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Unattend entries - Citrix XenServer

The Unattend Entries tab lets you modify the contents of the unattend.xml file, which is a file used in unattended installations of Citrix XenServer.

For procedural descriptions, see the following sections:

When you define settings for a Citrix XenServer system package, your input is automatically converted into entries in the Unattend Entries file (unattend.xml). This file is used in unattended installations to provide answers to the prompts that would be provided interactively in a live installation.

You can modify the unattend.xml file in two ways:

  • Add to or replace automatically converted entries in the unattend.xml file. For example, you might add an operating system component not covered by the system package tabs or you might replace the entries for the out-of-the-box display component.
    If you use the system package tabs to modify the system package, these additions and replacements are always added to the automatically converted entries of the unattend.xml file. In addition, you can edit and delete these additional entries.
  • Create a custom unattend.xml file by editing it in the Customize Unattend Entries text box. The System Package tool always uses this file exactly as shown in the Customized Unattend Entries text box, instead of generating the file from the System Package fields at deploy time.


    • The Additional Unattend Entries XML editor is an XML editor only and is not intelligent about the BMC Server Automationprovisioning process or components required in Citrix XenServer installations.
    • If you create a custom unattend.xml file, then when you create a Provision Job using the system package, the wizard displays the Customized Unattend Entries panel. You can use the panel to edit the custom unattend.xml file for the particular Provision Job.

To add or replace entries

  1. In the Additional Unattend Entries area, click .
  2. In the Generated Unattend area, expand the nodes and select the component to change. The component appears in the Selected XML Component area.
  3. In the Add/Replace XML Component area, do one of the following:
    • Type the entry to add or replace using XML conventions.
      For special characters such as &, <, >, ', or ", use escape form, that is:

      &amp; &lt; &gt; &apos; &quote
    • Click Select Property  to select a property reference to a script.
  4. Click Add to selected node or Replace selected node.
    The Add operation is not available for a leaf node.
    You can change only the values for an existing or already-added component. Note that you can add a component as the direct child of the node selected in the Generated Unattend Area only.
  5. Click OK.
    On the Unattend Entries tab, the added or replaced entry appears in both the Customized Unattend Entries text box and in the Additional Unattend Entries list.

To edit an entry from the Additional Unattend Entries list

  1. Select the entry in the Additional Unattend Entries list and click Edit .
  2. In the Add/Replace XML Component area, edit the entry by either typing in the change or by clicking Select Property and selecting a property reference.

To create a custom version of unattend.xml

  1. In the Customized Unattend Entries area, select Customize the Unattend Entries file. A message appears, saying that if you choose to customize the file, it is not generated from the system package fields at deploy time. The message asks if you want to customize the file.
  2. Click Yes on the message.
  3. Modify the unattend.xml file displayed in the Customized Unattend Entries text box.

Proceed to the Post-install configuration - Citrix XenServer tab.

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