Yeah it's one of those sort of threads again. =/
I'm sitting here with a copy of Windows NT 4.00 Server +SP1 in vmware and wondering what I can do to make this disc up to date(as far as the retirement date is concerned). I am going this route due to several annoying reasons:
Slipstreaming isn't supported on the NT 4.00 platform.
Hardware detection is horrible. Upgrading some files to the latest version stops these problems.
I cannot rely on the $OEM$ method because I just get a bluescreen.
The existence of WINNT.SIF will cause a bluescreen.
Instead of automating the impossible task of running SP6 after installation or configuration changes, I would rather just have all the files on the install disc already upgraded and neatly packed for fast installs and quick configuration changes.
Now I realize there are several issues with what I want to do:
I have to overwrite SP1 files with SP6 files.
I have to unpack SP1 files for checking, look for a SP6 mirror and repack it.
The files that have no mirror will have to be added manually(DOSNET/TXTSETUP? Both?)
There are registry hives that need editing but I cannot find them in complete form.
I have to slip some registry information into the installation to make sure SP6 is registered correctly.
Am I walking in the footsteps of any failures or has anyone ever done this successfully? This task is one of those things that make me wonder "can do it and should I?"
Does anyone have any suggestions or know of any tools that can help me? I looked at Bart's method but it only involved making a WINNT disc bootable. I've looked everywhere for help on this and they all point to Bart's method. Did I miss something?