I have been making backups via MDT 2008, recently we created our image in 2010, so I have been attempting to update our deployment shares. Everything works except the backup.
I have tried using OSDComputerName=%ComputerName% in a very non-scientific manner, but it basically killed the deployment share. This is an LTI deployment, 2k-> XP and XP-> XP, USMT 3.0.
I have tried adding BackupFile=%ComputerName%.wim and BackupDrive=C:, and no difference. The really strange thing is that I get no error message.
Any Ideas would be greatly appreciated.
Before I used this approach I could only get the first captured system to save to the deployemnt share. If I wanted to capture another system I had to delete the previous wim from the Captures folder I even had to delete the first capture that I imported before the above would work.
I am using MDT 2010 and MS-SQL Server 2008 Express for the MDT database for LTI deployments.
The "OSDComputerName" property can be configured in the MDT database for assignment to a PC based on MAC, Serial, UUID or Asset Tag.
There is also a db property for "ComputerName" but the MDT documentation says this does not work and to use the "OSDComputerName" property.
They're daisy chained in some manner, if you set one before the other it gets an override, there was a post on it from Mike or Tim Mintner a month or so ago, i can't remember the order, i want to say OSDComputerName wins out over ComputerName which wins out over ??? (i forget the third, not enough redbull this morning!)
Say you set OSDComputerName = XYZ
and Computername = ZYX
The computername will be XYZ
I am not actually using OSDComputerName because it is an LTI deployment (albeit unattended, and remotely executed, etc). I am not using the MDT database.
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LoadStateArgs=/v:5 /c /lac
In my K-12 school we use folder redirection and all staff, teachers and students have a home folder on a server. For anyone using a laptop that is used somewhere other than at school folder synchronization is also applied so they have a copy of their files when not at school.
This means that there is no data on a PC that is user specific. Anything on the desktop is not sunchronized and the users are told not to store any files directly on the desktop.
There is no user data that is only stored on a specific PC, so if there is a problem with a PC it just gets reimaged and there is no need to be concerned with what is not supposed to be on it.
I use a "Sysprep and Capture" only to capture an OS that has apps and a customized user profile so that deployment time can be shortened.
The backup %compuername%.wim is not being created.
I have stopped the deployment after the OS Install to verify that no backup exists...
I have looked at all log files for backup and error, and found no issues...
I have verified that Imagex is in the tools folder...
I have changed the customsettings.ini file numerous ways. These settings worked under MDT 2008.
ComputerBackupLocation=AUTO (I have specified NETWORK also)
BackupShare=\\xstorage01\usmt\MigData (I have been and continue to use this share for MDT 2008)
BackupDir=%ComputerName% (have tried with and without specifying this)
BackupFile=%ComputerName%.wim (have tried with and without specifying this)
This is an LTI process. I tried changing to OSDComputerName with evil results.
This is what was recommended to nme on this forum and was worked without any problem.
Greetings, a question: how do I save the backup on an external hard drive or USB. I appreciate if I can help.
Still use the BackupShare variable and use a drive letter instead of a UNC. You'll need to come up with some method of determining the driver letter to use though.
You'll want to run a script to identify some unique way of identifying the drive letter of the external device, probably using WMI.
There are any number of ways of doing this. If its the same drive each time then you could use the PNP ID, if it may be different drives each time then you could make sure it's named the same each time, for example "ExternalHDD". From whatever your unique identifier is, calculate the drive letter used and save it to an MDT variable. Then set your CS.ini to BackupShare=\\%MyDrive%\Captures