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Installing Windows 7 sp1 to MDT 2010

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  • I want to import windows 7 sp1 into my MDT 2010 update1 server.  But when I do so it starts the process but fails after a short time with out an error message. It does crash the managment console.  I built the DVD I use from an ISO file that was downloaded off the MS website.

    Has anybody seen this issue before?  How do I correct it?

    thanks for you help

    Kris

    Friday, March 23, 2012 6:54 PM

Answers

  • Stephan;

       Thanks for you insite on this. Redoing that server wouldn't be my first choice but that would be the cleanist way to go.

    Question;   If I backup all my files (i.e. drivers, operating systems etc) can I import them to the new install?

    Kris


    Kris Da San Martino

    Yes, that's no problem at all. You can simply copy the entire folder to a different location and later copy it back. You don't actually even need to "import" anything, everything will be as it was before since it's just a simple file and folder structure; it's the scripts inside them that actually do all the magic. Once you copy the entire deploymentshare back to the re-installed server, the only thing you need to do is the following:

    From the MDT workbench, open a deploymentshare and browse to the path you placed it in.

    Also create a network file share that points to the location of the deploymentshare root, if you use a different sharename, make sure to make the appropriate changes in the settings of the deployment share, and config files; and recreate your bootimages.


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    • Marked as answer by KDSM Friday, April 06, 2012 2:05 PM
    Friday, April 06, 2012 7:37 AM

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  • Are you trying to import a WIM? How did you build? If you cannot download W7 with SP1 integrated, I would import the original W7 CD, apply Sp1 and all the latest updates, and sysprep and capture, than import the custom WIM.
    Friday, March 23, 2012 11:29 PM
  • Shrek46;

       I did down load the ISO file off the microsoft web site and burn it to a DVD. So I'm not trying to inport a wim file but the full file set.


    Kris Da San Martino

    Monday, March 26, 2012 2:15 PM
  • Sounds like a corrupt dvd.

    Try downloading PowerISO or Virtual clone to mount the ISO as a virtual drive. Then import Windows 7 SP1 into MDT.

    Monday, March 26, 2012 9:49 PM
  • Andrew;

      I tried the PowerISO software and it still failed on me. It seems like if you create a CD from an iso file that MDT doesn't like it. Or might there be an issue with me MDT server.   I guess I can try and create a WIM from an installed W7 sp1 to see how that works.


    Kris Da San Martino

    Wednesday, March 28, 2012 4:29 PM
  • Your best bet is to do what Shrek46 suggested, and install the SP1 package directly into your reference machine, then sysprep and capture.   If that isn't a viable option, my question would be; can you verify that the SP1 installation package works on a machine with Windows 7 already installed.  If not, Andrew is probably right, you've got a bad download.  Otherwise, could you post more information about what you're adding into your task sequence to run the SP1 install?

    Nate

    Wednesday, March 28, 2012 7:44 PM
  • Andrew;

      I tried the PowerISO software and it still failed on me. It seems like if you create a CD from an iso file that MDT doesn't like it. Or might there be an issue with me MDT server.   I guess I can try and create a WIM from an installed W7 sp1 to see how that works.


    Kris Da San Martino

    Does the same occur when you import other Images? for example Server 2008, vanilla Win 7 etc. Does it make a difference if you copy the install.wim first on a local harddrive before you import it?

    Just thinking out loud, however the crashing of the workbench makes me doubt it's actually an error of the image to be honest.


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    Thursday, March 29, 2012 12:48 AM
  • It seems to happen to any CD I try to load.

    I did inport the install.wim file off the CD I wanted to use and it loaded ok but when I try to use it it says their isn't a setup program to use. So I'm still in the same boat.

    I still havn't loaded windows 7 sp1 on a computer and inported it to MDT but I would expect that should work.  I will test that idea out next.

    Kris


    Kris Da San Martino

    Friday, March 30, 2012 10:54 PM
  • Could you install the MDT workbench on a different computer, and connect to the deploymentshare from that workbench. See if the import causes the same crashing or not.

    Kind regards,

    Stephan Schwarz.


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    Saturday, March 31, 2012 12:01 AM
  • I do have another install of MDT on a laptop that I was using for some time. I was successful in importing that same Windows 7sp1 disk on that computer.  I treid to import to my main MDT server from the deployment share on the laptop but that failed as all the others did.

    Next I will try to use the laptop MDT console to inport to the main MDT server to see what results I get but it's looking more and more like the install of the MDT MMC is not correct on the main server.

    Kris


    Kris Da San Martino

    Tuesday, April 03, 2012 2:10 PM
  • I do have another install of MDT on a laptop that I was using for some time. I was successful in importing that same Windows 7sp1 disk on that computer.  I treid to import to my main MDT server from the deployment share on the laptop but that failed as all the others did.

    Next I will try to use the laptop MDT console to inport to the main MDT server to see what results I get but it's looking more and more like the install of the MDT MMC is not correct on the main server.

    Kris


    Kris Da San Martino

    That's pretty much what I was thinking as well, I had a similar issue that the MMC would crash upon certain actions, eventhough it all worked fine if I connected from a different machine. Unfortunately reinstalling MDT didn't work for me, I had to reinstall the entire server to get the MMC to work again properly.

    Kind regards,

    Stephan Schwarz


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    Tuesday, April 03, 2012 5:11 PM
  • Stephan;

       Thanks for you insite on this. Redoing that server wouldn't be my first choice but that would be the cleanist way to go.

    Question;   If I backup all my files (i.e. drivers, operating systems etc) can I import them to the new install?

    Kris


    Kris Da San Martino

    Thursday, April 05, 2012 10:55 PM
  • Stephan;

       Thanks for you insite on this. Redoing that server wouldn't be my first choice but that would be the cleanist way to go.

    Question;   If I backup all my files (i.e. drivers, operating systems etc) can I import them to the new install?

    Kris


    Kris Da San Martino

    Yes, that's no problem at all. You can simply copy the entire folder to a different location and later copy it back. You don't actually even need to "import" anything, everything will be as it was before since it's just a simple file and folder structure; it's the scripts inside them that actually do all the magic. Once you copy the entire deploymentshare back to the re-installed server, the only thing you need to do is the following:

    From the MDT workbench, open a deploymentshare and browse to the path you placed it in.

    Also create a network file share that points to the location of the deploymentshare root, if you use a different sharename, make sure to make the appropriate changes in the settings of the deployment share, and config files; and recreate your bootimages.


    If one of these posts answered your question or issue, please click on "Mark as answer".

    My Blog | Twitter: @Schwarz_Stephan | MCTS, MCITP, MCC.
    How to configure Windows RE/OEM Recovery Partition with MDT

    • Marked as answer by KDSM Friday, April 06, 2012 2:05 PM
    Friday, April 06, 2012 7:37 AM
  • Stephan;

       Thanks. now, I just need to find the time to do it....

    Kris


    Kris Da San Martino

    Friday, April 06, 2012 2:06 PM