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I've now been blogging here since 2007! ...Wow, has it been that long already?! Over the years, I've covered a wide array of subjects from scripting, troubleshooting, to the occasional hobby project. I have literally heard from thousands of you over the years with questions or even just offering me a bit of thanks!

Recently, I quit my full-time job and started work on an IT business, Rhythm IT Solutions, helping other IT departments manage their IT environments. We're offering consulting & professional services (Office 365 Migrations, Network Discovery, Firewall Management, etc...) as well as Endpoint Management (AV, Patch Management EDR, Managed Backup, etc...)



If there is something (on my blog or not) that you could use some additional help with, I would LOVE to hear from you! Please feel free to reach out to me using the contact links here or the contact form on Rhythm's website.

For those wondering, I do plan on continuing my work on the blog. So don't worry! There are plenty of Greg Strike posts yet to come! 😊 Thanks for stopping by!

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I was having a problem while applying an Windows 2008 R2 image that I had recently sysprepped. I’ve created many images before but I was getting the following error.

Windows could not parse or process the unattend answer file for pass [specialize].  A component or non-list setting is specified more than once in the answer file.

Argh! Microsoft, your log files say nothing useful and troubleshooting this was a pain! None of the setuperr.log files show any errors. They are all 0 bytes! I’m using the same Unattend.xml I’ve been using for other 2008 R2 images, but just in case, I checked, double-checked and checked again… Everything looked fine.

The only thing different with this image vs. others is that it was based off an image that had already been sysprepped once before. Sysprep apparently caches a copy of the unattend.xml file during the sysprep passes in the C:\Windows\Panther folder. So, In order to resolve this issue I deleted everything (folders and files) in the C:\Windows\Panther folder. After doing this it resolved my issue. I imagine that since the Windows Vista and Windows 2008 sysprep system are almost identical that this will work for those OSes as well.



PLEASE READ FIRST!

I've now been blogging here since 2007! ...Wow, has it been that long already?! Over the years, I've covered a wide array of subjects from scripting, troubleshooting, to the occasional hobby project. I have literally heard from thousands of you over the years with questions or even just offering me a bit of thanks!

Recently, I quit my full-time job and started work on an IT business, Rhythm IT Solutions, helping other IT departments manage their IT environments. We're offering consulting & professional services (Office 365 Migrations, Network Discovery, Firewall Management, etc...) as well as Endpoint Management (AV, Patch Management EDR, Managed Backup, etc...)



If there is something (on my blog or not) that you could use some additional help with, I would LOVE to hear from you! Please feel free to reach out to me using the contact links here or the contact form on Rhythm's website.

For those wondering, I do plan on continuing my work on the blog. So don't worry! There are plenty of Greg Strike posts yet to come! 😊 Thanks for stopping by!

PLEASE READ FIRST!





Gregory Strike

Husband, father, IT dude & blogger wrapped up into one good looking package.