Deploying Surface 2 Pro with ConfigMgr 2012 SP1 CU3

This week I was assigned the task of deploying a Windows 8.1 Enterprise x64 image to a few Surface 2 Pro machines, using ConfigMgr 2012 SP1 CU3 integrated with MDT 2012 Update 1.

I had already created the necessary WinPE 5.0 boot images as outlined on Niall Brady's blog, and applied the UEFI fix from Ronni Pedersens blog to the task sequence, but deployment still failed with the following error:

OsdDiskPart.exe – Application Error
The instruction at 0x5706c0b9 referenced memory at 0x00000680. The memory could not be read. Click on OK to terminate the program.

After some research, this turned out to be another known issue. The task sequence creates EFI partitions on the drive multiple times, and that causes OsdDiskpart.exe to choke and die.

Note: This is also valid for ConfigMgr 2012 R2 and MDT 2013, and not only for Surface 2, but for about any deployment of UEFI enabled devices. It totally sucks that these bugs weren't fixed before release, but at least there are good workarounds.

The workaround

Configure the two extra UEFI partition steps to not create EFI partitions, but instead just create and format a single partition. See below example (and then repeat for the second "Format and Partition Disk (UEFI) action").

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Happy Deployment,
/ Johan

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7 years ago

I have tested this configuration with Hyper-V Gen 2 VMs as well, I blogged about it here: https://deploymentresearch.com/Research/tabid/62/EntryId/139/Deploying-UEFI-machines-with-ConfigMgr-2012-R2.aspx

/ Johan

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abits
7 years ago

further error BCDboot failed! bcdboot.exe c:windows /i en-us failed (15299)stdout:failure when attempting to copy boot files stderr:

abits
abits
7 years ago

Hi Johan

Just tried this workaround using a default MDT TS from CM12R2 no customizations, other than the obove to the UEFI Steps
and bombed after image is deployed with
System Partition not set
Unable to find the Partition that contains the OS Boot Loaders Please ensure the harddisks have been properly partitioned

*note this was on a Gen 2 VM within 2012 R2 hyper v Host


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