Dec 052014

The Dell model Precision M3800 has a SSD disk configured as a second harddisk, disk 1. Disk 0 is a magnetic drive.

Problem in SCCM2012 is that I was unabel to find a fast solution for the fact that partitioning didn`t went well in the task sequence. I got different results with different configurations but no disk 0 with a driver letter D and a disk 1 with a drive letter C.

I wrote this diskpart script to partition the drive en format the Dell Precision M3800. It will format both drivers, only for first install`s.

rem ++++ change the bootmedia driver letter
select vol c
assign letter=g
select vol d
assign letter=h
rem ++++ Format SSD drive 1
select disk 1
convert gpt
rem ++ Par 1
create partition primary size=300
format quick fs=ntfs label="Windows RE tools"
set id="de94bba4-06d1-4d40-a16a-bfd50179d6ac"
gpt attributes=0x8000000000000001
rem ++ Par 2
create partition efi size=100
format quick fs=fat32 label="System"
rem ++ Par 3
create partition msr size=128
rem ++ Par 4
create partition primary 
format quick fs=ntfs label="Windows"
assign letter="C"
rem ++++ Format Magnetic drive 0
select disk 0
create partition primary 
format quick fs=ntfs label="Storage"
assign letter="D"

Create a package with the txt file and run it with diskpart.

Screen 05-dec 0005

The USB ethernet USB-dongle delivered with the notebook should be able to work with PXE. Non the less I wass able to boot only once in 20 try`s in different setups from PXE in UEFI mode.
It does work better in legacy BIOS mode, but in UEFI mode it doesn`t.
More info at this post from John Willes; Dell XPS 15, PXE booting over USB NIC


Jun 022014
  • Windows 8.1 Update
  • VMware Workstation 10.0.2
  • Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2013

When setting up a test environment in VMware Workstation for MDT and Windows 8.1 Update I came across this error message “The following networking device did not have a driver installed. PCI\VEN_1022&DEV_2000&SUBSYS_20001022&REV_10” after importing the storage and network drivers into the boot image.

Screen 08-mei 0004

The networkdriver did not match the hardware. After adding the line ‘ethernet0.virtualDev = “e1000e”‘ to the vmx config file of the WIndows 8.1 VM the drivers worked.

ethernet0.present = "TRUE"
ethernet0.vnet = "VMnet2"
ethernet0.connectionType = "custom"
ethernet0.wakeOnPcktRcv = "FALSE"
ethernet0.addressType = "generated"
ethernet0.virtualDev = "e1000e"