Monday, August 15, 2011

MDT2010 and HP Server Hardware

Hey All,

Just thought I'd help save you some serious aggravation when building your WinPE base images when dealing with HP Server Hardware. If you download the HP SmartStart Toolkit. When you extract it, you'll find a folder called hpdrivers. In the folder you'll see the WINPE20, and WINPE30. Just import those drivers and you'll be good to go for your boot images.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Platespin Migrate fails with Incorrect Function

Consider the following situation. You've captured an image of a 2008 Box and you want to deploy it to another machine. In my case a HP BL460c G7 with the flexnet adapters. During the partitioning stage you get the following error:

Failed to control the device.
Incorrect function

You have predefined partitions that may use the GPT format.

Assumptions: Disk 0 is the drive where you want to deploy the OS
Warning! This process is irreversible so be sure that you are performing the operation on the correct disk

On the target machine, if you are not booted to the TakeControl WinPE image then boot to it.
Hit Control-C to break the script execution
type the following to purge all partitions on the disk:

select disk 0

:the following command restarts the script

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Win32 Time debugging

If you have clients routinely getting the W32time warnings/errors in their event logs run the following commands to enable logging:

reg add HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\W32Time\Config /v FileLogSize /t REG_Dword /d 1000000
reg add HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\W32Time\Config /v FileLogName /d C:\windows\Temp\w32time.log
reg add HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\W32Time\Config /v FileLogEntries /d 0-116
net stop w32time && net start w32time