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  • Question

  • Hello everyone,

    I found the following instructions on the internet to install multiple operating systems from a USB stick:
    http://www.com-magazin.de/praxis/win...ick-66272.html

    I went completely according to the instructions, the following problem occurs:
    When I boot from the USB stick, comes the selection screen if I want to install 32 or 64 bit, then I click on one of the two. Then the background from MDT come where there should be the choice of operating systems. After about 10-20 seconds, it simply reboots.

    Does anyone have an idea to how I can get the problem under control?
    My guess is that the MDT is looking for a network path that does not find it and then restarts?

    Thanks in advance

    Greetings

    thimo



    Auf deutsch:

    Hallo Ihr Lieben,

    ich hab im Internet folgende Anleitung gefunden, um mehrere Betriebssysteme von einem USB-Stick aus zu installieren:
    http://www.com-magazin.de/praxis/win...ick-66272.html

    Ich bin komplett nach der Anleitung gegangen, folgendes Problem tritt auf:
    Wenn ich vom USB-Stick boote, kommt der Auswahlbildschirm, ob ich 32 oder 64 Bit installieren will, dann klicke ich eins von beiden an. Dann kommt der Hintergrund vom MDT wo eigentlich die Auswahl der Betriebssysteme stehen sollte. Nach ca. 10-20 Sekunden startet er einfach neu.

    Hat jemand dazu eine Idee, wie ich das Problem in den Griff bekomme?
    Meine Vermutung ist, dass das MDT nach einem Netzwerkpfad sucht, den es nicht findet und dann neu startet?!

    Vielen Dank im Voraus

    Liebe Grüße

    Thimo

    Thursday, June 13, 2013 9:13 AM

All replies

  • Looks like the link got shortened for some reason, can you post the full link so we can look at what directions you followed?  I'm not sure if you are using the Deployment Share or Offline Media for your USB stick.

    David Coulter | http://DCtheGeek.blogspot.com | @DCtheGeek

    Thursday, June 13, 2013 2:52 PM
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  • He is referring to this German article: http://www.com-magazin.de/praxis/windows/12-mal-windows-stick-66272.html?page=3_windows-setup-stick-fertigstellen

    I can't see any errors in it while having a quick look. (I am a German native speaker)
    It describes e.g. to import drivers and use the offline media feature from MDT.

    Could you describe in more detail how you copied the files to the USB drive?
    The article explains several options.

    Personally I use a totally different approach in production.
    Not using any strange third party tools like "com! Microsoft Setup Center" or "Rufus" at all.
    Robocopy and diskpart can do the job just fine (do not rely on such large robocopy jobs in production...)

    Did you already try to recreate the Media?

    Thursday, June 13, 2013 5:46 PM
  • You may try formatting with FAT32.  I've not used a process like the one in the guide before, but the FS format I have found to be sometimes an issue by the methods I've used.

     It's clear you've put a lot of effort into this so far and you probably want to make it work, so I hope you'll forgive me for suggesting an alternative at this point.  I've had great success with WinSetupFromUSB from some folks at MSFN.org.  It'll automate the task of creating the Grub4DOS menu and transferring the installation files, and multiple Windows (and Linux) versions can be installed on one USB stick (one at a time).  Simply mount an iso and point to the drive.  It does nothing to incorporate service packs, patches, and drivers, however, so it may not be what you're looking for, but there are some nice GUI applications to do that, as well.  You might try the folks at Reboot.pro or other tutorials at RMPrepUSB, as well.

    I hope you get it worked out, however you go.
    Thursday, June 13, 2013 9:31 PM
  • Latest MDT support crossplatform tasksequence selction so you don't have to follow the german guide you provided.

    In the MDT help, section "Create Bootable Devices from Deployment Media" you will find how to create a bootable USB stick.

    When your usb stick is ready (yes it can be NTFS). Select generate x86 bootimages in deploymentshare media. Update deploymentshare media and copy the content\* to your USB.

    Friday, June 14, 2013 11:37 AM
  • The best way, in my experience, when using Offline Media is to generate the ISO file for the Media (using Update Media Content).  Then, use the Windows 7 CD/DVD Tool to "burn" the ISO to your Flash Drive.  Then you don't have to worry about messing with formatting the Flash Drive by hand!

    Note that this will always format the Flash Drive as NTFS.  If you are trying to boot a UEFI machine, you'll need to manually format the Drive as FAT32 and copy the entire contents of the ISO to the flash drive using something like xcopy (Example steps here: http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/samsungpcgeneral/thread/e7ed293e-b565-44ee-a536-166dddf32205/).


    David Coulter | http://DCtheGeek.blogspot.com | @DCtheGeek

    Saturday, June 15, 2013 2:20 AM
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  • The best way, in my experience, when using Offline Media is to generate the ISO file for the Media (using Update Media Content).  Then, use the Windows 7 CD/DVD Tool to "burn" the ISO to your Flash Drive.  Then you don't have to worry about messing with formatting the Flash Drive by hand!

    Note that this will always format the Flash Drive as NTFS.  If you are trying to boot a UEFI machine, you'll need to manually format the Drive as FAT32 and copy the entire contents of the ISO to the flash drive using something like xcopy (Example steps here: http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/samsungpcgeneral/thread/e7ed293e-b565-44ee-a536-166dddf32205/).


    David Coulter | http://DCtheGeek.blogspot.com | @DCtheGeek


    Wow, I did not know Windows 7 can "burn" iso to a flashdrive. Very cool indeed.
    Monday, June 17, 2013 7:53 AM
  • Wow, I did not know Windows 7 can "burn" iso to a flashdrive. Very cool indeed.

    Yup, you can find it here: http://www.microsoftstore.com/store/msusa/html/pbPage.Help_Win7_usbdvd_dwnTool

    There are also some other good free utils for simply making a USB Flash Drive from an ISO if you don't want to use the diskpart / xcopy method manually.


    David Coulter | http://DCtheGeek.blogspot.com | @DCtheGeek

    Monday, June 17, 2013 2:46 PM
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