3 Replies Latest reply on Aug 4, 2011 7:23 AM by davidg5700

    Boot Media Creator fails

    davidg5700 Specialist

      Hello,

       

      I am trying to create an ISO for WinPE booting a computer to deploy images.  Our network guys have messed up the network so that we can no longer successfully PXE boot.

       

      I get an error "error downloading; file not found (core=CoreName,sourcefile=/landesk/vboot/bcd)".  There is a BCD file with no extension in this location, but no BCD folder.  I am choosing the Windows preboot and choosing the bootable ISO.

       

      We are running LD 9 SP2 with MCP 3/24 installed.

       

      Anyone have any ideas?

       

      Thanks.

        • 1. Re: Boot Media Creator fails
          Rookie

          Hi David

           

          I've seen exactly the same thing at a customers site and have got a case open with LANDesk - hopefully will have some more info soon!

           

          Andy

          • 2. Re: Boot Media Creator fails
            ahe Expert

            You have to create a WinPE boot CD/DVD with included network drivers in the following way:

             

            Download and install the latest Windows Automated Installation Kit (WAIK) for W7 http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?id=5753

             

            Add with LANDesk the drivers you need as described here: http://community.landesk.com/support/docs/DOC-8091

            (you can do it manually on your client too, if you've installed the latest WAIK from MS)

             

            Copy the changed boot.wim file from \\coreserver\ldmain\landesk\vboot to a local dir on your client.

             

            In the WAIK you can find the tools to generate a bootable disk (s. document "WinPE.chm" in your WAIK folder, e. g. C:\Program Files\Windows AIK\Docs\CHMs)

             

            You need a "build environment":

            In command line start the batch copype.cmd in C:\Program Files\Windows AIK\Tools\PETools:

             

            set mype32=%temp%\MYPE32
            copype.cmd x86 %mype32%
            
            
            
            

             

            Now you've a direcotory structure below %mype32% and a file named winpe.wim

            - ISO

            - mount

             

            Now you can mount the image file and change something what you want (s. chm file), but we won't change something!

             

            Copy your boot.wim file from the core to the directory %mype32%\ISO\sources

            (In your boot.wim from core a lot of LANDesk stuff is included!)

             

            Now you can create your ISO file: (check the parameters of oscdimg if you've problems with the ISO)

             

            oscdimg -n -b"%mype32%\etfsboot.com" "%mype32%\ISO" "%mype32%\MyWinPE32.iso"
            

             

            Now you've a ISO file which can be burned on CD/DVD.

             

            Directory/file structure on CD/DVD like this:

            - boot

                 fonts

                 bcd

                 bootfix.bin

                 etfsboot.com

                 boot.sdi

            - EFI

                 - microsoft

                      . . .

            - sources

                 boot.wim

            bootmgr

             

             

             

            Remarks:

            If you want to add tools or drivers or change something else in the PE image, you've to use the tools described in the chm.

            For driver injection with LANDesk, you need the boot.wim file from core (or PXE), not the Windows 7 winpe.wim file from WAIK, this is a newer version and I'm not sure if it is possible to change it with the LANDesk tools!

            But you can make changes with the LANDesk boot.wim file in the same way as described for winpe.wim, the MS tools work for both versions!

             

            I wouldn't create a boot CD/DVD, I would use a USB stick! The boot time is much more faster and you can add some additional tools in an easy way with drag&drop...

             

            To create the bootable USB stick try these command lines (on Vista or W7, for XP you need HPUSBFW.exe for example):

             

             

            diskpart
            
            DISKPART>list disk
            DISKPART>select disk <your USB drive NUMBER>
            DISKPART>clean
            DISKPART>create partition primary
            DISKPART>select partition 1
            DISKPART>active
            DISKPART>format quick fs=fat32
            DISKPART>assign
            DISKPART>exit
            
            
            
            

             

             

            With the command list disk in DISKPART you'll see all connected disks, choose the correct number!

            Instead of "format quick fs=fat32" you can use "format quick fs=ntfs" if your USB device is bigger than 32 GB (for example a external hard disk)

             

            After you exit the DISKPART, you've a clean USB device and need to copy the boot files from above, that's all:

             

             

            xcopy "%mype32%\ISO\*.* /s /e <your USB drive letter>
            

             

             

            Regards

            Axel

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            • 3. Re: Boot Media Creator fails
              davidg5700 Specialist

              Hi Axel,

               

              Thank you for the response.  I have been down the road you laid out before.  It is quite a bit of work and that is why I was hoping to be able to get the Boot Media Creator to work.

               

              I am sure I will be referring to your post in the future and am greatly appreciative of your clearly laying out the steps.

               

              Thanks again.