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WDS disk partitioning in unattended setup

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  • Hello everyone. I have searched for multiple topics regarding this issue, and i have seen conflicting information or just old information that i try to use but no matter what i do i get errors when booting.

    What i want to do, is for every image out there to install with the same partitioning scheme that windows by default uses, which is to create a small boot partition (300mb i believe on 8.1) and then create another partition with the rest of the space and install windows on it.

    I have tried to do it with a image based .xml unattended file, but searching i believe i should use a WDS based .xml file instead.

    Here is my relevant .xml settings:

    <settings pass="windowsPE">
            <component name="Microsoft-Windows-Setup" processorArchitecture="x86" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS" xmlns:wcm="http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance">
                <DiskConfiguration>
                    <Disk wcm:action="add">
                        <CreatePartitions>
                            <CreatePartition wcm:action="add">
                                <Order>1</Order>
                                <Size>350</Size>
                                <Type>Primary</Type>
                            </CreatePartition>
                            <CreatePartition wcm:action="add">
                                <Order>2</Order>
                                <Type>Primary</Type>
                                <Extend>true</Extend>
                            </CreatePartition>
                        </CreatePartitions>
                        <ModifyPartitions>
                            <ModifyPartition wcm:action="add">
                                <Order>1</Order>
                                <PartitionID>1</PartitionID>
                                <Label>System</Label>
                                <Format>NTFS</Format>
                                <Active>true</Active>
                            </ModifyPartition>
                            <ModifyPartition wcm:action="add">
                                <Order>2</Order>
                                <PartitionID>2</PartitionID>
                                <Format>NTFS</Format>
                                <Label>Windows</Label>
                            </ModifyPartition>
                        </ModifyPartitions>
                        <DiskID>0</DiskID>
                        <WillWipeDisk>true</WillWipeDisk>
                    </Disk>
                </DiskConfiguration>
                <ImageInstall>
                    <OSImage>
                        <InstallTo>
                            <DiskID>0</DiskID>
                            <PartitionID>2</PartitionID>
                        </InstallTo>
                    </OSImage>
                </ImageInstall>
            </component>
    </settings>

    When i test, i get an error on the line that says wcm:action="add".

    Can someone point my error?

    This is in 2008 r2 as a wds server, testing with win 8.1 client



    Wednesday, April 30, 2014 1:52 PM

Answers

  • bah, turns out it was a dumb copy and paste bug of mine, i copied those settings from another file i had, and forgot to declare "wcm" on the component of the resulting file (which i correctly typed above)
    Wednesday, April 30, 2014 5:57 PM

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  • It *looks* OK, so have you validated the answer file in WSIM?
    Wednesday, April 30, 2014 2:00 PM
  • bah, turns out it was a dumb copy and paste bug of mine, i copied those settings from another file i had, and forgot to declare "wcm" on the component of the resulting file (which i correctly typed above)
    Wednesday, April 30, 2014 5:57 PM