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Sysprep & NIC Teaming

Ayman Altounji
Valued Contributor

Sysprep & NIC Teaming


I have a major headache at the moment in that I get the following error when trying to run sysprep. The following is taken from MS TechNet article Q277835.
It refers to the DL380, but I am experiencing the same problem.


If you run Sysprep 1.1 on a Compaq Proliant DL380 computer, when you re start the
computer after the Mini-Setup Wizard finishes, the Mini-Setup Wizard starts
again. This process repeats in a constant loop.


The Compaq Network Teaming and Configuration for Windows 2000 (CPQTEAM) utility
that is used for teaming networks causes this behavior. CPQTEAM is installed
through Compaq's Smart Start utility.


To resolve this issue:

1. Run Sysprep but do not use the Compaq Smart Start utility to install the
driver for teaming the network adapters.

2. Complete the Mini-Setup Wizard.

3. After the computer is running successfully, run the Compaq Smart Start
utility to install the appropriate drivers needed for the computer.

I have removed the NIC's from the OS, and from the hardware configuration and even gone as far as removing them physically from the box.

I really don't want to have to rebuild the server not using smartstart as I have spent time and energy configuring all the apps etc.

Any help would be greatly appreciated

Ayman Altounji
Valued Contributor

Re: Sysprep & NIC Teaming

I'm having the exact same problem. Not using Smartstart is not an option for our server images. Anyone from Compaq plan on addressing this issue?