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Windows 8 image w/ 7.1

Created: 20 Mar 2014 | 10 comments

Hey guys,

Am looking for some help with imaging Windows 8 w/ Altiris 7.1.

I created an image using Windows 7 sp1 as the type.  But when I try to deploy it, cannot select Current Key.  Nothing comes up under Select Key.

Do I need to add my Win8 key as a Win7 key?

Long story short, how are you guys imaging Windows 8 w/ 7.1?

Thanks

Ash

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Thomas Baird's picture

First, Win8 has limited support in 7.1

hmmm... there WAS a way to add a new OS to that.  What build/release of 7.1 are you on?

Thomas Baird
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ortolani's picture

this KB explain the process to add associated a key to an import image. I ran into this problem before where sometimes when importing an image symatec dont associated to a specific key, so the drop down is empty.

http://www.symantec.com/business/support/index?page=content&id=TECH193873

AcidFire's picture

Symantec Management Platform 7.1 SP2 MP1.1  Version 7.1.8401

Ash

fabian.szalatnay's picture

Hello Ash

Just do it manually. Use the normal script task.

Capture:
1. run sysprep.exe
2. capture image

Deploy:
1. deploy image
2. create a correct working unattend.xml (dynamically)
3. deploy it to the machine
4. reboot the machine
watch windows getting configured automatically

Regards
Fabian

Fabian Szalatnay | FYRE Consulting AG | http://www.fyre-consulting.ch

Thomas Baird's picture

Well, there is that suggestion - just use script tasks instead of the DS tasks.  That is possible and I'm sure the scripting for it isn't TOO ugly if you've the time.

Before you do that though, did that KB help you get the appropriate licens to show up for your image?

Note: Support did some testing and found ways around almost all the limtations.  Read through this carefully:

http://www.symantec.com/docs/HOWTO83763

You'll notice for instance that for the deploy, 2 tables needed to be modified, not just one.  :D

Thomas Baird
Enthusiast for making things better!

 

fabian.szalatnay's picture

Hello Thomas

It is not practical to wait several month until Symantec is ready everytime a new MS release is available.... Just to get a dropdown within the console populated ;-)
(or to use workarounds that are obsolete in the next release)

We did Win8 imaging years back running DS 6.9 without Win8 support. I started with DS 7.5 and Win 8.1 before hotfix (and Win 8.1 support) came out. Never used deployanywhere and internal OS jobs.

My OS jobs create dynamic unattended files since DS 6.8, containing different domains, local admin passwords, regional settings, the exact driver path and so on. It works perfectly and efficiently.
And I am ready to use new OSes even when Symantec is not ready yet.

But thanks for the link about DS 7.1 and Windows 8.

Fabian Szalatnay | FYRE Consulting AG | http://www.fyre-consulting.ch

Thomas Baird's picture

Fabian, I agree that there are other ways to stay ahead of the curve, especially if you're adept at scripting and knowing how the basic MS processes work.  I have always found ways around the limitations in products for the same reason you are, both from my days as an expert with SMS/SCCM and now as an expert with Symantec products.

For someone adept at scripting and using other tools (e.g. workflow) it is definately better to stay ahead of the curve.  However, in my experience, not all have that luxury, either to learn the new tools or advanced scripting, or to even stay ahead of the curve.  Thus, for THEM, it's not practical to follow the customized routes.

My attempt at answering here was to give them another alternative outside of simply scripting around the product.

Truth?  With a script task, you'd not need software delivery, patch, deployment solution or anything - you could just script it.  But that's not what people are paying for.  They want the product to WORK, out of the box, and that's the goal, to get what he has working.

I hope that makes sense.

Acid, if you'd prefer a scripted method, nearly every consulting firm out there has ways to do this, including Fabian's and my company.  But if you want to get the product working as much as possible, I hope the article I supplied helps!

Thomas Baird
Enthusiast for making things better!

 

fabian.szalatnay's picture

Hello Thomas

Of course, as you said, people are paying for the product. They want the product to WORK out of the box. Unfortunately this is often not the case....

So, people without specialized knowledge of the product are not able to use the "out of the box features" if they are not working. That's why you and I exist and that's ok ;-)

Fabian Szalatnay | FYRE Consulting AG | http://www.fyre-consulting.ch

AcidFire's picture

Thanks for the ideas guys.

Thomas, will check out those tech articles to see if they can help.  Would rather use regular deployment then scripting it all if possible.  If not, we will script it out.

Thanks

Ash