Windows 7 enterprise sysprep does not prepare c drive for wds capture
Posted on 2010-08-19
i am looking for ours now but can not find any solution for me. my situation is that way:
windows server 2008 r2 incl ads, dns, dhcp and wds ... and kms server up and running
clients windows 7 enterprise fully installed (hardware plus needed software)
wds is setup like this:
boot images for installing a pc (x86 & x64) incl ethernet drivers for pcs
boot images for capturing a pc (x86 & x64) incl ethernet drivers for pcs
already added "naked" windows 7 enterprise install.wim for 32bit and 64bit
now to the clients:
pxe booting works fine and installing the "naked" windows 7 via wds also.
which means wds and images and everything works really fine.
but having "naked" windows 7 pcs in NOT the goal! that is only for testing if it works nice ...
but now to my problem:
i have a finalized, finished, ready windows 7 enterprise pc which includes all drivers and - more important - all needed software, programm groups and more for that company. furthermore i do have do say that this pc does have 2 partitons: c-drive windows and d-drive for temporary stuff (especially autocad temp).
so i want to capture that pc by booting with the capture boot image. to do so i have to sysprep that machine.
so i decided to sysprop NOT in "oobe" mode because we want i exactly like it looks now and do not automatically change the pc name and include it into ads. we want to do that after finishing the image process all manually because of the special needed pc-name.
so i do run sysrep and select: NOT oobe (sorry i do not know the other selection in english), activate "generalize" and shutdown.
why not oobe? because we want to enter the pc-name everytime but NOT add a standard user everytime. so i decided for me to clone it that way exactly like the main pc and change that after imaging manually. of course i know that we can add an unattended function which only asks for the pc-name, renames it that way and includes into domain, but i do think that is to much work to do for the amount of pc's we do have (and we do have 3 types of source images also).
so now after doing that sysprep the pc reboots and i start the pxe boot with the capture function which works fine. till to the question to select the local drive which i want to use as source for the image capturing. in that dropdown i only can see the d-partition and not the c-partition.
i really can not find a solution for that problem anywhere in the internet so my questions to other sysprep pros are:
1) how to get the c drive prepared by sysprep for image capturing? what is going wrong?
2) how to put both partitions into the image easily?
your help and ideas would be nice - many thanks to you!