I think it may be easiest to recreate your Windows base image using
non-UEFI partitions. Although I didn't seem to have trouble loading
the image, I did have difficulties getting xCAT to boot to the Windows
partition after it was loaded. The problem I encountered was that the
Windows installer changed the boot order for the blade in the BIOS.
It replaced "Local Disk" with something like "Windows Boot Partition".
The image would not boot when it was loaded on other blades which
still had "Local Disk" in the boot order.
I disabled the UEFI extension in the BIOS, set the boot order back to
Local Disk, and reinstalled Windows 7. This caused the Windows
installer to create normal partitions and it didn't mess with the BIOS
settings. This captured image then worked on other blades.
Hope this helps,
On Fri, Jun 24, 2011 at 3:12 PM, Prem Kumar <prem.it.ku...@gmail.com> wrote:
> hi Josh,
> i will give it a try with the latest partimage-ng, so that i can
> recreate rootimg.gz with new partimage, could you provide pointers to
> creating the rootimg.gz, i am amazed how tiny it is.
> you mention that you heavily use partimage, from this i understand
> that it takes care of creating the efi, msr and primary partition
> required for windows? do i get this wrong that we need these sets of
> partitions for windows.
> hoping to hear from you on the above questions before you leave for
> your break, - in any case have a wonderful break. hopefully i will
> understand this better by then.
> On Fri, Jun 24, 2011 at 3:03 PM, Josh Thompson <josh_thomp...@ncsu.edu> wrote:
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>> We're not using partimage-ng. So, I haven't worked with it since I initially
>> wrote the code to handle it. partimage can definitely handle a mix of
>> and linux images. We use it quite heavily. Also, I see there is a newer
>> version of partimage-ng than the one I compiled into the rootimg.gz image,
>> it can even handle LVM partitions. So, it may be worth giving that a shot.
>> was hoping to see if I could replicate your problem soon but didn't have time
>> to. I'm out all next week. So, it'd be the first week of July before I'll
>> have any time to do any testing with it.
>> On Thursday June 23, 2011, Prem Kumar wrote:
>>> hi Josh,
>>> i seem to get a feeling that partimage-ng cannot support 'UEFI; based
>>> partitions, hence when it tries to restore an image to a disk with a
>>> previously installed linux partition, results in an error.
>>> could you confirm that if partimage/partimage-ng could be used to
>>> capture/restore bare metal images of Windows? if this isn't true, then
>>> is WinPE the only option?
>>> On Thu, Jun 23, 2011 at 11:14 AM, Prem Kumar <prem.it.ku...@gmail.com>
>>> > hello again,
>>> > i have not been able to restore a 'windows 7' image back onto a node
>>> > that initially had an 'rhel' installed, essentially due to difference
>>> > in partitions.
>>> > since i ended up using partimage-ng for creating 'rhel' images by
>>> > setting usepartimageng=1 in the /install/postscripts/partimageng
>>> > script. now i am married to using partimage-ng section of the
>>> > /install/postscripts/partimageng script.
>>> > -- any idea how i could resolve this? I missing something again?
>>> > could we zero out the partition on restore and would it work?
>>> > regards,
>>> > prem.
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