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[GUIDE] Creating WIM images of Windows XP for system deployment using
Posted 10 August 2007 - 09:30 AM
Device name: MSCD001
No Drives Found Aborting Installation. Then it carries on with the rest of what I reported in my previous post.
Any chance I could get a working boot disk from some website to get me cracking or if someone can upload some boot CD to yousendit.com for me to pickup. My e-mail address is: firstname.lastname@example.org
Posted 10 August 2007 - 10:11 AM
It is unfair to bombard this thread with issues that are semi connected. I would start a new thread if you have a problem so the maxium people will see it.
USB keyboards have never been a problem with winpe 2.0
with the caldera dr-dos where is this in the guide? I think maybe your trying to load a 16bit app?
I don't know
On the uploading of boot cd's Your not allowed to distro winpe sources.
To be honest iceman is a brave man posting his guide as a you get a flood of mails on how do you do this etc and it puts people off posting guides. He has a job to do not be the support point for everything that is related to this guide.
This guide has everything you reguire.
A good start would be to RTFM winpe.chm
the speed of the switch will help but the data only gets sent once so that all clients respond so Multicast will help on whatever speed the hardware is it will just take a bit longer
Posted 10 August 2007 - 10:23 AM
Posted 10 August 2007 - 10:26 AM
I can't be selfish can I if I am trying to help you?
PS don't make this into a flaming session there is no need beleive me
What hardware you booting on?
Posted 10 August 2007 - 12:00 PM
@JoeBlog - where did caldera come from???
If you follow the guide the first thing you would see would be the normal "press any key to boot from cd/dvd...." prompt, then the progress bar will appear as it loads. You should not have anything from caldera if you followed the guide and are writing the created ISO to a CD and booting from the cd. The last thing you should end up with is the default Vista background, looks like green and blue rays going up the screen, with a dos window open that rean winpeint and then dumps you to an X:\windows\system32 prompt.
You don't need any boot disk. All you need to do is download the WAIK, link in the Guide. Everything you need to follow the guide is included in it.
@Tripredacus - do a search for "hardware independent image" or "universal image" via google or here in the forums, it has been disused in multiple threads here different approaches to do what you are after. If you can't git it worked out start another thread over in the windows xp forum.
Posted 11 August 2007 - 09:06 AM
I guess we may be singing from different hymbooks. I was doing this on an XP machine (not vista). Hardware is Dell Optiplex GX620 and optiplex 745). I have set my PC to boot from Cd-rom in bios, but it does not give me that 'press any key to boot from CD...' prompt;it just boots straight into caldera DOS. Where this came from I do not know. I have also followed a Microsoft Walkthrough, which is in the help section of WAIK, but it gives me the same effect.
Even where you say in your guide we should not close the window as this will cause the machine to reboot. There is no way I could close mine as I do not really have a modal window. Myabe I should start a new thread as suggested.
Thanks for your help.
Posted 11 August 2007 - 10:05 AM
when you are walking through the guide are you using the cmd scripts in it or are you typing in all the commands manually?
On page 7 step 13, where the winpe_x86.iso file is created, how are you burning this CD image to your CD? Its default location in my guide is c:\winpe_x86\
If you have virtual machine software, create a virtual machine with at least 384MB of memory, then set this CD ISO image file for the cd. and then boot the VM and boot form the cd and see what you get. You can get Virtual PC from Microsoft or VMWare Server from VMWare for free.
Posted 12 August 2007 - 04:32 PM
Iam not using the batch files you you provided. I am typing them in. Everything goes smoothly, but I may have gotten something wrong when creating the CD. I use Nero to burn the CD, I select make data disk, then bootable disk, then I browse tothe C:\winpe_x86 and select the .iso file. What could I be doing wrong here?The .iso file is about 202MB. It is obvious I am either not creating the right image or not burning the CD correctly. I have tried burning the .iso file as a normal data file, but the boot process does not read the CD at all, and as a bootable file, it starts referring to caldera DOS. Is there another option of creating the CD??
Posted 12 August 2007 - 05:40 PM
Posted 12 August 2007 - 06:33 PM
I misunderstood the 'burn image to CD'. I was just burning a bootable CD. Should have gone for the nero option which says "Burn image to CD". If this helps you may want to update the guide for idiots like me whodonot knowthere is a difference betweemburning a CD and burning an image.
Cheers and Thanks for sticking with me through this task.
Posted 12 August 2007 - 09:52 PM
Posted 14 August 2007 - 06:57 AM
Very good tutorial.
Having some problems... if someone could help me, i thank you very much.
So... I am creating the CD, I am booting the source system from the CD, I type the command imagex /capture c:\ d:\C_Image.wim “Drive C” “My image description” /compress maximum
(page 9 step 5)... and it starts scanning files. The problem is that after 8500 files scanned it stops with an error (related to a file - c:\windows\system32\camocx.dll) - Error:0. I also tried imaging other systems - I receive errors in the same step - but not on the same file. Sometimes it steps scaning at boot.ini - Error 8, sometimes at other dll.
Can anyone, please, help me with correcting this ?
Thanx very much in advance.
Posted 14 August 2007 - 02:27 PM
I can no longer (with wds) walk up to a workstation, hit F12, select my image and walk away as I did with RIS...
This seems like alot of work to make an image now.. and even more to deploy it...
Posted 14 August 2007 - 02:35 PM
Posted 14 August 2007 - 03:45 PM
I take it d: is your external drive?
I would do a chkdsk on your vol first before you do a capture I have had this happen to me once before.
I think the cmd line is chkdsk /r
Correct me if am wrong.
You can so many things with this...
SMS OSD FP Deploy by SMS.
you can have a lite touch deployment based on serial number or mac address subnet anything really.
or maybe a fully zero touch deployment will be better but your need a "Provisiong Server"
You can have just a straight F12 Ris to boot your winpe or os or use WDS.
This is all extra stuff thats not covered in the guide.
The BDD2007 Workbench is very good as well as the BDD2.5 wait till you read thru the whitepapers took me ages to read.
This is a guide to produce a reference image and guide you thru the steps required so that you can understand and not just follow the steps without understanding.
Iceman please dont get put off posting further guides :-)
Posted 14 August 2007 - 07:41 PM
Posted 15 August 2007 - 07:02 AM
Thanks ! Very useful guide !
Posted 25 August 2007 - 07:35 PM
Added Online driver installation information. And how to remove unused packages from PE image to shrink final size using export command.
Posted 25 October 2007 - 02:32 AM
And applied it to the Fresh Pc it shows up BSOD?
Where am i wrong. Tried partitioning both with Diskpart and Acronis Disk Director.
PS: Does WinPE disk contains Bootsect.exe by default or i have to add it?
Posted 25 October 2007 - 06:45 AM
Posted 26 October 2007 - 06:41 AM
1. Installed Virtual Box in Pentium D 805 based PC, Created VM, Installed XP PRO SP2 with Autopatcher and apps. Sysprepped and Restarted with Win PE 2 disk and created Wim image of it. I used this Image in two Scenarios-
a. I used this image in Virtual Server 2005 R2 (Same machine) and applied it to dynamically expanding VDD and had shown BSOD and immediately restarted.
b. Booted a fresh Dual Core Machine with it and applied the image. It showed BSOD and immediately restarted so dont know the error details.
2. Installed XP PRo sp2 in Compaq C702TU Celeron D Laptop (Disabled the SATA as the lappy didnt had Floppy Drive) and autopatcher etc. Sysprepped it and restarted and booted it with PE2 and created WIM.
I tested this WIM in Virtual Server 2005 R2 and this time it shown Black screen after booting. (I formatted the VDD via Acronis Disk Director)
Where am i Wrong?
Posted 26 October 2007 - 06:49 AM
Edited by sunny1552, 26 October 2007 - 06:51 AM.
Posted 26 October 2007 - 08:12 AM
Posted 26 October 2007 - 09:04 AM
Do a search of the forums or google for 'universal image' or 'hardware independent image' and check that out. There is a lot of information about it here and elsewhere. If you have further questions about a hardware independent image please start a new topic.
Posted 27 October 2007 - 01:04 AM
Created Sysprep answer file in setupmgr, copied the sysprep tools in c\sysprep with sysprep answer file. and run the sysprep reseal and restarted, captured the image in Win pe2. Didnt added any device drivers. Didnt used bootsect.exe before before appyying thw WIM.
Thanks for the info i will check that up. Do u have any good link in mind.
Edited by sunny1552, 27 October 2007 - 01:06 AM.
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