Windows 8 Deployment Problem



  • Hey guys,
    I have been going nuts with my co-worker over this. Long story short, we are trying to image a brand new Dell Inspiron 15R with Windows 8.1 on it. It comes with 5 partitions from Dell.

    I finally found a kernel that allowed me to upload an image with the partitions being recognized as NTFS. That kernel is 3.14.0.TomElliott. I found it on the Fog SourceForge site I believe.

    Before, Fog was reading them all as raw. So, I got the image uploaded fine this morning. Note: we do not sysprep and never have with our Win 7 machines either. Now, I am trying to deploy to the same model machine, exact same specs, (we have 40 of them). It gets through the first 2 partitions, the System Reserved and the ESP, and then says task completed, rebooting. It never gets to the rest of the partitions. I have also made sure to select the new kernel for the deployment. I am completely stumped on this. Does anyone have any suggestions?

    Thanks in advance.



  • [quote=“tjd230, post: 26180, member: 23826”]I did all of that. Just to be sure, I am doing a re-image of one of the machines that failed over the weekend.[/quote]

    Nope, still broken. I cannot wrap my head around why this isn’t working.



  • [quote=“Tom Elliott, post: 26136, member: 7271”]Windows 8/8.1 UEFI/GPT Imaging and FOG 0.33, for now, requirements to successfully image upload or download are:

    1.) Disable secure boot. (Truly disable it. Some motherboards will report it as disabled, but not actually disable it, so to verify, try booting to an EFI Shell if possible. Usually this can be done through the bios as well.)
    2.) Perform Image task (upload or download).
    3.) Re-enable Secure boot.[/quote]

    I did all of that. Just to be sure, I am doing a re-image of one of the machines that failed over the weekend.


  • Senior Developer

    Windows 8/8.1 UEFI/GPT Imaging and FOG 0.33, for now, requirements to successfully image upload or download are:

    1.) Disable secure boot. (Truly disable it. Some motherboards will report it as disabled, but not actually disable it, so to verify, try booting to an EFI Shell if possible. Usually this can be done through the bios as well.)
    2.) Perform Image task (upload or download).
    3.) Re-enable Secure boot.


  • Developer

    Did you disable secure boot before you uploaded the image?

    If not, that’s your problem.



  • I did use multiple partition single disk non resize


  • Developer

    Did you upload as single pat/disk resizeable? if so you need to use sysprep first.

    Otherwise use multipart/single disk not resizeable.



  • I might actually have an issue. I am getting no boot device found upon reboot. Win 8 image. I feel like I saw this somewhere, but cannot remember where. Any other information?


  • Developer

    The kernel page is fixed in the latest revision now.

    Glad to hear you are up and running!



  • Well I am completely up and running! Thank you guys so much for your patience and support!



  • Well that is working wonderfully. Thank you Travis! Now I just have to find the right one that will work for me. o_O


  • Developer

    For now, whatever kernel you want to download, open a terminal to the fog sever and do this:

    [CODE]cd /var/www/fog/service/ipxe

    touch NAMEOFYOURDOWNLOADEDKERNEL

    cd backup

    touch NAMEOFYOURDOWNLOADEDKERNEL[/CODE]

    And then use the UI to download the kernel, it should complete now.

    Just make sure whatever name you are going to type into the box for the kernel is what you replace “NAMEOFYOURDOWNLOADEDKERNEL” with.

    On a side note, if you leave the name bzimage it should download fine.



  • Hmm ok. Well I suppose I could try pulling a raw image then. Otherwise I am sitting dead in the water.


  • Developer

    [QUOTE][SIZE=16px][FONT=Ubuntu][COLOR=#ff0000]Error: Download failed: filesize = 0[/COLOR][/FONT][/SIZE][/QUOTE]
    We are working on that issue.



  • Added my DNS servers into interfaces. Wow I feel dumb. Now, when I try to download and Unofficial Kernel it tells me:
    [SIZE=16px][FONT=Ubuntu][COLOR=#ff0000]Error: Download failed: filesize = 0[/COLOR][/FONT][/SIZE]


  • Developer

    Then your FOG server sees no external connection(to the internet).

    Did you set it up with two NIC’s or just one?



  • Hmm, no. It just sits there loading but never displays the info.


  • Developer

    If those pages don’t work then FOG is not seeing an external connection OR something is blocking the traffic to get to Tom’s site.

    Does the login page display the FOG site info below the login box?:
    [CODE]Estimated FOG sites: 4354

    Latest Version: 0.32[/CODE]



  • Wel that made it worse. I downloaded Tom’s latest kernel and now I get:
    [FONT=Lucida Grande][COLOR=#000000]ipxe Error: Exec format error [/COLOR][/FONT][B][FONT=Lucida Grande][COLOR=#000000]Error code 2e0080)[/COLOR][/FONT][/B]

    Tom, do you have a list of previous revisions of the kernel? Also, when I go to kernel updates in my server, nothing populates on the list, neither Published Kernels, nor Unofficial Kernels. Any reason for this?


  • Developer

    Now that’s just odd…

    Only suggestion I can make is to update to Tom’s 3.14.1 Kernels --> [SIZE=12px]Kernel Issues: [/SIZE][URL=‘http://fogproject.org/wiki/index.php/FAQ’][SIZE=12px]http://fogproject.org/wiki/index.php/FAQ[/SIZE][/URL]


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