wds(windows deployment services )volume to capture blank

Hi Guys

i have been trying to capture a image off a ready installed machine eveything went fine i followed deployement notes i found on the net
wds is installed ,bdd is install, windows aik is installed
the process went along smoothly until i tried to capture the image
i boot off the network i select the winpe.wim  windows deployment services image capture wizard GUI starts up and i follow the steps but the volume to capture drop down is blank

please advise on this i'm struggling let me know if i've left out any important info

Thanks
redisolutionsAsked:
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KrisdeepCommented:
You have to sysprep the image then only will u be able to capture it
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KrisdeepCommented:
Is it Windows Xp or Vista? and i can guide you to the Sysprep if your not too sure.Let me know
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redisolutionsAuthor Commented:
its xp  i ran sysprep already not sure if it was successful
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KrisdeepCommented:
Check if it was successful,l that area will be black if the image has not been sysprep. Attach is how i sysprep my images. I used that in conjunction with an answer file.
Sysprep.JPG
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KrisdeepCommented:
If you are still unable to resolve it see if its a driver issue by pressing Shift+F10 in the boot image and direct it to the C: drive and see if its visible.Let me know how you go.
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KrisdeepCommented:
I doubt it but just taught i check all basics.Just to confirm the "Capture Wizard GUI" you are talking about is shown below??
Capture.JPG
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redisolutionsAuthor Commented:
i dont understand um your sysprep format is different to mine wat must be blacked out?
sysprep.JPG
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redisolutionsAuthor Commented:
yes thats what i was stucck with it doesn't show the c : drive
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KrisdeepCommented:

Here is the sysprep I am using iv also added the answer file,you would have to place it on the following destination c:\Sysprep and run it from there.
http://dl.getdropbox.com/u/261916/SYSPREP.zip

On yours it would be the same as
Check Use Mini-Setup
Check Dont Regenerate Security Identifiers
Check Dont Reset grace period for activation
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KrisdeepCommented:
Use the Sysprep tool I provided and let me know if that made any difference?
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redisolutionsAuthor Commented:
just ran the sysprep with those radio buttons ticked now the pc has shut down when i restart it must i try creating the image again or start windows normally
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KrisdeepCommented:
Create an Image and see if C: appears as shown in my above picture
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redisolutionsAuthor Commented:
i went straight to boot from network the c : drive was there thank you so much :-)
when specifying a destination for the image if i want to save it directly to the wds server
must there be a shared folder must i make reference to the server domain.com\servername ?
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KrisdeepCommented:
You would need a location to store the file first before it uploads it an external driver , 2nd hard drive or a share folder location would do. Yes what you can do is press Shift+F10(Brings up a command prompt) and map a shared location using the command " Net use g: \\servername\Foldername "
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KrisdeepCommented:
Let me know how it goes glad its all fixed :-)
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redisolutionsAuthor Commented:
but why would i have to open the cmd if the gui has the option?
yes i've already shared a folder with full premissions for everyone why do i have to specify a location on the machine cant i just send it to the shared folder
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KrisdeepCommented:
Im guessing If you have a shared location then you have to map it in order to save it to that location if the GUI have that option use it. You would have to map it in order to save to that location
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redisolutionsAuthor Commented:
true but the pc is not a member of my domain so it cannot access any shares so i should just save it to the local disk and transfer it over later ?
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KrisdeepCommented:
You wont be able to save it to the C: as its being captured you can save it to an external drive or a 2nd drive.

You can alternatively use "net use w: \\myserver\fileshare /user:username Password"
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KrisdeepCommented:
Below is the full syntax if you would want to use the shared drive

net use [{DEVICE | *}] [\\COMPUTER\SHARE[\VOL]] [{PASSWORD | *}]] [/USER:[DOMAIN\]USER] [/USER:[DOTTEDDOMAIN\]USER] [/USER: [USER@DOTTEDDOMAIN] [/SAVECRED] [/SMARTCARD] [{/DELETE | /PERSISTENT:{yes | no}}]
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redisolutionsAuthor Commented:
i'm throwing it in to a portable from there i just save it to the server and add it into wds irght
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KrisdeepCommented:
Yup that is Correct.

1)Save it to the External Drive

2)Install the Image in WDS you would first have to create an Install Group then install it there its pretty simple from here on.
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redisolutionsAuthor Commented:
thanks very much for all your help
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KrisdeepCommented:
Not a problem you have a good day and hope all goes well.
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