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  • What do the numbers after the wim file mean?

    Example:
    imagex /mountrw boot.wim 1
    imagex /mountrw boot.wim 2 etc..

    The reason I ask is because I'm a wits end on injecting drivers. Nothing works!!!

    I can Shift F10, check logs, drvload the right driver, then inject the whole suite of drivers.. commit the image and the damn thing still doesn't load the drivers when the image boots up!!

    I'm sorry, but I'm just frustrated with WDS.

    I've got the latest version WAIK on a 2003 SP2 server. Here is the process I've been using:

    Imagex /mountrw R:\WDS\images\REPOSITORY\boot_win7_Load_001.wim 1 mount and/or
    Imagex /mountrw R:\WDS\images\REPOSITORY\boot_win7_Load_001.wim 2 mount
    OR
    Imagex /mountrw R:\WDS\images\REPOSITORY\boot_win7_Load_001.wim 3 mount

    Load the legion of drivers then.

    peimg/inf=R:\driver\CF31\LAN\W7SP1\e1000325.inf R:\windowspe-x86\Mount\Windows

    All successful. Commit.

    imagex /unmount /commit mount

    Turn image back on, PXE to it on a machine.. Bam.. drivers not found.

    Anyone help I will give you a big virtual hug. IF I can't this to be easy (loading the drivers is not a problem and I know I can use DISM..but that didn't work either) then I guess it's back to Ghost....

    Thanks for listening to me whine

  • #2
    Re: What do the numbers after the wim file mean?

    It specifies the specific volume inside the WIM.

    For your commit try this

    imagex /unmount /commit R:\WDS\images\REPOSITORY

    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/l...(v=WS.10).aspx
    Last edited by wullieb1; 16th February 2012, 03:01.

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    • #3
      Re: What do the numbers after the wim file mean?

      I must be dense. How do you do that?

      At any rate, this particular wim only has one partition and one volume on it so shouldn't "1" have worked?

      edit: I read the freakin' manual

      Imagex /info R:\WDS\images\REPOSITORY\boot_win7_Load_001.wim spits out everything.
      Code:
      Image Count: 3
      Compression: LZX
      Part Number: 1/1
      Boot Index:  3
      <WIM>
        <TOTALBYTES>237971663</TOTALBYTES>
        <IMAGE INDEX="1">
      <NAME>Microsoft Windows PE (x86)</NAME>
          <DESCRIPTION>Microsoft Windows PE (x86)</DESCRIPTION>
      
      <IMAGE INDEX="2">
      <NAME>Microsoft Windows Setup (x86)</NAME>
          <DESCRIPTION>Microsoft Windows Setup (x86)</DESCRIPTION>
      
      <IMAGE INDEX="3">
          <NAME>Deploy Image - 03</NAME>
          <DESCRIPTION>Windows 7 Image Deployment 03</DESCRIPTION>
      I said "freak it" and pushed the drivers to all three. I will try your way of commiting the drivers as well...
      Last edited by Parkham; 16th February 2012, 15:56.

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      • #4
        Re: What do the numbers after the wim file mean?

        I tried it again. No luck. I just don't get it.

        I can do shift f10 and apply the drivers no problem, so I know the drivers are good right?

        Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated it.

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        • #5
          Re: What do the numbers after the wim file mean?

          Have you tried to use those drivers on a physical install to make sure they work? We've run into this sort of thing before, where the driver should have worked but didn't, esp network drivers.

          With WDS, the system architecture is examined so the service pushes the right stuff down. This has caused no end of grief with being able to push an image to a specimen PC we'd just captured the image from (testing deployment to like hardware.) And it didn't work because the network drivers were wrong. What's set up to run after deployment isn't necessarily what's used to DO the deployment.

          What we found worked was: put drivers of both x86 and x64 flavors in every image index inside the WIM file. Yes, it means running the import command multiple times, but being that thorough hasn't let us down yet.
          *RicklesP*
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          • #6
            Re: What do the numbers after the wim file mean?

            I just downloaded x64 /x32 both drivers from Intel. They work in OS, in WDS using drvload.

            I added both versions to all 3 images (man that took a while). mount, load drivers, unmount.

            Tried it again and poof.. nothing. *sighs*

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            • #7
              Re: What do the numbers after the wim file mean?

              I'm now going to try the latest boot.wim (sp1) with the drivers and see what happens.

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              • #8
                Re: What do the numbers after the wim file mean?

                I am officially a retard. I am embarrassed to even post what the problem is........... Suffice to say it's working now.

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                • #9
                  Re: What do the numbers after the wim file mean?

                  Originally posted by Parkham View Post
                  I am officially a retard. I am embarrassed to even post what the problem is........... Suffice to say it's working now.
                  Aw cmon tell us lol.

                  Listen i'd be very surprised if any administrator on these boards hasn't missed something stupid in there time. Its how we learn.

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                  • #10
                    Re: What do the numbers after the wim file mean?

                    I forgot that when you add an image it takes the image and then creates the wds image in another location. I forgot about that location.

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