Proper preparation of workstation for Fog 1.2.0 image upload.

  • Recently I had a primary hard drive crash on a users machine. I immediately installed a new HDD from stock. I went to my Fog server and set download on the single drive resizable image I had taken when I installed that machine. The download worked but I was left with the old “Windows failed to start” error screen. I tried a repair from the Windows 7 disk but that didn’t help. Eventually I just reinstalled the machine. After reading some more I came to the conclusion that I did not prepare the workstation properly for image upload.

    I looked all over for a howto describing the preparation of a workstation for image upload for Fog version 1.2.0, but all I seem to be able to find are docs mentioning older versions. Some say run fogprep, some sysprep, etc… Can someone post a detailed howto on preparing a workstation for image collection for version 1.2.0?


  • @Wayne-Workman

    Model: Whitebox ASrock MB, Core i5 CPU
    Winodws 7 Sp1 x64
    Image: I installed from a Microsoft SA Win7sp1x64 downloaded ISO.
    When I hit DEL BIOS starts in UEFI Setup Utility.
    The SSD was operating in AHCI mode. The new HDD is the same.


    I’m not taking images for distribution. I install a machine, install the OS, and install that particular users software. I then take an image of the machine in case there’s a virus or hard drive crash. I haven’t gotten to distributions yet, although that is my next step.

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  • You need to break your request down to two things.

    1. Creating or `Mastering’ an OS for distribution.
    2. Capturing an image for distribution

    If you’re looking for the first, I recommend starting your journey with Microsoft documentation ( ), and the Windows 7 Resource Kit.

    For the second, start with what Wayne said.

  • Neither FogPrep nor SysPrep are required to successfully upload an image in FOG 1.2.0.

    However, while 1.2.0 is very solid - it is aging. It doesn’t support newer devices, newer technologies, and newer manufacturer tendencies.

    To help you with this specific model, we need to know what model, what OS, if it’s MBR or GPT, and if it has a from-scratch image or a factory prepared image. Also, are you sure this machine’s firmware is operating in BIOS mode or is it operating in UEFI mode? What mode is the HDD operating in? Legacy, AHCI, RAID?