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Installing RIPRep Image on an Optiplex GX 745 via a .sif file

By sjamal ·
Hello everybody,

I hope someone will be able to help after reading my scenario below because it seems you might have kept the Dell Utility Partition or NOT :)

Scenario:

I spent alot of time setting up RIS on Windows Server 2003 for my techs ,setting up
DHCP, and finding the right network driver (annoying) only to get
stuck on some partitioning questions. By the way I am using the riprep.sif file for the unattended installation of my RipRep based image. The entire RIS image installed flawlessly on the Optiplex GX 745 machine we ran RIPREP from (225GB
SATA HD in Source machine that we gathered image from) but then again
it was one SATA HD that was formatted with one partition (C: 225GB)
and we loaded XP PRO SP2 with our OEM CD. However, we then tried to
image an identical Optiplex GX 745 but this time it had an 80GB SATA HD which ALSO has a Dell
Utility Partition on it (the machine we ran RIPREP did NOT have the
Dell Utility Partition on it). I keep recieving the error below.

Problem:

"Setup cannot copy the operating system image you selected. This
computer does not have enough disk space on the selected partition.
Contact your system administrator.

My Questions?

Is this because the optiplex GX 745 machine we ran RipRep from had a 225 GB HD and the
Destination Optiplex GX 745 machine to recieve the image only has an 80GB HD or is it because RIS is getting confused with the Dell Utility Partition?

Will it still be possible for RIS too keep the Dell utility partition?

Is there a tweak that will somehow allow us to keep the Dell
Utility partition intact? If not, how can I use my RipRep image to just use the whole drive?

Again, when we imaged the optiplex gx 745 machine that we originally RIPREPPED, the image installed fine. I'd appreciate some help.

My RIPREP.SIF File parameters

[data]
floppyless = "1"
msdosinitiated = "1"
OriSrc = "\\%SERVERNAME%\RemInst\%INSTALLPATH%\%MACHINETYPE%"
OriTyp = "4"
LocalSourceOnCD = 1
DisableAdminAccountOnDomainJoin = 1

[SetupData]
OsLoadOptions = "/noguiboot /fastdetect"
SetupSourceDevice ="\Device\LanmanRedirector\%SERVERNAME%\RemInst\
%INSTALLPATH%"
SysPrepDevice="\Device\LanmanRedirector\%SERVERNAME%\RemInst\
%SYSPREPPATH%"
SysPrepDriversDevice="\Device\LanmanRedirector\%SERVERNAME%\RemInst\
%SYSPREPDRIVERS%"

[Unattended]
OemPreinstall = yes
OemPnpDriversPath = "Drivers\network"
DriverSigningPolicy = Ignore
FileSystem = LeaveAlone
ExtendOEMPartition = 0
TargetPath = \WINDOWS
OemSkipEula = yes
InstallFilesPath = "\\%SERVERNAME%\RemInst\%INSTALLPATH%\%MACHINETYPE
%"


[UserData]
FullName = "%USERFIRSTNAME% %USERLASTNAME%"
OrgName = "%ORGNAME%"
ComputerName ="%MACHINENAME%"
ProductKey = "xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx"

[GuiUnattended]
OemSkipWelcome = 1
OemSkipRegional = 1
TimeZone = %TIMEZONE%
AdminPassword = "*"


[Display]
BitsPerPel = 16
XResolution = 1024
YResolution = 768
VRefresh = 60

[Networking]

[NetServices]
MS_Server=params.MS_PSched

[Identification]
JoinDomain = %MACHINEDOMAIN%
DoOldStyleDomainJoin = Yes

[RemoteInstall]
AutoPartition = 1
Repartition = Yes
UseWholeDisk = Yes


[OSChooser]
Description ="Windows XP PRO - Optiplex GX745"
Help =""
LaunchFile ="%INSTALLPATH%\%MACHINETYPE%\templates\startrom.com"
ImageType =SYSPREP
Version="5.1 (2600)"
SysPrepSystemRoot="Mirror1\UserData\WINDOWS"
HalName=halmacpi.dll
ProductType=0

I would really appreciate your input or any and all recommendations
for this issue? Thanks!

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by vsharma In reply to Installing RIPRep Image o ...

hi
i dn't know which dell utility u r using .
bt dear i wanna give u sugession that y u r nt using win-2003 utility for this it is easy to use .
if u dnt hv any problem for using this win utility then u can snd me msg i'll tell u the method to do this.

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by animatech In reply to Installing RIPRep Image o ...

I don't think your problem is with the dell utility.
I kind of lost you at the beginning but if I understood you correctly you have installed the image OS on a 225GB disk and created the image from this installation.
If it is the case then this is your problem since the image expect to find and format a C partition of 225GB

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RipRep Image on Optiplex GX 745

by sjamal In reply to Image

Yes you did understand correctly. I'm pretty sure that this is the case as Microsoft says that it's one of a RIS clients requirements that the machine's HD you plan install the RIS image on (in our case 80GB) must be equal to or greater than the machine's HD that you ran RIPREP from (our's was a 225GB). So your saying that the Dell Utility Partition will remain intact without any tweaks if we just reverse what we did meaning RIPREP the 80GB machine and then load the RIS image on to a 225GB machine?

Should the parameters below be different or stay as is? Remember, I would like to keep the Dell Utility Partition on the machine we will load the image on.

[RemoteInstall]
AutoPartition = 1
Repartition = No
UseWholeDisk = Yes

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RIS on Optiplex GX 745

by sjamal In reply to Installing RIPRep Image o ...

The RIPRepped image worked fine and kept the Dell Utility Partion intact. Your original RipRepped image's HD must be of equal or less size than your destination machine to recieve the RIS image. Thanks alot animatech!

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Thanks for the update

by animatech In reply to RIS on Optiplex GX 745

Sorry I did not posted sooner been too busy

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Installing RIPRep Image on an Optiplex GX 745 via a .sif file

by kiranmadhavi In reply to Installing RIPRep Image o ...

The disk capacity of the target computer must be equal to or grater than that of the reference computer.

If the disk capacity is greater, RIPREP will be deafault format the entire volume unless you change the riprep.sif so that the "UseWholeDisk" parameter is set to "no"

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