Windows 7 Deployment FOG- SAD2 Driver tool


  • [quote=“boon, post: 5642, member: 833”]Were you able to figure this one out, Kendall? I am experiencing the same “Unable to extract” error.[/quote]
    It was this line that was causing the Unable to extract error message: [CODE]Start /wait /separate /high “” “%cur%\bin\un7zip.exe” “%cur%\bin\dpinst32.7z” %SystemDrive%\D[/CODE]

    The more recent versions of SAD2 have this file renamed to dpinst.7z, and located in C:\Drivers\SAD2\bin\32


  • [quote=“Kendall Eley, post: 4246, member: 1270”]I have gotten my image to deploy to a virtual machine. When the DP_Install tool begins extracting, it stops and prompts me with a message box No files to Extract. I click ok and it begins extracting fine.[/quote]

    Were you able to figure this one out, Kendall? I am experiencing the same “Unable to extract” error.

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    this is an ace tutorial!!! i’ve just got two tedious issues that i can’t seem to solve and no searches on the net have came up with any answers (i suppose it is because it is REALLY trivial)

    1. when opening IE after sysprep it asks “do you want to make IE your default browser?” even though all other customisations have been kept from making changes in audit mode and i made sure IE was the default in audit mode also tried adding ie settings in unattend.xml, still no luck

    2. Desktop icon layout - it’s hard to explain so i’ve took a before and after example to show you… i know this is picky but soo annoying…

    [IMG]http://img833.imageshack.us/img833/1241/desktopissue.png[/IMG]

    i’ve tried everything i can in the registry, i’ve even set the layout for every resolution in vmware incase this was the cause (diff resolutions) - refreshed desktop after setting for every resolution and noticed keys were being set for each resolution under: [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\Bags\1\Desktop] and the keys still exist after sysprep but don’t seem to keep the layout (although they do before sysprep) i’m pulling my hair out because it really is tedious but i’d like to solve it lol.


  • I did in fact do the sysprep, then the fogprep too, even tho they say in .32 you don’t have too. problem is there’s too many “this says that” and “then this way”. Like a nice, concise step by step is what I’ll have to put together. Not to take away from all andyroo54’s hard work. we can just make it even better. ill test and try again, but…(dual partitions, etc)

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    also when you install windows 7 how do you do it?

    100mb boot partition + os partition or 1 single partition?

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    okay so you can upload but not deploy.

    once you have sysprepped your Gold Vbox and uploaded it. just turn on the Virtual machine and let it run through sysprep see if that works.

    p.s. don’t forget to take a snapshot before sysprep

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    [quote=“Leroy Brown, post: 5551, member: 1560”]Has anyone been able to successfully build a “gold” image on VirtualBox then lay it on a baremetal machine? I can create successfully from a machine, to Fog, and back down, but from VB up and then down to baremetal doesn’t work. I did make sure its set to IDE.[/quote]

    yeah I build a ‘master/gold’ image in Virtualbox, I’m not the only one either


  • Has anyone been able to successfully build a “gold” image on VirtualBox then lay it on a baremetal machine? I can create successfully from a machine, to Fog, and back down, but from VB up and then down to baremetal doesn’t work. I did make sure its set to IDE.

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    [quote=“Leroy Brown, post: 5431, member: 1560”]Ok, I finally got mine working, scrapped the whole “gold image” build from VirtualBox. When I did it baremetal - it worked. However, I can’t tell if my SAD2 install worked with the drivers, since I have network, ide, etc but have a few with the notorious yellow question mark for (base, and something else) Not sure if there’s a pause in the script to allow something else to finish or what. I know it’s always a work in progress, so maybe once I’ve figured it all out - for good, I can draft a nice step by step with pretty pictures.[/quote]

    I’d suggest to test the SAD tool by itself first, by installing win 7 vanilla on some hardware, then manually running the sad tool. This is how I got it to work initially… but if you get the same version I used and use the scripts I uploaded then it should work.


  • Ok, I finally got mine working, scrapped the whole “gold image” build from VirtualBox. When I did it baremetal - it worked. However, I can’t tell if my SAD2 install worked with the drivers, since I have network, ide, etc but have a few with the notorious yellow question mark for (base, and something else) Not sure if there’s a pause in the script to allow something else to finish or what. I know it’s always a work in progress, so maybe once I’ve figured it all out - for good, I can draft a nice step by step with pretty pictures.


  • [quote=“andyroo54, post: 5349, member: 267”]Sounds like a problem with your xml file and your sysprep. I would strongly suggest to scrap your image, and rebuild from scratch, following each step very closely. If there’s something you don’t understand then post in this thread. You will probably have to try a few times to get the sysprep/unattend file correct. But if you follow my guide it will work.[/quote]

    I had a few issues:

    1. I didn’t encrypt my AD passwords using Fogcrypt.
    2. I ran across a problem where Sysprep would fail, due to me removing the Windows Media Center. This requires the manual disabling of the Windows Media Player Network Sharing Service. (I don’t know why, that’s just what punching in the error said to do, and it worked.)
    3. The whole section on changing the hostnamechange.dll threw me for a loop. First because I was looking for hostnamechanger.dll, and when I did figure out what I was looking for, started to panic about having to compile. In the end it looked as if you only have to compile if you want to change the default key-passphrase combo built into Fogcrypt.

    The only thing that I still have a problem with is that when the system boots up to the desktop it uses the default one in addition to the nicely laid out administrator one I made, and used the default taskbar icons. In addition the system couldn’t detect some of the hardware on my new systems. Not a show stopper, but something I’ll have to figure out.


  • I get to image and get stalls when applying the image. And, I have it it coming up “missing operating system”. All on the assumption I’m doing this correct with .32 and the latest kernel - and on VirtualBox w/ addon’s (for PXE concerns). I can image all day long, upload successful, but the drop is a pain…

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    [quote=“Tony Cimello, post: 5276, member: 1669”]Everything seemed to go well for me until I imaged the new machine. Windows 7 x64 started OK, but then asked me for languages, time zones, a user name, and a key even though I had selected these in my unattend.xml. Then it didn’t join the domain even though I selected the domain and credentials in FOG. Finally, I couldn’t sign in as machine or domain administrator as they are disabled.

    Any ideas where I might have gone wrong?[/quote]

    Sounds like a problem with your xml file and your sysprep. I would strongly suggest to scrap your image, and rebuild from scratch, following each step very closely. If there’s something you don’t understand then post in this thread. You will probably have to try a few times to get the sysprep/unattend file correct. But if you follow my guide it will work.


  • Everything seemed to go well for me until I imaged the new machine. Windows 7 x64 started OK, but then asked me for languages, time zones, a user name, and a key even though I had selected these in my unattend.xml. Then it didn’t join the domain even though I selected the domain and credentials in FOG. Finally, I couldn’t sign in as machine or domain administrator as they are disabled.

    Any ideas where I might have gone wrong?


  • Please, check if you execute the [COLOR=#0000ff][URL=‘http://fogproject.org/forum/threads/windows-7-deployment-fog-sad2-driver-tool.380/#post-1639’][COLOR=#0000ff][B]STEP 9[/B][/COLOR][/URL][/COLOR]correctly.

    I think you don’t need modify zip files on server. I don’t change and works good.


  • [quote=“danuel, post: 4939, member: 628”]Hi!
    Try:
    If you’re using VMware Workstation you have to press F12 to boot over a network.
    If you’re using VirtualBox you must change the type of processing to PIXX4 (or 3). is a network card from AMD, I think.

    Waiting feedback :)[/quote]

    Hi Danuel

    I have tried the F12. When I go back to earlier snapshots on VM Workstation PXE boot works. I am going to have to backtrack I reckon.

    There was one problem that I encountered before I tried to take the image. The part where we had to adjust the hostnamechanger. I got the two required files into a zipped file. Named the zip file FogService.zip. When I tried to overwrite this zip file on the FOG server (ubuntu) I got a permissions error saying that I could not overwrite the file. I wasn’t sure on how to proceeed at this stage so I tried to go ahead and create the image.

    Can you advise further?

    Ed


  • [quote=“ejefferson, post: 4927, member: 1539”]
    I seem to have got through everything fine except for the sysprep part. After I run sysprep and then restart the VM it will not PXE boot. Can anyone please help as I am due to deploy Windows 7 to nearly 500 clients next week. 😕
    [/quote]

    Hi!
    Try:
    If you’re using VMware Workstation you have to press F12 to boot over a network.
    If you’re using VirtualBox you must change the type of processing to PIXX4 (or 3). is a network card from AMD, I think.

    Waiting feedback 🙂


  • Hi - this is a great tutorial. Thanks for sharing.

    I seem to have got through everything fine except for the sysprep part. After I run sysprep and then restart the VM it will not PXE boot. Can anyone please help as I am due to deploy Windows 7 to nearly 500 clients next week. 😕

    cheers

    Ed


  • [COLOR=#000000]Actually, figured it out. Just a heads up, if anyone gets caught on that screen that says Checking system for video performance, restore your last snapshot. As per Rumbo over at MSFN,[/COLOR]

    [COLOR=#000000][FONT=tahoma]“My advice is to run the System Assesment Test manually (WinSAT.exe dwm) or from the GUI (click Start, type [/FONT][I][FONT=tahoma][COLOR=#5d5d5d]performance[/COLOR][/FONT][/I][FONT=tahoma], click on [/FONT][B][FONT=tahoma][COLOR=#5d5d5d]Performance Information and Tools[/COLOR][/FONT][/B][FONT=tahoma], and run the assessment), rename the resulting xml in c:\windows\performance\winsat\datastore\ (it will have DWM as part of the name) changing whatever is in parentheses on the name to Prepop. For example: 2012-04-26-13.45.043.### DWM.Assesment ([/FONT][B][FONT=tahoma][COLOR=#5d5d5d]First assessment[/COLOR][/FONT][/B][FONT=tahoma]).WinSAT.xml will need to be renamed as 2012-04-26-13.45.043.### DWM.Assesment ([/FONT][B][FONT=tahoma][COLOR=#5d5d5d]Prepop[/COLOR][/FONT][/B][FONT=tahoma]).WinSAT.xml.”[/FONT][/COLOR]

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    [quote=“Gilgamesh1082, post: 4602, member: 404”]I’m using VirtualBox, latest version with the extension pack loaded so I can PXE boot. I couldn’t get the image to deploy at all when using the single partition. I tried the multiple partition on the last attempt and it actually deployed, its just stuck at the WinSAT checking your video settings part of the sysprep. :([/quote]

    If you cant figure it out, then I would suggest using VMware workstation as I outline in the guide, because it has been proven working with Vmware. It’s got a free 30 day full featured trial, so give it a go. Single partition should work, or multiple, just make sure it’s IDE and not SCSI.

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