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Windows Could not parse or process unattend answer RRS feed

  • Question

  • I am getting the message below when I try to deploy any image.  All my deploy tasks where working fine.  No changes where made, this issue just showed up out of nowhere.  I never edited the unattend.xml at all, everything is default.  

    Any suggestions? 

    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.  

    Monday, July 15, 2013 5:17 PM

Answers

  • IE10 Bug, comment out the welcome message as below example, or remove IE10.

     <component name="Microsoft-Windows-IE-InternetExplorer" processorArchitecture="x86" 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>http://www.elmhurst205.org</Home_Page>     <!-- <IEWelcomeMsg>false</IEWelcomeMsg> -->    </component>

    • Proposed as answer by Nick Ourso Monday, July 15, 2013 8:44 PM
    • Marked as answer by The Superman Tuesday, July 16, 2013 1:53 PM
    Monday, July 15, 2013 6:55 PM
  • The Task Sequence Unattend.xml templates are stored here: C:\Program Files\Microsoft Deployment Toolkit\Templates

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

    Monday, July 15, 2013 8:46 PM
    Answerer

All replies

  • IE10 Bug, comment out the welcome message as below example, or remove IE10.

     <component name="Microsoft-Windows-IE-InternetExplorer" processorArchitecture="x86" 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>http://www.elmhurst205.org</Home_Page>     <!-- <IEWelcomeMsg>false</IEWelcomeMsg> -->    </component>

    • Proposed as answer by Nick Ourso Monday, July 15, 2013 8:44 PM
    • Marked as answer by The Superman Tuesday, July 16, 2013 1:53 PM
    Monday, July 15, 2013 6:55 PM
  • I'm going to try this.  But I'm not sure why this problem wouldn't have presented itself earlier.  As I said, nothing changed.  
    Monday, July 15, 2013 7:16 PM
  • The other fairly likely issue is injecting a ComputerName that is too long (beyond 15 characters) or containing special characters.  If indeed nothing has changed, then it may be this issue instead of the IE10 bug that @tiptronic13 pointed out.  Check the bdd.log or ZTIGather.log to see what the machine name was and determine if it fails to meet the naming standards, then adjust as needed.


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

    Monday, July 15, 2013 7:42 PM
    Answerer
  • I have a variable in my customsettings.ini that names the computer what ever the service tag is.  So that's about 7 characters of just letters or numbers.  

    OSDComputerName=%SerialNumber%

    Monday, July 15, 2013 7:48 PM
  • Removing the IE line worked!  Thanks.

    Do you think there is a way to fix this on a global level?  Meaning, if I create a new Task Sequence, I'll have to remove this line again, an again.  Is there a template or something that I can remove this line from?  

    Monday, July 15, 2013 8:26 PM
  • The Task Sequence Unattend.xml templates are stored here: C:\Program Files\Microsoft Deployment Toolkit\Templates

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

    Monday, July 15, 2013 8:46 PM
    Answerer
  • MDt 2013 fixes this bug fwiw. For now it is added to my checklist before imaging ;) Glad it work, please mark solved :)

    http://www.deploymentresearch.com/Research/tabid/62/EntryId/93/What-s-really-new-in-MDT-2013-preview.aspx


    • Edited by tiptronic13 Monday, July 15, 2013 9:01 PM grammer
    Monday, July 15, 2013 8:48 PM