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I have a customer that is trying to use Windows deployment to Image a Dell OptiPlex.

However the workstation is in AHIC mode coming from Dell.  They have made this workstation a representative workstation and want to send this is image up to Windows Deployment to use as a template to load other workstation.  When windows deployment starts to do the Image the C: or what ever drive assigned would be assigned does not come up when the wizard drop down to choose the drive.

I did some re-search with the customer and I am not sure how to image this system in AHIC mode.  You could use a third party imager, but that would be expensive.  The only way I see around this issue and still use Windows Deployment is to re-load the system in ATA mode and do it that way.  When new systems come from Dell Change the BIOS to ATA and use Windows Deployment to deploy the image.

If there is another way I would sure appreciate some help.

Thanks,

Rick
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I doubt the issue is the BIOS compatibility mode. What you describe is what i'd expect to see if the system has not been properly generalized with sysprep. Several MS tools, such as the WDS Capture wizard, will only capture generalized images and will not display partitions that fail to meet that standard.
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by:David Johnson, CD, MVP
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You need to inject the ahci driver into the boot.wim and the winpe.wim
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David,

that makes sense to me where can I find the ahic driver.

Rick
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Dell has all of the drivers required for winpe and the install wim's (I use MDT and turn off UPNP (plug and pray) and by querying the system only add the applicable drivers
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I did find the driver I think needed, and I injected into the image, but when I try to add them to the boot image can't find them
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David,

I did manage to get the AHIC drivers installed, but still could not see the drive in the drop down.  However, if I did an shit f10 I could see my drive.  

The problem was I was not doing sysprep, but for what I need to do Sysprep makes too many changes.  When I ran sysprep I did auditing and it erased some files off my desktop.  Fortunately, I think / I hope I have a backup.

I did some more research and it seems that you can not use Windows Deployment to capture a non-generalized, syspreped image.

Can any please confirm this.  

Thanks,

Rick
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This is exactly what I said (and yes, I'll confirm it) in my very first comment.
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by:David Johnson, CD, MVP
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the proper sequence is:
sysprep /generalize
at the oobe screen ctrl-shift-f3 to get into audit mode
make your changes
sysprep/oobe
shutdown the computer
now capture the image
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Cliff,

Thanks very much for the expert advice

Rick
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