Windows System Image Manager : Unknown Error 0xC1420127 when attempting to create WIM catalog

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I am using the Windows Automated Installation Kit (WAIK) for Windows 7 running on Windows Server 2008R2 SP1.  

I have two Windows 7 SP1 x64 images which I exported from the WDS server in my lab; both images were created from the same reference image.  On my new production WDS server, when I open the first of the WIM files WSIM tells me there is no catalog and asks if I want to create one.  I choose YES,  WSIM works as expected and creates the new catalog file.  

When I open the second WIM file, WSM again asks me if I want to create a new catalog file.  I choose YES and this time WSIM generates an error:  "Windows SIM was unable to generate a catalog.  Unknown Error (0xC1420127)"

I am using WSIM x64 version 6.1.7600.16385 – can’t recall now if I installed the WAIK supplement for Win7S SP1

Here is the log file:

1:53 PM :
1:53 PM : Windows SIM was unable to generate a catalog. For troubleshooting assistance, see the topic: 'Windows System Image Manager Technical Reference' in the Windows OPK or Windows AIK User's Guide.
1:53 PM :
1:53 PM : System.ComponentModel.Win32Exception: Unknown error (0xc1420127)

Server stack trace:
   at Microsoft.ComponentStudio.ComponentPlatformInterface.WimImageInfo.PreCreateCatalog()
   at Microsoft.ComponentStudio.ComponentPlatformInterface.OfflineImageInfo.CreateCatalog()
   at Microsoft.ComponentStudio.ComponentPlatformInterface.CatalogCreatorImpl.CreateCatalog(OfflineImageInfo offlineImageInfo)
   at System.Runtime.Remoting.Messaging.StackBuilderSink._PrivateProcessMessage(IntPtr md, Object[] args, Object server, Int32 methodPtr, Boolean fExecuteInContext, Object[]& outArgs)
   at System.Runtime.Remoting.Messaging.StackBuilderSink.SyncProcessMessage(IMessage msg, Int32 methodPtr, Boolean fExecuteInContext)

Exception rethrown at [0]:
   at System.Runtime.Remoting.Proxies.RealProxy.HandleReturnMessage(IMessage reqMsg, IMessage retMsg)
   at System.Runtime.Remoting.Proxies.RealProxy.PrivateInvoke(MessageData& msgData, Int32 type)
   at Microsoft.ComponentStudio.ComponentPlatformInterface.ICatalogCreator.CreateCatalog(OfflineImageInfo offlineImageInfo)
   at Microsoft.ComponentStudio.CatalogGenerator.CreateCat(ProgressDialog pd, Object o)

I have seen references to this same WSIM error and some solutions suggested placing the WIM file on the same volume as the OS, which I have done.  I have also verified these two WIM files have the same exact file permissions.

This did work in the past on my lab WDS server, a while back I created an unattend.xml file for this WIM and successfully used the lab WDS server to deploy this image.  

Any ideas here?

Thanks in advance for the help!

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Top Expert 2013
AltaSens--Did you  "see the topic: 'Windows System Image Manager Technical Reference' in the Windows OPK or Windows AIK User's Guide."  as suggested?
Perhaps a helpful reference


thanks for the help!
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AltaSens--You are welcome!

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