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 MDT 2010 Lite Touch, Windows XP and VMware Workstation 7.0 Minimize
Location: BlogsJohan Arwidmark    
Posted by: johan 1/12/2010

Recently I have received quite a number of emails from people having problem using VMware Workstation 7.0 to build reference images with MDT 2010 Lite Touch. Here is a guide...

Verify the XP media, the VM, and get the drivers

First, verify that the Windows XP Pro Media is working correctly, and that your vmware workstation VM happily will deploy XP. And as a bonus - get all the vmware drivers unpacked and ready to import later on.

  1. Download the Windows XP Pro SP3 ISO from Microsoft
  2. Create a Virtual Machine with the following Settings
    Hardware Compatibility: Workstations 6.5-7.0
    Install From: I will install the operating system later
    Guest operating system: Microsoft - Windows XP Professional
    Processor Configuration:
    Memory: (512 MB)
    Network Type: Use host-only networking
    SCSI Adapter: Buslogic
    Virtual Disk SCSI:
    Disk Size: 40 GB
  3. Take a snapshot of the virtual machine
  4. Configure the VM to use the Windows XP Pro SP3 iso 
  5. Start the VM, and boot from the Windows XP iso, during setup start, press F6 to load a third party mass storage driver
  6. When prompted for additional mass storage drivers, connect the VMware SCSI Driver Floppy (C:\Program Files\VMware\VMware Workstation\Resources\vmscsi.flp), and press S to specify additional drivers and select the VMWARE SCSI Controller.
  7. After the textpart of the setup is complete, disconnect the SCSI Driver Floppy.
  8. After the Windows XP Pro SP3 Setup is complete, install the VMware Tools
  9. From the VM, copy the following folders from C:\Program Files\VMware\VMware Tools\Drivers to your deployment server
  10. From the VM, copy the following folders from C:\Program Files\Common Files\VMware\Drivers to your deployment server

Configure the Deployment Server

  1. On your MDT 2010 Lite Touch deployment server, extract the Windows XP Pro ISO file to a folder.
  2. Then, using the MDT 2010 Deployment Workbench, Create a deployment share
  3. Import the Windows XP Operating System (Unattend setup)
  4. Import the vmware drivers
  5. Create a task sequence
  6. Update the deployment share
  7. Copy the LiteTouchPE_x86.iso to the host PC
  8. Revert the XP VM back to its snapshot, configure it to boot from the LiteTouchPE_x86.iso, start it and complete the deployment wizard (select WORKGROUP and to capture to an image)
  9. MDT will now deploy Windows XP, inject the vmware drivers, run sysprep and create a Wim file on the server.


If you want to reduce the time it takes to run sysprep to just a few minutes, do the following:

  1. In the folder where you have the XP operating System, create a $OEM$\$1\Drivers\Ref_VMSCSI folder and copy the VMware SCSI driver to that folder.
  2. In the Task Sequence, disable the "Add mass storage drivers to sysprep.inf for XP and 2003" action.
  3. Configure the [Sysprep] and [SysprepMassStorage] sections in sysprep inf to look like below.

    ;   BuildMassStorageSection = Yes

    ; Added for VMware VMSCSI Support
    PCI\VEN_104B&DEV_1040 = C:\Drivers\Ref_VMSCSI\vmscsi.inf
    ; Below driverlist is Common XP builtin drivers

Deploy the image

To test deploying the new image.

  1. Import the Windows XP Pro SP3 Custom Image.
  2. Create a new task sequence
  3. Revert the XP VM back to its snapshot, configure it to boot from the LiteTouchPE_x86.iso, start it and complete the deployment wizard (don't select to capture the image)
  4. MDT will now deploy the Windows XP Pro SP3 Custom Image



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Comments (3)  
Re: MDT 2010 Lite Touch, Windows XP and VMware Workstation 7.0    By jafar on 1/12/2010
You do not receve this error message :

"Unable to copy unattend.xml for sysprep, not found
ZTI ERROR – Unhandled error returned by LTIsysprep: The system caot find the files specified: The system cannot find the file specified "

When you boot from "Lite Touch Windows PE" WDS Image ???

Re: MDT 2010 Lite Touch, Windows XP and VMware Workstation 7.0    By raideray on 2/2/2010
I'm just trying to capture a Windows XP SP3 image (new to MDT 2010) and I get the same error as jafar when the capture starts. Not sure where to create the unattend.xml file. Thanks,


Re: MDT 2010 Lite Touch, Windows XP and VMware Workstation 7.0    By raideray on 3/23/2010
Have to login to the reference machine, map a drive to the deploymentshare and run litetouch.vbs from the scripts folder.

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