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Offline Media Size Limit? RRS feed

  • Question

  • Running MDT 2013 with ADK 8.1 on Server 2008 R2.  Have had no issues so far with all the DeploymentShares I have created.  As well all Images up until now have been fine. 

    Largest Offline Media I have created thus far had a  "Content" folder which was 29.0 GB with the ISO coming out of it at 28.1 GB.

    Anyhow, I am on to a new Image and everything has been fine, up until the creation of the Offline Media.  When running the "Update Media Content", it appears to run fine.  However, it basically just hangs once the "Content" folder hits 29.5 GB in size.  At this point it is copying the "%DeploymentShare%\Tools\x64\BCDBoot.exe" file (which is 177 KB).

    Some other notes:

    • File is not corrupt, already checked it
    • Media is being created to "D" drive, not same drive as MDT Installation
    • I have full Admin Rights to all Drives and MDT is running with Administrative Rights
    • Have plenty of free space on the "D" drive (~1.5 TB)
    • All Drives are NTFS
    • I have tried shifting applications and even removing some.  So it does not always hang on the "BCDBoot.exe", but always does when the "Content" folder hits 29.5 GB...

    Haven't seen anything in documentation about any size limits.. 

    Anyone ever created Offline Media that had a Content folder larger than 29.5 GB or an ISO that was over 29.5 GB?


    • Edited by Mirfster Friday, January 30, 2015 9:58 PM
    Friday, January 30, 2015 9:57 PM

Answers

  • Just an update, I was able to get past this and generate the ISO.

    What I did was:

    • Delete the "MEDIA" (was "MEDIA004" in my case")
    • Delete the output folder
    • Cleared out the contents of "%UserProfile%\AppData\Local\Temp"
    • Rebooted
    • Re-Created the Media
    • Generated ISO

    Seems like it may have been my TEMP files or just a corrupted "MEDIA".  Either way, I am working now and will keep pushing the ISO size limits.  :)

    Would like to credit Johan for his suggestion on the TEMP directory from another thread (https://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/a64de455-6b25-4714-b61d-fc2565f3ce2f/mdt2013-will-not-create-isos?forum=mdt)


    • Marked as answer by Mirfster Monday, February 2, 2015 1:35 PM
    • Edited by Mirfster Monday, February 2, 2015 1:36 PM
    Monday, February 2, 2015 1:35 PM

All replies

  • Just an update, I was able to get past this and generate the ISO.

    What I did was:

    • Delete the "MEDIA" (was "MEDIA004" in my case")
    • Delete the output folder
    • Cleared out the contents of "%UserProfile%\AppData\Local\Temp"
    • Rebooted
    • Re-Created the Media
    • Generated ISO

    Seems like it may have been my TEMP files or just a corrupted "MEDIA".  Either way, I am working now and will keep pushing the ISO size limits.  :)

    Would like to credit Johan for his suggestion on the TEMP directory from another thread (https://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/a64de455-6b25-4714-b61d-fc2565f3ce2f/mdt2013-will-not-create-isos?forum=mdt)


    • Marked as answer by Mirfster Monday, February 2, 2015 1:35 PM
    • Edited by Mirfster Monday, February 2, 2015 1:36 PM
    Monday, February 2, 2015 1:35 PM
  • Just a FYI, I have heard Johan talk before about .wims larger than 75GB in size for big gaming machine builds for LAN parties, so I think the size limitation is pretty big. :)

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    Sunday, February 8, 2015 12:01 AM
  • Thanks for the info. I am pretty sure in the near future I may get close to that size for one of my clients.  They are wanting:

    • Win7 x86
    • Win 7 x64
    • Office 2007
    • Office 2010
    • Office 2013
    • Acrobat Pro
    • Visio 2013
    • Project Pro 2013
    • Drivers for ~10 models

    That is just their "starting point", let alone all the other "Standard" apps they will want.  I am thinking they want MDT to act like a poor mans SCCM.... :(

    Would be nice to have a thread where everyone mentioned the largest ISO they had to create.  :)

    Sunday, February 8, 2015 3:27 PM
  • That isnt too bad, we have developer builds that are around 32GB. 

    • Win7x64
    • Office 2010
    • Standard plugins (Flash, Reader, JRE, Silverlight, etc)
    • VS2008
    • VS2010
    • VS2012
    • SQL 2008 R2
    • SQL 2012
    • IIS

    Daniel Ratliff | http://www.PotentEngineer.com | @PotentEngineer

    Monday, February 9, 2015 1:34 AM