how to re-image current gen Lenovo X1 Carbon

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Hi,

I have to setup a few current gen Lenovo X1 Carbon and found this post:

https://forums.lenovo.com/t5/Enterprise-Client-Management/capture-image-Lenovo-X1-carbon-5th-Gen/m-p/3766947/highlight/true#M4004

Basically he says to setup the image in a VM (install programs, etc), then image that VM to the laptop.  but my question is, the VM has 2 partitions that were created by Windows 10 Pro x64.  When I image it back to the laptop, can I blow away all the default partitions that Lenovo created or I need to preserve those and just overwrite the Windows related partitions?

I want to use this opportunity to setup a base image so that I can apply to future laptops.

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One is the main partition - do as you wish. One is the recovery partition - keep this, One is UEFI - Do NOT delete this.

I am typing this on my X1 Carbon 4th
If you image the laptop to a VM ,it won't activate as the OS is licensed to the BIOS.
To accomplish something like this you would need a VL license to do what you want.

The are many products that allow for imaging and reimaging,but using a BIOS keyed OS is not one of them.
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Use Veeam Endpoint to create a V2P works very well!
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You can remove ALL partitions on the laptop and Endpoint or Windows Agent as it's now called will recreate all the partitions that is on the source VM

We actually backup all laptops this way so they can be mounted as a VM or restored to ANY LAPTOP

Not just X1s we also use!
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One is the main partition - do as you wish. One is the recovery partition - keep this, One is UEFI - Do NOT delete this.

I am typing this on my X1 Carbon 4th

@John

I have the following partitions on the laptop:

1: System (FAT32 LBA) Primary| 2: unformatted Primary | 3: Windows c:\ NTFS Primary | 4: WinRE_DRV

in my VM:

1: (FAT32 LBA) Primary | 2: C:\ NTFS Primary


So I can replace #1 on laptop with #1 from VM and #3 on laptop with #2 from VM?

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@Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)

Thanks, I am trying to do V2P to a laptop.  

I already have a VM with Windows 10 right now but I will save your article since I think I can use it for something else.

Thanks,

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@pgm554

I am trying to use a generic installation of windows 10 (from a VM) and apply it to a laptop to overwrite the existing installation.  not taking the laptop OS and using it in a VM

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Also, the laptop is EFI and GPT, do I have to have the same or can I use MBR and overwrite the GPT partitions ?
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You can use what ever you want, providing the BIOS is switched from UEFI to MBR or vice versa!
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For reimagining, you should stay with UEFI or some of the pre-boot Lenovo items may not work

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just to confirm,

I have the following partitions on the laptop:

1: System (FAT32 LBA) Primary| 2: unformatted Primary | 3: Windows c:\ NTFS Primary | 4: WinRE_DRV

I can overwrite  #1 and #3 right?

Thanks,
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2 and 3 not 1
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You should also determine that 2 is empty and does not have a label

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@John Thanks.

I am in the process of re-creating my VM again in EFI and GPT now.  then will backup the laptop and try to overwrite partitions 2 and 3.  Also, I think Windows 10 will auto activate on this laptop right? I think the key is in the bios?

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@John

Correct, #2 has no label
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The license is held in the Windows licensing server , not BIOS

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@John

Ok, so after I image the laptop, it will be able to connect to the server (once networking is setup) and be able to activate?
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It should do if the image is good

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@John, thanks.  will report back
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But if the image is being created on a VM will it have The UEFI Lenovo things....,

If the Lenovo X1 is being overwritten they'll not exist

So UEFI or MBT
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MBR
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Why ? That laptop needs UEFI for the Lenovo pre boot, at least mine does
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I can change MBR or UEFI in our Lenovo

What benefit does UEFI give you

We have some MBR and some UEFI
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All work and BOOT
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Windows 10
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I realize you can do this  but finger print reader works in BIOS before Windows starts
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Oh fingerprint reader!
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Yup and there is graphical text and error messages
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Fingerprint reader does not work for us!

Therefore of no use!

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Guys,

so the imaging worked and the laptop boots.

some issues:
- default recovery partition no longer works. I did not overwrite the recovery partition
- in Windows 10, there is a strange drive with no name but with the drive letter Z and it seems to be a mount of a temp folder.  it does not appear in disk management and I see files getting created and deleted.  It shares the same space as the c:\ partition.
- there is 500Mb which I cannot recovery even after trying to change the partitions with AOEMI partition software.

Other than that, system works and boots.  I used a util to get the OEM key from bios and activated windows with the OEM key.

Thanks,
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Default Recovery partition to be expected if you created on a VM

Do the reverse which is what we do Image Factory Default X1 to a VM change VM to UEFI so it BOOTs update Image and write back to Laptops

Why do you need Recovery partition is this not redundant?

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@Andrew

Yes, the recovery partition is redundant since I can just re-deploy the image if anything happens.  

I will try that method on next deployment.  Laptops have been deployed and besides those listed issues, it boots, I was able to activate windows.

Thanks everyone!

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used suggestions by members and I was able to image and get it working
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Thanks for the update and I was happy to help alongside the others here.

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