Hello all,

I am trying to image a machine with the K2000 trial (moving away from Altiris) but have yet to successfully deploy Windows 7 using the K2000. I have imported 2 source media. One is a .WIM file that is basically just Windows 7 x64 with some additional updates and drivers injected. The other source media is just the Windows 7 SP1 x64 DVD. I have tried creating a deployment job that uses my WIM file and the unattend.xml file we have been using with Altiris Deployment Solution but that results in a "No Bootmgr.exe found" message. My unattend.xml file is a working silent install which handles all the partitioning, etc. I then decided to try using just the DVD media and use the install wizard to set the silent options. This also gave me the same error. When watching the system run either job, I can see it PXE boot, then run DISKPART, then it flashes something and immediately reboots.

I have set both of the above mentioned tasks to halt on error. Only once did that actually work. The message it gave me was a small popup window that said "0".

If anyone has any pointers or ideas, they would be most appreciated. I was looking on the Kace site through the knowledge base but did not see any helpful instructions on how to deploy Windows 7 with the K2000.

Thanks!
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Did you upload an ISO or a physical CD?

Also have you tried on a different machine?
Answered 01/09/2012 by: dchristian
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It was an ISO direct from Microsoft of Windows 7 64bit with SP1.

I have tried on more than machine but still no luck.

I was able to take one of these machines, image it with Altiris, and then pull up a k-image with the K2000. After that, I was able to redeploy back to the same box with no problem but it did take over 30 minutes to image. My WIM image file for Windows 7 64bit is 4.3GB. After deploying and pulling up as a k-image it grew to 9.5GB. With Altiris it never takes more than 10 minutes to deploy an image. I attribute the 30 minute deploy time of the k-image to the larger file size. What is not clear to me is why the image grew so much?

When I had deployed with Altiris, the image is sysprepped and I pulled it up before it was allowed to boot to production. WIM is a file-based image and so is k-image so I am unsure as to why the image has doubled in size.

Any thoughts?
Answered 01/11/2012 by: diskserious
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WIM files have natural compression built into them.

This will probably account for the size difference.

When you upload the ISO, did you make sure to mount or extract the ISO first?

The K2 will not accept the raw ISO format.
Answered 01/11/2012 by: dchristian
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Would be nice if the K2 threw an an error though :)
Answered 01/11/2012 by: Wize
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What image type will it take I am having the same issues. I personally have never dealt with anything other thatn ISO's.
Answered 01/31/2012 by: Seyeradmin
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Just mount the iso and upload from the mounted drive letter. I use Virtual Clone Drive since it doesn't cause a reboot after install, but there are many others out there such as Deamon Tools.
Answered 02/02/2012 by: cblake
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So you upload from the actual inserted media not a single ISO file?

That is what I am reading into what you said.
Answered 02/06/2012 by: Seyeradmin
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Wow ok that worked but this time I get to the setup splash screen for windows 7 and it errors saying that a critical boot driver is missing.

I am guessing that I need to do a driver harvest on a running install on this machine or gather the f6 drivers from ASUS?
Answered 02/06/2012 by: Seyeradmin
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More spcifically it says "Windows Setup could not install one or more boot-critical drivers, to install Windows, make sure that the drivers are valid, and restart the installation."
Answered 02/06/2012 by: Seyeradmin
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If you'd normally have to load drivers for windows, then yes, you'll need to upload them. But more often- when this message is seen, it means there are too many drivers available and you have a conflict. It's more of an issue in Win7 than other OS's because the Windows DVD contains so many drivers already that when we upload a chipset/mass storage/etc driver that windows needs during install it can conflict with the OS and cause this message.
Removing the drivers you've added and only adding the ones that you need (determined by testing a scripted install without drivers in the share) is the best path to resolution. There are many posts in this forum about this specific issue.

There's also a driver feed tool that helps a lot: http://itninja.com/question/silent-uninstall-oracle-8-cilent9275
Answered 02/07/2012 by: cblake
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