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Everything posted by dexter.inside

  1. I am as stuck in the same bureaucratic mess as you are
  2. We're in for some big money, my friends and I think we love money at least as much as Microsoft Also, let's not forget the concept of Software Assurance itself, it's always easier to milk companies than end-users
  3. That's why I love Microsoft, their mistakes are my profits OEMs, rejoyce!
  4. They don't have the same name, one is *1.swm and the other is *2.swm
  5. What does the event viewer say? Post your logs from dns server manager Is your network being choked by high levels of traffic?
  6. Actually I am doing something wrong, I am bypassing msiexec and the TrustedInstaller in order to componentize my stuff (let's call it unorthodox slipstreaming). If VMware can do it, why can't I ? Anyways, there are some pieces of software that break sysprep due to poor architectural vision, and that makes me very sad. The very reason for me to go over MS installers.
  7. WPD is "Windows Portable Device" Driver Model. Try to manually reinstall the Mobile Device Center from here
  8. 1) CABs are no longer used for driver storage. It's faster to install drivers from a uncompressed file repository 2) What you call "windows installation" is actually a straightforward wim decompression onto a target partition, followed by the last stage of a sysprep (mini-setup). Its only real bottleneck is the linear read speed of the medium containing the WIM. 2) Reducing compression would actually increase install time in some conditions. A larger WIM would take more time to read from a DVD.
  9. How about Windows Server 2008 Core ? That would work gracefully.
  10. Yep, very well said
  11. Make a batch script with a FOR in it to execute the same sequences for each image (what you do between mountrw and unmount+commit)
  12. Yes, Acronis does have a backup/recovery system using a hidden partition. Instead of making a .tib file, it saves the contents of a partition as raw data on that hidden acronis partition. No big deal, and is quite useful for laptops.
  13. You are forgetting that most users don't even grasp the notion of 'recovery' for their OS
  14. Guess what, lawyers don't care
  15. Have you tried putting both parts in the same SOURCES folder on your DVD ? AFAIK it works, I've done that with some CD pieces. Or, you might go for splitting the WIM manually with ImageX, as long as you keep the name tag the same.
  16. Let's not forget the support for heterogeneous video - let's say one 8800 GTS, one HD 4850 and one X1550. You could use the X1550 for PPU instead of an Ageia and the stronger two in software SLI. Everything done by the new XDDM2 and DirectX 11 driver model.
  17. What was I trying to point out here is that NOT all drivers work fine afterward. Fortunately, most of them do. Without proper testing that particular image to be done, I wouldn't jump directly on OEM-preinstalling and distributing PCs to end-users.
  18. Driver makers generally don't bother writing a proper uninstallation procedure (as specified in the new DDK). Thus, sysprep may not properly remove some of the files. The driver may still be registered in the system after the generalization, but its files may have been deleted.
  19. I've seen the same problem too, I'm guessing that the RWMs used by the WDS are still using the previous (6.0.6000) version of the wimgapi internally. Capturing manually with latest ImageX doesn't cause this problem, or at least not to the extent you're describing. AFAIK, when Mr. Bangalore Guruprakash (brGuru) first implemented the WIM algorithms they were not designed to handle UNC paths so there's some ugly hack involved that does the dirty work of remapping something into something else digestible by the WDS data-in operation. Try to do a capture manually to see what speeds.
  20. You're right, by WIMing the Ext you loose ACLs. Has anyone managed to get WDS to use pxelinux?
  21. The SoftwareDistribution folder (or something like that) ?
  22. Yes, yours gets scattered if you don't do that... crappy INFs most likely.

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