding. It has always been a bit of a mystery, or black art to me, left for the likes of Slytherin house to enter their Parseltounge into Visual Studio or your developer tool of choice.
I mean, it literally makes no sense at all does it.
Maybe i have just been looking at it upside down..
Anyway, i have always wanted to understand it, or at least give it a go, but never had a project that i could get into.
Enter the Microsoft migration documentation for SBS 2011 Essentials. Specifically the section on page 18 where you have to write an answer file for the install of Essentials, which they tell you to cut and paste from the document.
Whether this was me just being a grump or not, i don’t know, but i really didn’t like that. Cut and paste? i thought, why don’t they just write a small app for that. Possibly because Apple now hold the trademark for anyone uttering, or thinking ‘an app for that’ who knows.
You can probably see where i am going with this now, however for the slower among you, Yes, i did write an App for that.
With the help of a Developer i work with regularly we sat down and went through some basic coding steps. The result is available for download from here as Beta software.
It should basically allow you to create answer files without the need to edit in Notepad, with the only exception of Language and regional settings, that i can never get to work even with a manual answer file.
If you find any bugs or anything like that, please add them to the comments below.
Disclaimer: This is beta software! Results may vary.
More information on Installing SBS 2011 Essentials using an Answer File can be found here.