Wednesday, August 15, 2012 1:51 AM
I have set up an MDT 2012 deployment share and am able to deploy Win7 images successfully using a USB WinPE drive. However, it only works properly if I disconnect the USB drive before starting deployment. If the USB drive is left connected during the "Format and Partition Disk" task in the Preinstall group, it proceeds with OS install, but fails with this error before the expected reboot:
FAILURE (5615): False: Boot Drive was not found, required?
Litetouch deployment failed, Return Code = -2147467259 0x80004005
Failed to run the action: Install Operating System.
Unknown error (Error: 000015EF; Source: Unknown
The execution of the group (Install) has failed and the execution has been aborted. An action failed.
Operation aborted (Error: 80004004; Source: Windows)
Failed to run the last action: Install Operating System. Execution of the task sequence failed.
Unknown error (Error: 000015EF; Source: Unknown)
Task Sequence Engine failed! Code: enExecutionFail
Task sequence execution failed with error code 80004005
Error Task Sequence Manager failed to execute task sequence. Code 0x80004005
I tried rebooting the system after this to see if it had completed successfully anyway. The system attempted to boot to PXE as if there was no bootable OS on the drive.
If USB drive is unplugged beforehand, the whole deploy process completes with no errors.
How can I fix this so the USB can be left plugged in? I wouldn't mind having to unplug the drive but I am trying to set this up for helpdesk users who may forget to unplug and waste time having to redo the process.
Wednesday, August 15, 2012 1:42 PM
What kind of USB drive is that ? is it a recognized as a fixed disk (external usb drive) or a removable disk (USB Thumb drive) ?
there could be an issue if you use a USB external hard drive (just guessing there)
David Sebban | Nelite North America | http://www.nelite.com/community/b/dsebban/default.aspx
Wednesday, August 15, 2012 7:27 PM
It's a Kingston DT101G2 thumb drive. I just checked and it shows up as a removable disk in the MDT command line.
I did some more testing - I have a Task that formats Disk 0 into 2 partitions before OS install. If the thumbdrive is plugged in during the format, the newly formatted Disk 0 partitions are assigned drive letters after the thumbdrive.
For example, if the drive was originally formatted with 2 partitions, upon booting from USB it will be assigned C and D, and the thumbdrive E. After the format task, Disk 0 will have drive letters F and G. If the thumbdrive is removed after this takes place, I get the error. If the thumbdrive is removed before starting the whole task sequence, Disk 0 gets drive letters C and D and the whole process completes successfully.
Monday, March 25, 2013 10:09 PMI am seeing the same thing, though I only make one partition on Disk 0. Is there any other way around this besides removing the flash drive? I am also using a Kingston drive that is seen as a removable drive.