DS6.x: Add Support for Windows 8 Imaging
Currently, the DS "Create Disk Image" job (RDeploy) generates a "The volume is invalid" error message immediately. The log files produced from this simply say "There is a problem with the filesystem." and "Note: The volume is dirty. Please run chkdsk/fsck (NTFS volume on disk 1, start sector 2048). However;
- This was a completely cleaned (in diskpart) hard disk,
- The disk was partitioned as MBR, on a BIOS-based system (so exactly the same as Windows 7),
- The Windows 8 image was installed from DVD, with no errors, no additional drivers, no additional software, etc.
- The disk indicates its in perfect health using multiple tools, including check disk. There is no "problem with the filesystem".
- I let Windows set up the partitions and format the disks. We have the standard 350MB "System Reserved" and the remaining as the "Windows" partition.
- This was all done on my image-building computer which is a Vista-era HP that "just works" without any additional drivers, etc... so it's not like I am facing the uEFI/GPT issues.
This needs to be fixed ASAP. While there is every chance that we won't deploy Windows 8 immediately, we'd like the option to do so. We certainly need to start testing it and building an SOE design... and for that we need imaging. I really can't see why this is broken, as it should appear to the RDeploy as being almost exactly like our Windows 7 images.
I can work around the issue using the "-RAW" command-line, but that takes many, many hours to complete, and isn't the greatest thing to test an image process and SOE with (I was actually recommended NOT to use this method by a technician at Symantec).
As Windows 8's filesystem hasn't changed wince the "Developer Preview"... I struggle to see why RDeploy STILL hasn't received support for it yet.