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    Giovanni Baldi

    We had configured an WDS Servivce to deploy Windows 10 Enterprise automatically but we have problem starting with unattended file. basically we receive the error

    Windows cannot parse the unattended file's <DiskConfiguration> settings

    and we are not able to understand where we made the mistake. the unattended file for the moment should create only the partitions and i put below:

    <?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
    <unattend xmlns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:unattend">
    <settings pass="windowsPE">
    <component name="Microsoft-Windows-Setup" processorArchitecture="amd64" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS" xmlns:wcm="http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance">
    <DiskConfiguration>
    <Disk wcm:action="add">
    <CreatePartitions>
    <CreatePartition wcm:action="add">
    <Order>1</Order>
    <Size>500</Size>
    <Type>Primary</Type>
    </CreatePartition>
    <CreatePartition wcm:action="add">
    <Order>2</Order>
    <Type>EFI</Type>
    <Extend>false</Extend>
    <Size>100</Size>
    </CreatePartition>
    <CreatePartition wcm:action="add">
    <Order>3</Order>
    <Type>MSR</Type>
    <Size>16</Size>
    </CreatePartition>
    <CreatePartition wcm:action="add">
    <Order>4</Order>
    <Type>Primary</Type>
    <Extend>true</Extend>
    </CreatePartition>
    </CreatePartitions>
    <ModifyPartitions>
    <ModifyPartition wcm:action="add">
    <PartitionID>4</PartitionID>
    <TypeID></TypeID>
    <Label>Windows</Label>
    <Letter>C</Letter>
    <Format>NTFS</Format>
    <Order>4</Order>
    </ModifyPartition>
    <ModifyPartition wcm:action="add">
    <PartitionID>3</PartitionID>
    <TypeID></TypeID>
    <Order>3</Order>
    </ModifyPartition>
    <ModifyPartition wcm:action="add">
    <Order>2</Order>
    <PartitionID>2</PartitionID>
    <Format>FAT32</Format>
    <Label>System</Label>
    </ModifyPartition>
    <ModifyPartition wcm:action="add">
    <Order>1</Order>
    <PartitionID>1</PartitionID>
    <Label>WinRE</Label>
    <Format>NTFS</Format>
    <TypeID>DE94BBA4-06D1-4D40-A16A-BFD50179D6AC</TypeID>
    </ModifyPartition>
    </ModifyPartitions>
    <WillWipeDisk>true</WillWipeDisk>
    <DiskID>0</DiskID>
    </Disk>
    </DiskConfiguration>
    <ImageInstall>
    <OSImage>
    <InstallTo>
    <DiskID>0</DiskID>
    <PartitionID>4</PartitionID>
    </InstallTo>
    </OSImage>
    </ImageInstall>
    </component>
    <component name="Microsoft-Windows-International-Core-WinPE" processorArchitecture="amd64" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS" xmlns:wcm="http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance">
    <SetupUILanguage>
    <UILanguage>en-US</UILanguage>
    </SetupUILanguage>
    <UserLocale>en-US</UserLocale>
    <SystemLocale>en-US</SystemLocale>
    <InputLocale>en-US</InputLocale>
    <UILanguage>en-US</UILanguage>
    </component>
    </settings>
    <cpi:offlineImage cpi:source="wim:c:/users/user/documents/iso/windows%2010%20ent%20rel.1803/sources/install.wim#Windows 10 Enterprise Evaluation" xmlns:cpi="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:cpi" />
    </unattend>

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    Giovanni Baldi

    Tanks i will take a look, one point that i forgot to mention is that most of the time we have to install Windows offline so we cannot user KMS or MAK Activation

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    Giovanni Baldi

    I have recently created a Windows 7 image. Put simply the process I have followed is below:

    • Build a clean Windows 7 machine
    • Customise machine to our company requirements
    • Create sysprep file using Windows System Image Manager and copy to clean machine
    • Run sysprep /generalize /oobe /shutdown /unattend:sysprep.xml
      In the unattended file I have used the CopyProfile with true in the specialize part and used SkipRearm at 1 in the generalize part
    • Start up in WinPE and capture image
    • Deploy image to clients
      The problem I have is that the activation grace period is not being reset each time I deploy the image. Because of this every machine I image is using the grace period start date of the original clean image. For the first 30 days everything worked fine as the grace period had not expired. Now every new machine I image shows a window when the machine is first logged onto saying that the grace period has expired, and asking the user to activate the machine. You can click Activate Now and the machine activates fine, but this is obviously no good as a permanent solution.

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    Giovanni Baldi

    At the Moment i found a solution to create the an usb bootable Image using the original ISO of Winsdows 10. Basically i have prepared the usb using diskpart utility and copy all the files of the ISO:

    • Diskpart (Run from a CMD prompt)

    • List Disk

    • Select Disk # (Where # is the number of your USB disk)

    • Clean (removes any partitions on the USB disk, including any hidden sectors)

    *Create Partition Primary (Creates a new primary partition with default parameters)

    • Select Partition 1 (Focus on the newly created partition)

    • Active (Sets the selected partition to an active valid system partition state)

    • Format FS=fat32 quick (Formats the partition with the FAT32 file system. FAT32 is

    • list itemAssign (Assigns the USB drive a drive letter)

    then

    Copy all the files from the Windows 10 isO to the USB Stick.

    In the post i fount he reccomended to format Fat32 instead of NTFS so that it can load under the secure boot UEFI BIOS, and if it's true i cannot create the custom image because the Install.wim file will become too big for an usb stick formatted with fat32 :-(

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    Giovanni Baldi

    No Unfortunately we are forced to Install Windows 1o Enterprise. I would like to prepare a golden image with Windows 1o Enterprise tio install via USB but i start to think it will be impossible to do it without disabling secure boot

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    Giovanni Baldi

    I've just tried with the media creation tools but it works if you want to install

    • Windows 10 Home

    • Windows 10 Professional

    • Windows Educational

    And if i use the other product ie Rufus to make it work i need to disable secure boot

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    Giovanni Baldi

    We have received a bunch of new workstation where we need to install Windows 10 Enterprise.
    Some months ago i did it for one but in order to install Windows 10 enterprise with a Custom Image Captured i needed to disable secure boot.
    Just to understand is possible or there is any tool to create a bootable USB with Windows 10 Enterprise without disabling that feature? if necessary also starting from an not customized wim file?

    Windows Media Creations tools works till Windows 10 Pro?.....

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    Giovanni Baldi

    We are trying to set up a a repo Sever for all the distro we have, and we would like to add also the ubuntu repos.
    I'm newbie working with repos and basically the easiest way to mirror the ubuntu repos without using debian command like apt-mirror is using rsync, but doing that i will copy all the ubuntu repos and I would use a lot of space, while I would need only the repos for the the trusty and xenial distro.
    There is a way to do it? or simply i need to copy all or forced to make the mirror using apt-mirror with ubuntu

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    Giovanni Baldi

    @ronnie-wong
    No problem :-)

    We have to sent the MacBook to get repaired and for security reason we "must" wipe out the disk. When will have the MacBook back i'll have to reinstall.....and we'll see how :-). I never worked with apple product so....but first step i have to wipe out. This Macbook has an SSD
    Reading some article an some post on various forum seem not necessary to wipe out an SSD because of how it works and also because doing that we reduce the life of the SSD itself, I saw that there are specific product to securely erase SSD(Blancco and Parted Magic) but they are not free and i don't know if i can build a bootable disk with that product for a Mac.

    In this moment i have two choice

    • 1): Start MacOS in recovery mode and form diskutil run a normal erase(i don't have the "Security Option" ). I read that the security erase is still place in the command line version of diskutil but i don't know how to do it work. Even from the GUI version i don't undestand how the partitions are configured and what i have to delete:
      Using Disk utility form the GUI i saw this:

    */dev/disk0 (internal, physical):
    #: TYPE NAME SIZE IDENTIFIER
    0: GUID_partition_scheme 251.0 GB disk0
    1: EFI EFI 209.7 MB disk0s1
    2: Apple_APFS Container disk1 250.8 GB disk0s2
    /dev/disk1 (synthesized):

    #: TYPE NAME SIZE IDENTIFIER
    0: APFS Container Scheme - +250.8 GB disk1
    Physical Store disk0s2
    1: APFS Volume Macintosh HD 28.5 GB disk1s1
    2: APFS Volume Preboot 18.8 MB disk1s2
    3: APFS Volume Recovery 506.6 MB disk1s3
    4: APFS Volume VM 1.1 GB disk1s4*

    and i don't know how interpret the structure of the partitions, What is Disk0 and Disk1? Disk0 is the physical Disk and Disk 1 is a kind of virtual disk inside Disk0? what i would do to run diskutil secureErase ?

    • 2) Boot from a Linux Live Usb and Run this command: for i in $( seq 0 2 ); do dd if=/dev/urandom of=/dev/sda; done or using the command wipe or shred risking to reduce the life of the SSD

    Any Advice is welcome :-)

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