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VMware: Windows could not parse or process the unattend answer file for pass [specialize]

May 13th, 2015 7 comments

Today I deployed my new created Citrix XenDesktop 7.6 base image with Windows 8.1 u1 template and Customization file, during the customization process I received this error message:

Windows could not parse or process the unattend answer file for pass [specialize]. The settings specified in the answer file cannot be applied. The error was detected while processing settings for component [Microsoft-Windows-Shell-Setup].The computer restarted unexpectedly or encountered an unexpected error. Windows installation cannot proceed. To install Windows, click “OK” to restart the computer, and then restart the installation.

 

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Cause

This issue can have multiple causes. Some common causes include, but are not limited to:

  • Bad Product Key
  • Invalid Device Drivers
  • Invalid Computer Names
  • Issue with the Admin Account being used
  • An installed application breaks the unattended install process

Solution

This resolution is based on the source of the error, to troubleshoot this issue, review the Microsoft Setup log setupact.log file.

Note: The Microsoft Setup log file is located at c:\Windows\Panther\unattendGC\setupact.log.

To view the log file from a computer currently displaying the error, press Shift + F10 to open a command prompt and run this command: notepad c:\windows\panther\unattendGC\setupact.log

In my case I configured in the Customization Wizard a Windows 8.1 MAK license key, the configured template OS was an VLK edition…

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Sander Daems is founder and author of this blog and working as a Sr. Infrastructure Consultant by IT-Value. Sander has over 10 years experience in IT, primary focus: virtualization, storage and SBC

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VMware: My favorite Windows 2012R2 template configuration

December 16th, 2014 9 comments

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Virtual Hardware (VMX) Template configuration

Hardware Value
Memory 2 GB
CPU’s Number of virtual sockets: 1
Number of cores per socket: 2
Video card Number of video displays: 1
Total video memory: 5 MB (1280×1024)
VMCI device None
SCSI Controller 0
Hard disk 1
LSI Logic SAS, bus sharing: none
40 GB, Thick Provision Eager Zeroed (<—best performance)
CD/DVD Drive 1 Client Device
Floppy Drive 1 Removed
Network Adapter 1 VMXNET3, network: VM Network with DHCP (for joining domain)
General Options OS: Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 (64-bit)
VMware Tools Advanced: Check and upgrade Tools during power cycling
Virtual Machine Version 8 (not 9 because you only can edit version 9 via vSphere web-client)
Advanced > General Enable logging

 

Virtual Machine BIOS configuration

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Configuration Value
Boot-time Diagnostics Screen Enabled

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VMware: My favorite Windows 2008R2 template configuration

January 17th, 2011 26 comments

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Virtual Hardware (VMX) template configuration:

Hardware: Value:
Memory 2 GB
CPU’s 1
Video card Auto-detect video settings
VMCI device None
SCSI Controller 0 LSI Logic SAS, bus sharing: none
Hard disk 1 40 GB, Thin (after deploy always Thick)
CD/DVD Drive 1 Client Device
Floppy Drive 1 Removed
Network Adapter 1 VMXNET3, network: VM Network with DHCP (for joining domain)
General Options OS: Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 (64-bit)
VMware Tools Advanced: Check and upgrade Tools during power cycling
Virtual Machine Version 7

 

Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 template configuration:

– Install always the latest VMware Tools (in my case: ESXi 4.1 build 260247)

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– Change the CD/DVD Drive 1 from drive letter D:\ to X:\

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– Install VMware display driver: VMware SVGA 3D (Microsoft Corporation – WDDM)

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Driver located: C:\Program Files\Common Files\VMware\Drivers\wddm_video\

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VMware: Deploy multiple VM’s from template with PowerCLI

January 16th, 2011 30 comments

Last week I was working on a new project, they asked me to install 5 new fileservers based on Windows 2008R2, I installed a new VM and converted it to a template, next I configured a template in “Customization Specifications Manager” with the following details:

Customization template:

Registration information: name company

Computer name: Use the virtual machine name (important)

Product key: Didn’t need it because I’ve configured KMS

Password: Company default local administrator password, selected: Automatically login as the Administrator: 2

Timezone: GMT+0100 (Amsterdam)

Runonce: none

Network: Typical settings

Workgroup or Domain: selected to auto join the domain with domain administrator credentials + domain name (important)

Operation System Options: Selected: Generate New Security ID (SID)

VM template settings:

Hard disk: 40 GB with only OS configured with company standard policy

VMware tools: Latest, this must be installed for Specification Template and NIC

Network: VMXNET3 (needed VMware Tools for driver)

Script: (saved as: FileserverDeploy.ps1)

-vmhost = Target host;

-Name = Name of new VM;

-Template: From wich template you want to deploy the new VM;

-Datastore: Target datastore to place the new VM;

-OSCustomizationspec = Wich “prep” template you want to deploy the new VM;

New-vm -vmhost esx04.vmpros.local -Name FS-SVR01 -Template WIN2008R2_Template -Datastore datastore2 -OSCustomizationspec WIN2008R2_Template
New-vm -vmhost esx04.vmpros.local -Name FS-SVR02 -Template WIN2008R2_Template -Datastore datastore2 -OSCustomizationspec WIN2008R2_Template
New-vm -vmhost esx04.vmpros.local -Name FS-SVR03 -Template WIN2008R2_Template -Datastore datastore2 -OSCustomizationspec WIN2008R2_Template
New-vm -vmhost esx04.vmpros.local -Name FS-SVR04 -Template WIN2008R2_Template -Datastore datastore2 -OSCustomizationspec WIN2008R2_Template
New-vm -vmhost esx04.vmpros.local -Name FS-SVR05 -Template WIN2008R2_Template -Datastore datastore2 -OSCustomizationspec WIN2008R2_Template

PowerCLI:

Running the script:

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Final result:

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The 5 fileservers deployed from template and joined the domain.. great!

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Sander Daems is founder and author of this blog and working as a Sr. Infrastructure Consultant by IT-Value. Sander has over 10 years experience in IT, primary focus: virtualization, storage and SBC

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