Thursday, August 23, 2012 6:21 PM
Running MDT 2012 Update 1 and WinPE 4.0. Something I've noticed since the recent upgrades is that is now possible to mistakenly image networked drives. This can be very dangerous for obvious reasons when imaging Server hardware.
I'd like to expose the Disk Configuration wizard that one would normally see if building from a straight ISO. I saw this guide, but it just causes my Task Sequence to bomb out and never shows the wizard.
Per the guide I disabled the Format step in the Task Sequence and added the WillShowUI option in the unattend. This doesn't make much sense though since the unattend doens't get process until after the OS is laid down. Either way, it didn't work.
Does anyone have any other recommendations? Possibly a way to reveal the Disk Configuration wizard via Rules?
Thursday, August 23, 2012 7:14 PMWhat is your EXACT end goal? So that I could choose the partition size, I created another panel in the MDT Wizard to do just that. Any chance that's what you're hoping to do?
Thursday, August 23, 2012 8:30 PMMy end goal is to interactively select which disk the Task Sequence is imaging.
Thursday, August 23, 2012 9:17 PM
I'm playing around with this in my Rules, rebuildings the WinPE ISO each time, but still with no luckSkipDestinationDisk=NO
Tuesday, August 28, 2012 3:14 PMUnfortunately was unable to make any progress on this last week. Does anyone else have any recommendations?
Tuesday, August 28, 2012 6:10 PM
It doesn't appear that there is a destination disk pane in the MDT wizard in MDT 2012 Update 1.
You clould use the Pane from MDT 2010 to create a custom wizard pane in on the 2012 share.
Thursday, August 30, 2012 3:34 PM
You brought to my attention a couple of things by saying that. I didn't realize the SkipDestinationDisk=NO rule was to reveal the DestinationDisk wizard pane. So that explains why it's not working in MDT 2012 Update 1 if the pane is not available. I thought that rule was to reveal the Windows Format and Partition Wizard which is what I really want to see. Mainly because Disk 0 is not always what you think it *should* be. Being able to physically see the partition I'm imaging is what I want and I don't see that happening anywhere outside of the Format and Partition Wizard without a metric ton of work to write a custom wizard pane.
Doesn't make a whole lot of sense to write something custom when revealing the default Windows wizard achieves what I want.
Being able to see if Disk 0 is for some reason 18TB would be helpful so I'd know if I'm inadvertently imaging direct attached storage on a server instead of the 146GB RAID1 that the OS should be laid down on.
Thursday, August 30, 2012 3:54 PM
The main catalyst behind this is that it is possible to inadvertently image SAN storage attached to a server and it HAS happened since moving to MDT 2012 Update 1. This person had a similar issue, but his workaround did not work for us.
Thursday, August 30, 2012 8:48 PM
Actually creating the custom pane is not that bad, but you could try this:
in the unattend.xml, under windowsPE phase, select Microsoft_Windows_Setup/OSImage and set the value of WillShowUI to Always.
I have not tried this so it may or may not work.
Thursday, November 29, 2012 6:44 PM
Unfortunately that does not work. As a workaround have trained everyone to always disable HBA when imaging a server, but it's not a permanent solution and does not prevent human error.
Would love to see a "select disk and partition" wizard pane eventually released.
Thursday, November 29, 2012 7:57 PM
I need to give this a try on monday, too.
In the Install OS step are some options to select the drive being used.
Can you solve your issue this way?
I will give "first free space" a try then.