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Can't add a Boot image, please help RRS feed

  • Question

  • I have been having trouble with setting up PXE and booting and we suspected there were issues with PXE and WDS.

    I unchecked PXE and uninstalled the WDS role. 

    I also deleted the boot images (x86 and x64).

    Now I'm having trouble re-adding boot images. 

    I tried with WAIK command the copype.cmd amd65 d:\temp\winpe64, that didn't create the files I needed, as boot wizard would detect no boot information when I'd select the .wim in the wizard. 

    Then I read that I may need Windows ADK instead, so I uninstalled WAIK and installed Windows ADK 8 and ran copype.cmd amd64 d:\winpe, that appeared to generate a boot.wim that the wizard would detect.

    However, I cannot complete the Add Boot Image Wizard. it now throws me this error:

    "The specified file is invalid. Only maximum compression type is supported. "

    This error does not appear anywhere else on Google, so I'm really worried there's no solution. 

    What can I do to just simply re-add the boot files for Windows 7 imaging? 

    Friday, March 28, 2014 3:06 AM

All replies

  • First, are you using ConfigMgr 2012 RTM, SP1 or R2? There are different requirements for boot images in these, RTM uses WAIK (Windows PE 3.1), SP1 uses ADK (Windows PE 4.0), R2 uses ADK8.1 (Windows PE 5.0).

    Here's a guide how to do it with ConfigMgr 2012 SP1:

    http://social.technet.microsoft.com/wiki/contents/articles/16233.how-to-create-or-re-create-a-default-sccm-boot-image-windows-pe-4-0-for-sccm-2012-sp1.aspx

    I also think you could change the compression type of the image if it's not accepting the one that's used... This could be done with DISM (http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh825258.aspx)

    Friday, March 28, 2014 4:00 AM
  • First, are you using ConfigMgr 2012 RTM, SP1 or R2? There are different requirements for boot images in these, RTM uses WAIK (Windows PE 3.1), SP1 uses ADK (Windows PE 4.0), R2 uses ADK8.1 (Windows PE 5.0).

    Here's a guide how to do it with ConfigMgr 2012 SP1:

    http://social.technet.microsoft.com/wiki/contents/articles/16233.how-to-create-or-re-create-a-default-sccm-boot-image-windows-pe-4-0-for-sccm-2012-sp1.aspx

    I also think you could change the compression type of the image if it's not accepting the one that's used... This could be done with DISM (http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh825258.aspx)

    Hi, thanks for the reply.

    Well, it's 2012, but I don't see anywhere that it says SP1. I tried installing SP1, and it tells me CU2 is required. When I went to install CU2, it said it was already installed. So I really have no idea. Most normal programs would say if SP was installed. 

    Help > About says version 5.0.7711.0.

    As for the wiki link you sent me, I'm not sure I follow. It says "Extract boot.wim from ..\sources\ Folder and copy to SCCM DP-Share". What does it mean by extract? Just navigate to sources folder and copy the boot.wim file, then paste it somewhere? I don't know which share to put it in. Can I put it in any folder or does it have to be a shared folder in a certain path? 
    What does it mean by "integrate"? Just launch the add boot image wizard again? Or is this done through commands. 
    I thought I already did this anyway which resulted in the error in post? 

    As for the DISM, I'm not sure on that one. Do I have to mount the wim file first or can I compress it inline with one command to Maximum? I've never heard of having to do that before unless I was capturing an image for the first time. 


    • Edited by JGQ85 Friday, March 28, 2014 4:24 AM
    Friday, March 28, 2014 4:23 AM
  • 5.0.7711.0 is RTM (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/System_Center_Configuration_Manager), so the Wiki link I sent you also states that those steps are different for WAIK which you'll need to re-add the boot images. You copy your boot .wim to your SOURCES -share (where you put all your packages, applications, os images etc.) and the from the console you import that boot image to ConfigMgr. 

    You could also check your ConfigMgr installation directory, you should be able to find the default boot images from there and just reimport them from there.

    Friday, March 28, 2014 4:48 AM
  • You are trying to create new boot image using Windows 7 source, Can you try to create MDT boot image? which is not required any source boot.wim itself will create the boot image. or you can create boot image and the boot image can be found from SCCM installed \\SCCMSERVERNAME\SMS_SITECODE\OSD\boot

    Friday, March 28, 2014 4:53 AM
  • 5.0.7711.0 is RTM (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/System_Center_Configuration_Manager), so the Wiki link I sent you also states that those steps are different for WAIK which you'll need to re-add the boot images. You copy your boot .wim to your SOURCES -share (where you put all your packages, applications, os images etc.) and the from the console you import that boot image to ConfigMgr. 

    You could also check your ConfigMgr installation directory, you should be able to find the default boot images from there and just reimport them from there.

    Should I wipe server RTM and go with 2012 SP1? there's nothing on this server that I rely on. We have access to any edition with licenses. 

    Friday, March 28, 2014 5:03 AM
  • I'd always use the latest version if possible.

    Torsten Meringer | http://www.mssccmfaq.de

    Friday, March 28, 2014 8:08 AM
  • You are trying to create new boot image using Windows 7 source, Can you try to create MDT boot image? which is not required any source boot.wim itself will create the boot image. or you can create boot image and the boot image can be found from SCCM installed \\SCCMSERVERNAME\SMS_SITECODE\OSD\boot

    Hi how do I do that? 
    Friday, March 28, 2014 12:55 PM
  • I'd always use the latest version if possible.

    Torsten Meringer | http://www.mssccmfaq.de

    I only have EndPoint protection on a few clients, and a few SCCM laptops with the Client.

    Should I uninstall the software from them first before I wipe the server and install SCCM2012 SP1 from scratch? Or will that corrupt the clients? 
    I'm uncomfortable with simply upgrading through 8 revisions something tells me it wont' work right. 

    Friday, March 28, 2014 1:55 PM
  • I've deleted the server in VSphere, spinning up a new one. Going to try latest R2 on Server 2012 
    Friday, March 28, 2014 2:15 PM
  • You could've done it by upgrading RTM -> SP1 -> R2. Now you have to configure boundaries, discovery methods etc. all over again.

    If you're new to ConfigMgr, take a look at http://www.windows-noob.com for some excellent guides on how to get started.

    Friday, March 28, 2014 5:25 PM
  • Out of interest, did you/do you have McAfee AV installed on this server with the On-Access scanner enabled?
    Friday, March 28, 2014 5:33 PM
  • You could've done it by upgrading RTM -> SP1 -> R2. Now you have to configure boundaries, discovery methods etc. all over again.

    If you're new to ConfigMgr, take a look at http://www.windows-noob.com for some excellent guides on how to get started.

    Yeah I understand, no boundaries were configured or anything. 

    Co-worker wanted Server 2012 on the box anyways instead of 2008. 

    So I just wiped, now I've got Server 2012 on there and finally SCCM 2012 R2 on there, after lots of pre-requisite setups. Too bad that can't be automated in the install, would really save a lot of time. 

    Component statuses seem fine so from here I guess I'm good to go, especially now that I can follow along with the windows-noob guides. 

    Thanks 

    Friday, March 28, 2014 7:02 PM
  • If you had managed clients, you did have boundaries.
    Friday, March 28, 2014 7:10 PM
  • Ok I see what you're saying. From what I remember it was just subnet IDs and Active Directory discovery setup. I remember network discovery was annoying because I couldn't run it on demand without having to change the schedule. 
    Friday, March 28, 2014 7:18 PM