Friday, January 11, 2013 4:50 PM
We're having some problems using MDT when creating partitions, we want MDT to create 3 partitions for us during our Windows 7 deployment - one for recovery, one for the OSDisk and a System partition with boot files.
As far as i'm aware if the option 'Create extra active partition' in the 'Format and Partition' stage is enabled this should create and enable the system partition. This doesn't seem to be happening, MDT creates the recovery partition and the OSDisk but the 'extra active partition' to be used as the system partition isn't created.
I know I could add a step and use bcdboot and bcdedit to manually create this but i'm guessing that's not the normal practice?.... Please can you advise where you think I might be going wrong?
Friday, January 11, 2013 7:21 PMCan you post your task sequence somewhere it can be downloaded from, or snapshots of your relevant TS step?
Friday, January 11, 2013 7:58 PM
Thanks for your reply, please find attached snapshot. I've done some further testing and discovered that if I remove the 2 extra partitions I've created (System and Recovery) and leave "create extra active partition" enabled then MDT does create and configure the system partition alongside the OSDisk .... When I've got the extra partitions in the task sequence then 'System' is not configured.
I've also tested this by just creating 2 partitions (Recovery and OSDisk) and leaving MDT to create the System partition - this also doesn't work and I only end up with the 2 partitions I create - the system partition is not created.
The only way I can seem to get MDT to create and configure the System partition is to only create the one partition - this way MDT does create both the OSDisk and the system partition, because we want to include a recovery environment we need to create this extra 'recovery' partition
We need this to be separate as we may enable bitlocker at a later date.
Friday, January 11, 2013 9:42 PMThanks, I also need the "inside" of each.
- Edited by Amnon Feiner Friday, January 11, 2013 9:44 PM
Monday, January 14, 2013 10:00 AM
Thanks for you're reply, please find attached image as requested
Monday, January 14, 2013 2:43 PMI just ran this on a VMWare based machine without the variables and had no problems. If you still have issues, you can create the partition with the diskpart command by creating a diskpart file, place it in the scripts folder and calling it with something like "Diskpart.exe /S %SCRIPTROOT%\Diskpart.txt" and point the install OS for partition 2.
UPDATE: I forgot to mention, I put the system partition first.
- Edited by Amnon Feiner Monday, January 14, 2013 5:23 PM