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How to disable network bindings using the [Netbindings] section

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Windows 2000 unattended Setup has a new section in the answer file that allows you to disable network bindings on the network card during an unattended Setup. However, after using this section in the unattended Setup file, the bindings appear to be unaffected and still enabled.

This is due to incorrect parameters specified in the [Netbindings] section. The Unattend.doc has incorrect information on the format of the [Netbindings] entries. There should not be any commas (,) between the entries, and not all bindings paths follow the example listed in the Unattend.doc.

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To disable bindings, use the format shown in the examples below. Note that even though the examples state that the required format is:
Network serviceNetwork protocolsNetwork adapter
It is not required for all protocols. In the examples listed below, the correct binding path will be displayed to disable bindings for the following protocols bound to MS_MSClient and MS_Server:
Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol (TCP/IP)
Internetwork Packet Exchange/Sequenced Packet Exchange (IPX/SPX)
Client for Microsoft Network

Disabling TCP/IP bindings

To disable TCPIP on a specific adapter, use the following binding path:
  Disable = "MS_Server MS_NetBt MS_TCPIP AdapterX"
  Disable = "MS_MSClient MS_NetBt MS_TCPIP AdapterX"
Where X is the number of the adapter that you specified using the [NetAdapters] section of the answer file.

Disabling NetBeui bindings

To disable NetBeui on a specific adapter, use the following binding path:
  Disable = "MS_Server MS_NetBeui AdapterX"
  Disable = "MS_MSClient MS_NetBeui AdapterX"

Disabling IPX/SPX bindings

To disable IPX/SPX on all adapters, use the following binding path:
  Disable = "MS_Server MS_Nwnb"
  Disable = "MS_Server MS_Nwipx"
  Disable = "MS_Msclient MS_Nwnb"
  Disable = "MS_Msclient MS_Nwipx"

Disabling NWLink NetBIOS bindings

To disable NWLink NetBIOS on all adapters, use the following binding path:
  Disable = "ms_msclient ms_nwnb"
  Disable = "ms_nwnb ms_nwipx"
  Disable = "ms_server ms_nwnb"
Note An adapter-specific entry cannot be provided for IPX/SPX and will prevent it from working if it is provided.

Disabling client for Microsoft Networks bindings

  Disable = "ms_msclient ms_netbt ms_tcpip AdapterX"
  Disable = "ms_msclient ms_netbeui AdapterX"
  Disable = "ms_msclient ms_nwnb"

Technical support for x64-based versions of Microsoft Windows

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Article Info
Article ID : 263241
Revision : 10
Created on : 10/11/2007
Published on : 10/11/2007
Exists online : False
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