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  • Hello,

    I have read the other posts and have done google research but can't see why deployment stops in the middle with no error.

    -This is using OSD to a VM using Workstation 10

    -This seems to be happening right after image is applied the machine restarts and devices should be installed but it comes to a logon screen with local accounts(i created) other than "administrator" available to login with.

    -This has been a hit and miss. I have built reference images using VM's. When deploying the BDD.log shows that the image is applied by LTIApply and then OS restarts and comes to a login screen and stops. At times the process does work though and goes to the next step.

    -When it does process fine the next steps are for "Getting Devices Ready".

    -I have had most success with building a reference image configuring it taking snapshot capturing and then deploying the image.

    -At times when I have reverted back to a certain snapshot, made changes and did another capture the deployment process fails as mentioned. I don't think it is the capture though as capture completes with no errors.

    If anyone has pointers, please advise. I can attach the logs if need be. Thanks.

    • Edited by Girish Verma Monday, September 1, 2014 9:11 PM fix
    Monday, September 1, 2014 9:08 PM

Answers

  • Not really anything I see that stands out there.  Your admin account is configured with a PW and autologon is set.  Do you have access to a failed machine?  On that failed machine, you should be able to open the unattend logging --

    Item

    Log Path

    generalize

    %WINDIR%\System32\Sysprep\Panther

    specialize

    %WINDIR%\Panther\

    Unattended Windows setup actions

    %WINDIR%\Panther\Unattendgc

    Depending on phase, these are the locations of those logs.  You should get a better idea where it stopped in there. 

    • Marked as answer by Keith GarnerMVP Tuesday, September 2, 2014 4:49 PM
    • Unmarked as answer by Girish Verma Tuesday, September 2, 2014 5:46 PM
    • Proposed as answer by Keith GarnerMVP Friday, September 5, 2014 5:53 AM
    • Marked as answer by Girish Verma Monday, September 8, 2014 6:18 PM
    Tuesday, September 2, 2014 3:57 PM

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  • Can you post your unattend.xml please?
    Tuesday, September 2, 2014 1:59 PM
  • Hi MrBrooks, here is my unattend.xml  Thanks.

    <?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
    <unattend xmlns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:unattend">
        <settings pass="windowsPE">
            <component name="Microsoft-Windows-Setup" processorArchitecture="amd64" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS" xmlns:wcm="http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State">
                <ImageInstall>
                    <OSImage>
                        <WillShowUI>OnError</WillShowUI>
                        <InstallTo>
                            <DiskID>0</DiskID>
                            <PartitionID>1</PartitionID>
                        </InstallTo>
                        <InstallFrom>
                            <Path>.\Operating Systems\Windows 8.1 Pro RBA DEI3\REFW81PRO-DEI3-001.wim</Path>
                            <MetaData>
                                <Key>/IMAGE/INDEX</Key>
                                <Value>1</Value>
                            </MetaData>
                        </InstallFrom>
                    </OSImage>
                </ImageInstall>
                <Display>
                    <ColorDepth>16</ColorDepth>
                    <HorizontalResolution>1024</HorizontalResolution>
                    <RefreshRate>60</RefreshRate>
                    <VerticalResolution>768</VerticalResolution>
                </Display>
                <ComplianceCheck>
                    <DisplayReport>OnError</DisplayReport>
                </ComplianceCheck>
                <UserData>
                    <AcceptEula>true</AcceptEula>
                    <ProductKey>
                        <Key></Key>
                    </ProductKey>
                </UserData>
            </component>
            <component name="Microsoft-Windows-International-Core-WinPE" 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">
                <SetupUILanguage>
                    <UILanguage>en-US</UILanguage>
                </SetupUILanguage>
                <InputLocale>0409:00000409</InputLocale>
                <SystemLocale>en-US</SystemLocale>
                <UILanguage>en-US</UILanguage>
                <UserLocale>en-US</UserLocale>
            </component>
        </settings>
        <settings pass="generalize">
            <component name="Microsoft-Windows-Shell-Setup" 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">
                <DoNotCleanTaskBar>true</DoNotCleanTaskBar>
            </component>
        </settings>
        <settings pass="specialize">
            <component name="Microsoft-Windows-UnattendedJoin" processorArchitecture="amd64" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS" xmlns:wcm="http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State">
                <Identification>
                    <Credentials>
                        <Username></Username>
                        <Domain></Domain>
                        <Password></Password>
                    </Credentials>
                    <JoinDomain></JoinDomain>
                    <JoinWorkgroup></JoinWorkgroup>
                    <MachineObjectOU></MachineObjectOU>
                </Identification>
            </component>
            <component name="Microsoft-Windows-Shell-Setup" processorArchitecture="amd64" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS" xmlns:wcm="http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State">
                <ComputerName></ComputerName>
                <ProductKey></ProductKey>
                <RegisteredOrganization></RegisteredOrganization>
                <RegisteredOwner>Information Technology</RegisteredOwner>
                <DoNotCleanTaskBar>true</DoNotCleanTaskBar>
                <TimeZone>Pacific Standard Time</TimeZone>
                <CopyProfile>true</CopyProfile>
            </component>
            <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">
                <Home_Page></Home_Page>
                <DisableWelcomePage>true</DisableWelcomePage>
                <DisableFirstRunWizard>false</DisableFirstRunWizard>
            </component>
            <component name="Microsoft-Windows-Deployment" 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">
                <RunSynchronous>
                    <RunSynchronousCommand wcm:action="add">
                        <Description>EnableAdmin</Description>
                        <Order>1</Order>
                        <Path>cmd /c net user Administrator /active:yes</Path>
                    </RunSynchronousCommand>
                    <RunSynchronousCommand wcm:action="add">
                        <Description>UnfilterAdministratorToken</Description>
                        <Order>2</Order>
                        <Path>cmd /c reg add HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System /v FilterAdministratorToken /t REG_DWORD /d 0 /f</Path>
                    </RunSynchronousCommand>
                    <RunSynchronousCommand wcm:action="add">
                        <Description>disable user account page</Description>
                        <Order>3</Order>
                        <Path>reg add HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Setup\OOBE /v UnattendCreatedUser /t REG_DWORD /d 1 /f</Path>
                    </RunSynchronousCommand>
                </RunSynchronous>
            </component>
            <component name="Microsoft-Windows-International-Core" 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">
                <InputLocale>0409:00000409</InputLocale>
                <SystemLocale>en-US</SystemLocale>
                <UILanguage>en-US</UILanguage>
                <UserLocale>en-US</UserLocale>
            </component>
            <component name="Microsoft-Windows-TapiSetup" 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">
                <TapiConfigured>0</TapiConfigured>
                <TapiUnattendLocation>
                    <AreaCode>""</AreaCode>
                    <CountryOrRegion>1</CountryOrRegion>
                    <LongDistanceAccess>9</LongDistanceAccess>
                    <OutsideAccess>9</OutsideAccess>
                    <PulseOrToneDialing>1</PulseOrToneDialing>
                    <DisableCallWaiting>""</DisableCallWaiting>
                    <InternationalCarrierCode>""</InternationalCarrierCode>
                    <LongDistanceCarrierCode>""</LongDistanceCarrierCode>
                    <Name>Default</Name>
                </TapiUnattendLocation>
            </component>
            <component name="Microsoft-Windows-SystemRestore-Main" 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">
                <DisableSR>1</DisableSR>
            </component>
        </settings>
        <settings pass="oobeSystem">
            <component name="Microsoft-Windows-Shell-Setup" processorArchitecture="amd64" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS" xmlns:wcm="http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State">
                <UserAccounts>
                    <AdministratorPassword>
                        <Value>UABAAHMAcwB3ADAAcgBkAEEAZABtAGkAbgBpAHMAdAByAGEAdABvAHIAUABhAHMAcwB3AG8AcgBkAA==</Value>
                        <PlainText>false</PlainText>
                    </AdministratorPassword>
                </UserAccounts>
                <AutoLogon>
                    <Enabled>true</Enabled>
                    <Username>Administrator</Username>
                    <Domain>.</Domain>
                    <Password>
                        <Value>UABAAHMAcwB3ADAAcgBkAFAAYQBzAHMAdwBvAHIAZAA=</Value>
                        <PlainText>false</PlainText>
                    </Password>
                    <LogonCount>10</LogonCount>
                </AutoLogon>
                <Display>
                    <ColorDepth>32</ColorDepth>
                    <HorizontalResolution>1024</HorizontalResolution>
                    <RefreshRate>60</RefreshRate>
                    <VerticalResolution>768</VerticalResolution>
                </Display>
                <FirstLogonCommands>
                    <SynchronousCommand wcm:action="add">
                        <CommandLine>wscript.exe %SystemDrive%\LTIBootstrap.vbs</CommandLine>
                        <Description>Lite Touch new OS</Description>
                        <Order>1</Order>
                    </SynchronousCommand>
                </FirstLogonCommands>
                <OOBE>
                    <HideEULAPage>true</HideEULAPage>
                    <NetworkLocation>Work</NetworkLocation>
                    <ProtectYourPC>1</ProtectYourPC>
                    <HideWirelessSetupInOOBE>true</HideWirelessSetupInOOBE>
                </OOBE>
                <RegisteredOrganization></RegisteredOrganization>
                <RegisteredOwner>Information Technology</RegisteredOwner>
                <TimeZone></TimeZone>
            </component>
            <component name="Microsoft-Windows-International-Core" 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">
                <InputLocale>0409:00000409</InputLocale>
                <SystemLocale>en-US</SystemLocale>
                <UILanguage>en-US</UILanguage>
                <UserLocale>en-US</UserLocale>
            </component>
        </settings>
        <settings pass="offlineServicing">
            <component name="Microsoft-Windows-PnpCustomizationsNonWinPE" 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">
                <DriverPaths>
                    <PathAndCredentials wcm:keyValue="1" wcm:action="add">
                        <Path>\Drivers</Path>
                    </PathAndCredentials>
                </DriverPaths>
            </component>
        </settings>
        <cpi:offlineImage cpi:source="catalog://hqvpwwds01/mdtproduction$/operating systems/windows 8.1 pro rba dei3/refw81pro-dei3-001_cap_w8prox64-001cdrive.clg" xmlns:cpi="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:cpi" />
    </unattend>


    Tuesday, September 2, 2014 3:49 PM
  • Not really anything I see that stands out there.  Your admin account is configured with a PW and autologon is set.  Do you have access to a failed machine?  On that failed machine, you should be able to open the unattend logging --

    Item

    Log Path

    generalize

    %WINDIR%\System32\Sysprep\Panther

    specialize

    %WINDIR%\Panther\

    Unattended Windows setup actions

    %WINDIR%\Panther\Unattendgc

    Depending on phase, these are the locations of those logs.  You should get a better idea where it stopped in there. 

    • Marked as answer by Keith GarnerMVP Tuesday, September 2, 2014 4:49 PM
    • Unmarked as answer by Girish Verma Tuesday, September 2, 2014 5:46 PM
    • Proposed as answer by Keith GarnerMVP Friday, September 5, 2014 5:53 AM
    • Marked as answer by Girish Verma Monday, September 8, 2014 6:18 PM
    Tuesday, September 2, 2014 3:57 PM
  • Great I will try to take a look. Unattend.xml did look OK to me as well. I actually built a VM from scratch and was able to take a good reference image and deploy it. I will setup a test VM again and check out those logs as I finally got an image ready for PROD use and it is working well.

    It also seems that this happens when i revert back to a certain snapshot for a given VM > add changes > re capture again > deploy the image. I'll update my post accordingly. Thanks for the pointers :)

    Thanks.

    Tuesday, September 2, 2014 4:04 PM
  • Note, you must sysprep the image before capturing, that is a hard requirement.

    Otherwise, I would follow the advice of MrBrooks to see if the Panther logs have anything to say about it. If you need help, please upload the logs to a public site like onedrive and share the link here.


    Keith Garner - Principal Consultant [owner] - http://DeploymentLive.com

    Tuesday, September 2, 2014 4:49 PM
  • Hi Keith,

    Yes I am doing sysprep before capturing. We have just moved over to MDT 2013 from Ghost and my whole setup is based on Deployment Fundamentals Vol 4 book. :)

    I will do capture > deployment and see how it works. I will post the logs accordingly. Cheers.

    Tuesday, September 2, 2014 5:00 PM
  • Hi folks, thank you for the reply backs. I am going to close off this thread. I am not seeing this issue anymore. I simply deleted the imported Win 8.1 OS in the build share, re imported Win 8.1 created a reference image (VM) took multiple snapshots after adding changes and did few deployments with no issues. I am not sure what it may have been but things are looking OK now. 

    Thank You to all who replied. :)

    Happy Imaging

    Monday, September 8, 2014 6:18 PM