Last couple of weeks and today I tried to build and capture a Windows 8 Developer Edition and Windows 8 Consumer Preview with Configuration Manager 2012. But unfortunately the Sysprep phase will always fail with an error 4 (The System cannot open the file) and 0×80004004. I also got the same error when using the Capture Task Sequence Media.
But since I still would like to deploy and manage a custom Windows 8 image with Configuration Manager 2012, I tried it the old fashion way. Manually Sysprep the machine and create a custom WIM image from WinPE with imagex. Let’s see how it goes;
First be sure that your Configuration Manager 2012 Client has no certificates assigned to itself, next you should browse to c:windowssystem32sysprep and start sysprep.exe. Choose “Enter System Out-of-Box Experience (OOBE)”, enable the option Generalize and Shutdown.
The sysprep phase will start and clean up the system before sealing the Windows 8 operating system.
After the machine has been shutdown, start the machine into WinPE (with command line support), and press F8 when WinPE has been started.
When in the dos box connect to a server with imagex.exe available and start the following command line:
Imagex.exe /capture c: \cmps1capture$win8CP-x64.wim “Windows 8 Consumer Preview”
The Imagex version I used was from the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2012 beta2. You will see a lot of information about ignored extended attributes, but after that the capturing process will start.
After creating the Image it is ready to import in Configuration Manager 2012.
I the next blog I will have a look at what is possible with the created image. I will also keep on investigating the error 4 issue…..
Update 1-3-2012: Configuration Manager MVP Kenny Buntinx pointed me at the fact that Windows 8 is not (yet) supported by Configuration Manager 2012. Good call from Kenny, let’s hope that RTM will support Windows 8.