I will add some additional information.
The images that I plan to deploy will have 2 partitions, hence my wish to prepare the disk with 2 partitions. I will ensure that the source partitions contained in the image are smaller than what will be required on target computers.
I tried the same provisioning task as above on a different computer and managed to get all the way through to the OS Installation portion of the template when it failed, reporting the following:
Just before the failure; I see the following ERROR
"Target location would overlap existing partitions"
then the error:
from the client console
error:[80001803H]The action failed
from the LDMS console
execution status: FAILED
Internal Status: -2147477501
External Status: 12
is this failure the result of having a source partition larger than a target partition?
I checked the size of the partitions within the image and made sure the target partition was larger and then reran the task; the result was the same a 2nd time.