Sunday, July 15, 2012 2:14 PM
When I first began exploring windows deployment, I started with the WDS, then moved on to the MDT and evolved a LiteTouch deployment that was working well. Then it appears that (for some reason) I began editing the unattend.xml in WSIM, and then during the deployment, I was being asked again to enter/verify the computername. In the custom.ini I have SkipComputerName=No as we want to enter the computer name. I would click Next and it would proceed without error. Then we thought that we'd try SkipTaskSequenceID=No as it was previously set to Yes and I would enter the task sequence id manually, but now we have other people in the dept initiating the imaging also, so we thought it would be nice to be able to pick whichever task sequence we wanted without me having to set it up. So... I tried this, and the menu comes up very nicely, and the image deploys nicely until... at what appears to be right before the very end, then I get the Windows Deployment Wizard opening again with the Select a Task Sequence menu appearing, but no task sequences available (at that point in the image deployment, the local administrator would be logged in, so would not have access to the deployment share or task sequences anyway, I'm assuming) so it appears that the message is actually correct, but why would it be looking to be (what appears to be) trying to starting over again? When I cancel out, it says that the deployment has not finished, but as a test I went ahead and deleted the MININT folders and went on to use the image as it was, and it works just fine. I hate to have this occurring, however, as it obviously is an error on my part somewhere that I had no inkling of prior to trying the SkipTaskSequenceID=NO.
I'm really quite at a loss as to where to start looking; the MININT folders are still there (since the deployment has not "officially" finished) but to look through the logs... holy cow, I have no idea what I am looking at! Can someone point me in the right direction?
Here is a screen shot of the error that appears:
- Edited by jseth Sunday, July 15, 2012 2:16 PM added image
Tuesday, July 17, 2012 4:24 PMcould you send us a bdd.log file extracted at that very moment (when the wizard is displayed ?)
David Sebban | Nelite North America
Friday, July 20, 2012 9:19 PM
Thank you for your reply. I actually found, on another post, that "branding" the LiteTouch deployment can cause this to happen, and sure enough, when I removed my customization from the LiteTouch.wsf file, the error disappeared.
I have come across an odd occurrence, however, that perhaps you might have some insight into? My images are deploying flawlessly now, however in one classroom that I imaged today (which was just reconfigured on a new switch, which is the only variable), the image deployed without (obvious) error, however, that pesky MININT folder was not deleted. Only the Tools folder is in inside of it. The image works fine, it does not seem to make any difference, however it bothers me because it only appeared when the computers in this particular room were imaged; the MININT folder was deleted from the completed image in other rooms (that do not use the new switch). Could the configuration of the switch cause this? As I said, I cannot see any other variable in the deployment. Additionally in this room, twice as I tried to log into two different computers, I got a "There are currently no logon servers available to service the logon request". When I tried to log on again, it was successful, but I wonder if there was spotty network/domain connectivity, if this could cause the folder to not delete? Thank you.
- Proposed As Answer by David SebbanMVP Monday, July 23, 2012 2:49 PM