Dell Optiplex 7060 with "Optane technology"

I've got an interesting issue We're (thankfully) testing some new model types before ordering 100, and came across a particular setup which has been giving me nothing my grief so far.

Model: Dell Optiplex 7060 (Micro format)

Specs: 8gb ram, 512 gig HDD, 32 gig M.2 Optane Technology drive

My thinking is the Optane technology is part of the issue, I have loaded up the 7060 drivers into the feed, checked the usually suspects in the BIOS > UEFI, UEFI network stack, Secure boot off. Other normal 7060 models work just fine.

When we initially tried to install using our universal scripted image (1803 Windows ISO, with multiple deployment scripts) It would fail to apply partitions as no HDD could be detected.

Tried loading a Windows 10 USB drive, and wipe Drive 0, after doing this can't even get the machine to load up the K2000 - says no network connection as it loads up, prior to the selection of 'imaging, scripted image, capture etc...' Just gives an Error 53 unable to mount share. All other systems are still able to image without issues.

Any suggestions would be much appreciated, has anyone else encountered this?

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Posted by: Nico_K 2 years ago
Red Belt

Optane is a storage device (it caches the storage functionality)
Your issue is the network driver, according to your description.
Review this article: https://support.quest.com/kb/119771/

Posted by: SMal.tmcc 2 years ago
Red Belt

You need to take your boot wim file and use dism to inject the PE drivers into that for the network and storage drivers.  Build a new kbe and use that.

You will have to do this every so often as new models come out no matter who manufactures them.  MS will update the winpe.wim over time with updates but that usually lags behind.

My file location:

C:\Program Files (x86)\Windows Kits\10\Assessment and Deployment Kit\Windows Preinstallation Environment\amd64\en-us\winpe.wim

get these drivers:

expand the cab file and use this guide to inject the drivers.


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