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Can't get MDT imaging to work RRS feed

  • Question

  • This is driving me crazy.  I'm hoping someone here can help me out.  Here's the current configuration:

    Windows 7 PC
    4 GB RAM
    MDT 2012
    Windows AIK
    Windows ADK for 8.1

    I've created a vm for the reference image and have the .wim file ready to go.  The task has been created and I can boot to the deployment screen.  I make all my selections and the installation works fine.  Once it does it's first reboot, however, after a few minutes of finding and installing devices it errors out.

    The first error is "Windows could not parse or process unattend answer file [C:\windows\Panther\unattend.xml] for pass [specialize].  A component or setting specified in the answer file does not exist."

    I click OK on the window that popped up and the computer reboots, then I get another window that says "The computer restarted unexpectedly or encountered an unexpected error.  windows installation cannot proceed.  To install Windows, click "OK" to restart the computer, and then restart the installation."

    I've looked through the unattend.xml and I can't see where it's getting hung up.  I looked in the logs and can't see it there, either.

    Help?
    Monday, February 10, 2014 2:26 PM

Answers

  • Sounds like the IE10 bug. Did they never fix that?

    See here:

    http://www.deploymentresearch.com/Research/tabid/62/EntryId/101/Adding-Internet-Explorer-10-to-your-Windows-7-SP1-reference-image.aspx

    http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/c41a2b69-a591-4cd3-86ab-6a0f8a73b858/getting-windows-could-not-parse-or-process-the-unattend-answer-file-for-pass-specialize-with?forum=mdt

    http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=5&ved=0CFMQFjAE&url=http%3A%2F%2Fblogs.specopssoft.com%2F2013%2F05%2Fcapturing-and-deploying-error-with-ie-10.html&ei=RwD5UtbZCoer7Ab32gE&usg=AFQjCNF1zgMMw1RLaOBVy204FMb2hcMN7w&sig2=C5-lnk8NHBN_5yyBZmPttA&bvm=bv.60983673,d.ZGU

     Search and remove the Internet Explorer component from the “Specialize” section which will be similar to this:
    <component name="Microsoft-Windows-IE-InternetExplorer" processorArchitecture="amd64" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS" xmlns:wcm="http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance">
    
    <IEWelcomeMsg>false</IEWelcomeMsg>
    
    < /component>



    Monday, February 10, 2014 4:43 PM

All replies

  • Sounds like the IE10 bug. Did they never fix that?

    See here:

    http://www.deploymentresearch.com/Research/tabid/62/EntryId/101/Adding-Internet-Explorer-10-to-your-Windows-7-SP1-reference-image.aspx

    http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/c41a2b69-a591-4cd3-86ab-6a0f8a73b858/getting-windows-could-not-parse-or-process-the-unattend-answer-file-for-pass-specialize-with?forum=mdt

    http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=5&ved=0CFMQFjAE&url=http%3A%2F%2Fblogs.specopssoft.com%2F2013%2F05%2Fcapturing-and-deploying-error-with-ie-10.html&ei=RwD5UtbZCoer7Ab32gE&usg=AFQjCNF1zgMMw1RLaOBVy204FMb2hcMN7w&sig2=C5-lnk8NHBN_5yyBZmPttA&bvm=bv.60983673,d.ZGU

     Search and remove the Internet Explorer component from the “Specialize” section which will be similar to this:
    <component name="Microsoft-Windows-IE-InternetExplorer" processorArchitecture="amd64" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS" xmlns:wcm="http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance">
    
    <IEWelcomeMsg>false</IEWelcomeMsg>
    
    < /component>



    Monday, February 10, 2014 4:43 PM
  • The information should be in the panther logs, can you post the relevant "error" lines here?

    Keith Garner - keithga.wordpress.com

    Monday, February 10, 2014 6:09 PM
    Moderator
  • Sounds like the IE10 bug. Did they never fix that?

    See here:

    http://www.deploymentresearch.com/Research/tabid/62/EntryId/101/Adding-Internet-Explorer-10-to-your-Windows-7-SP1-reference-image.aspx

    http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/c41a2b69-a591-4cd3-86ab-6a0f8a73b858/getting-windows-could-not-parse-or-process-the-unattend-answer-file-for-pass-specialize-with?forum=mdt

    http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=5&ved=0CFMQFjAE&url=http%3A%2F%2Fblogs.specopssoft.com%2F2013%2F05%2Fcapturing-and-deploying-error-with-ie-10.html&ei=RwD5UtbZCoer7Ab32gE&usg=AFQjCNF1zgMMw1RLaOBVy204FMb2hcMN7w&sig2=C5-lnk8NHBN_5yyBZmPttA&bvm=bv.60983673,d.ZGU

     Search and remove the Internet Explorer component from the “Specialize” section which will be similar to this:
    <component name="Microsoft-Windows-IE-InternetExplorer" processorArchitecture="amd64" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS" xmlns:wcm="http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance">
    
    <IEWelcomeMsg>false</IEWelcomeMsg>
    
    < /component>



    JoeZeppy, I'm giving this a shot now.  Let's cross our fingers!  8)
    Monday, February 10, 2014 6:35 PM
  • The information should be in the panther logs, can you post the relevant "error" lines here?

    Keith Garner - keithga.wordpress.com

    Hi Keith.  Where would I find those logs?  On the MDT server I'm guessing?  If so, where (default location)?
    Monday, February 10, 2014 6:36 PM
  • Sounds like the IE10 bug. Did they never fix that?

    See here:

    http://www.deploymentresearch.com/Research/tabid/62/EntryId/101/Adding-Internet-Explorer-10-to-your-Windows-7-SP1-reference-image.aspx

    http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/c41a2b69-a591-4cd3-86ab-6a0f8a73b858/getting-windows-could-not-parse-or-process-the-unattend-answer-file-for-pass-specialize-with?forum=mdt

    http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=5&ved=0CFMQFjAE&url=http%3A%2F%2Fblogs.specopssoft.com%2F2013%2F05%2Fcapturing-and-deploying-error-with-ie-10.html&ei=RwD5UtbZCoer7Ab32gE&usg=AFQjCNF1zgMMw1RLaOBVy204FMb2hcMN7w&sig2=C5-lnk8NHBN_5yyBZmPttA&bvm=bv.60983673,d.ZGU

     Search and remove the Internet Explorer component from the “Specialize” section which will be similar to this:
    <component name="Microsoft-Windows-IE-InternetExplorer" processorArchitecture="amd64" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS" xmlns:wcm="http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance">
    
    <IEWelcomeMsg>false</IEWelcomeMsg>
    
    < /component>



    JoeZeppy, this did the trick.  It was indeed the IE10 issue and I used the first link you provided to change things so that it ignored the IE10 Welcome Page.  Thanks a ton!

    Now I just have to figure out how to add the ability to have the PC joined to the domain with the computer name I want to use as part of the MDT deployment and how to get the programs I want to install silently to actually install (Adobe Reader XI, as an example).

    Thanks!

    Monday, February 10, 2014 8:12 PM