answer file

Definition of answer file in The Network Encyclopedia.

What is an Answer File?

A text file that can be used to perform an unattended installation of Microsoft Windows NT and Windows 2000.

How Answer File Works

In the answer file, you specify in advance the answers to the user prompts that occur during a normal installation.

This can include specifications such as what keyboard layout to use, whether the computer should join a domain or belong to a workgroup, what network protocols should be installed, and so on.

The answer file is invoked using the /u switch when running the winnt or winnt32 setup utility. Answer files can be customized for individual machines by using Uniqueness Database Files (UDFs). The UDFs can be used to specify computer-specific parameters such as the computer name.

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In the answer file, you specify in advance the answers to the user prompts that occur during a normal installation. This can include specifications such as what keyboard layout to use, whether the computer should join a domain or belong to a workgroup, what network protocols should be installed, and so on. The answer file is invoked using the /u switch when running the winnt or winnt32 setup utility. Answer files can be customized for individual machines by using Uniqueness Database Files (UDFs). The UDFs can be used to specify computer-specific parameters such as the computer name.

Text Answer File allows automated installation of Microsoft windows NT or windows 2000.