Microsoft Enterprise Platforms Support: Windows Server Core Team
My name is Scott McArthur, a Senior Support Escalation Engineer who focuses on deployment issues. My topic for today’s blog entry involves an issue where a customer was deploying Windows Server 2008 by replacing the default install.wim on the Windows Server 2008 media with a custom install.wim.
When booting up the DVD they encountered the following error
The x:\windows\panther\setuperr.log contained the following:
SetWindowsImageInfoOnBB:Failed while updating EditionID for volume PID.[gle=0x00000057]
CallBack_SetImageInfoOnBB:Failed to read and cache the Windows image's metadata; GLE is [0x0]
CallBack_SetImageInfoOnBB:An error occurred while trying to read and cache the images' metadata;
When you deploy a custom install.wim with Image Based Setup (IBS) it must know the edition of the image.
You can verify this by running the imagex /info command with the install.wim. For example
The image metadata must contain an entry similar to this. If you do not see the following metadata entry then you know it was not captured by using /flags
When capturing the image you must use the following syntax
Where EditionID is:
HomeBasic, HomePremium, Starter, Ultimate, Business, Enterprise, ServerDatacenter, ServerEnterprise,
To fix this without re-capturing the image do the following on computer that has the WAIK installed
1. Click Start, All Programs, Microsoft Windows AIK, and select “Windows PE Tools Command Prompt”
2. Copy whole contents of DVD to c:\flat
3. Run the following command to add the EditionID to the metadata
4. Run the following command to recapture the ISO
Note if you use Microsoft Deployment Toolkit to create and capture your images it automatically adds the /flags switch. Microsoft Deployment Toolkit is the preferred tool to use for deploying Windows.
Additional information on the /flags switch can be found in the Windows AIK help files. Specifically the WAIK.CHM in the imagex command line options.
Scott McArthur Senior Support Escalation Engineer Microsoft Enterprise Platforms Support
Excellent article, recently I download the iso image related to Small Business Server 2008 and I found the same problem with the image DVD4_AddServerInstallationx64.iso selected in spanish lenguage, so I will tray your recomendation.
Can the flags metadata be used in an unattend.xml?
Is it possible to deploy a captured XP .wim image via USB using a Vista/ 7 PE?
If so what would the "EditionID" flag be for the various flavours of XP?