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WHS causes data loss on Win7 client deployed via sysprep/WAIK RRS feed

  • Question

  • Hi,
    I set up a master computer with W7 Pro 64Bit and installed WHS Connector onto it. Afterwards I sysprepped it with generalize and OOBE and deployed the image using WAIK onto two other computers. All three computers have valid licenses btw.
    Now the problem is that if I start the connector, all computers are identified as a single device, regardless of the device name. The same issue happens with Windows Live Mesh. Note: All sids are different on the three computers, so it's not the sid causing it.

    Question: how to solve this issue?

    Andreas
    MSP, MCP, MCITP
    Friday, November 27, 2009 8:25 PM

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  • Cloning of clients with Connector is not supported, since the unique WHS related identifiers are stored on a point in the registry, which is not touched by Sysprep.
    And since WHS is mainly for home environments, in which deployment tools like sysprep are rarely used, I see no changes happen to this.
    So you should consider to prepare a master image without the Connector software installed.
    Best greetings from Germany
    Olaf

    Friday, November 27, 2009 9:12 PM
    Moderator
  • Cloning of clients with Connector is not supported, since the unique WHS related identifiers are stored on a point in the registry, which is not touched by Sysprep.
    And since WHS is mainly for home environments, in which deployment tools like sysprep are rarely used, I see no changes happen to this.
    So you should consider to prepare a master image without the Connector software installed.
    Best greetings from Germany
    Olaf


    Hello Olaf,
    thanks for the answer. Unfortunately reinstalling the whole master pc is not an option as it took me a whole week to get all the software to run (ever tried installing Lotus Notes 5 onto Windows7 when your hardware does not allow virtualization? ;))

    You don't know the registry key I need to delete/get rid off, right? As Live Mesh is also affected I guess it's not one of those keys stored in the WHS path.

    If you do know it please don't hesitate. I am a MCITP for Windows Vista in home and business environements and a MSP. I do actually know what happens if I press STRG+A and DEL in regedit ;)

    Greetings,
    Andreas
    Friday, November 27, 2009 9:18 PM
  • Hi Andreas,
    in HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows Home Server on the client you find a few "Unique" IDs (like a GUID in Transport or a Unique_Install_ID). I don't know which ID is for what, but I can imagine, that it is not possible to adjust them manually to something matching a counterpart on WHS.
    I would recommend, trying to remove the entire key, delete the master machine from the WHS console (only if you never want to restore that one, but I assume, you have a wim image) and see, if you can reinstall the Connector software later. I know that you can add stuff to a wim file, but removal may be more difficult. Ok, you will find the folder in c:\Program Files and you may also find the related keys in the registry for install/uninstall and the related msi file and remove them. That all together should be sufficient, if the first step is not enough.
    Best greetings from Germany
    Olaf
    Friday, November 27, 2009 9:49 PM
    Moderator