Stone H67 Capture Task Sequence

You may remember some time ago I posted about a problem capturing an image on a Dell PowerEdge R710 which contained the Broadcom NetXtreme network card. I have recently come across the same issue when trying to capture a Windows 7 reference machine on a Stone H67.

For those of you who don’t know, Stone provide computer services for the UK public sector and can mainly be found in the education space.

As I mentioned in the introduction, you may remember my previous post about problems capturing Windows Server 2008 R2 on a Dell PowerEdge R710.

It appears that the Stone H67 uses the Intel 82579V network card which appears to have the same issue. To summerise the problem seems to be that after dropping out of WinPE into Windows the network card does not attach, this happens because WinPE does not support the drivers of which this model has. Instead as with the Broadcom we need to use the monolithic driver. Capturing the image on hardware without this network card resolves the problems.

When you deploy the image to the same hardware in a captured format the deployment works because of how the drivers are injected into a captured WIM rather than using Operating System Source.


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About Martyn

Martyn is one of the Senior Cloud Architects and DevOps Team Leader at one of the worlds leading Cloud Transformation Specialists Inframon. Martyn is responsible for the architecture of some of the largest Azure deployments in EMEA and is a advisor to a many businesses on their strategies. Martyn is a regular speaker at Microsoft events and community events on Azure and DevOps, giving his insight to a growing number of audiences.

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