It lists the cause of my error as:
"This error may occur if the Windows Software Licensing Rearm program has run more than three times in a single Windows image"
I am confused....has it run more than 3 times? Did I run it without knowing it? Does the PC run this itself and indeed over the course of the 3 days it's taken me to build the PC it's run in the background?
It lists the solution to my problem as:
To resolve this issue, you must rebuild the Windows image
What does this mean? Surely it does nt mean start again and re-install win7 from scratch and all our apps again?
It does say there is a workaround which is:
To work around this issue, use the <SkipRearm> setting in an XML answer file (Unattend.xml) to skip the Rearm process when you build the Windows image.
It then goes on to say:
You must make sure that the <SkipRearm> setting is removed from the final unattended file that is used to deploy computers in a production environment. If <SkipRearm> is not removed from the unattended file that is used to deploy computers in a production environment, the KMS current client count does not increase for new clients that are added to the network.
What does that mean?
This is the final unattended XML that I am using is nt it? It's going to be captured by the imagex.exe process - or is there some way to edit the unattend.xml with the Rearm part - run sysprep - capture the image - and then replace the unattend.xml file with one with the rearm part taken out.
How many times have you sysprep'd this image?
Did you know you can only sysprep win7 3 times?! then it is game over and there is no work around! We got this message and racked our brains for ages until we found out the behaviour of sysprep.
We build an image then ghost it. then we sysprep it, then if we have to revisit the image to ammend we ghost back to box then update - ghost back then sysprep again so the sysprep count always looks like its on '1'.
Last edited by Paid_Peanuts; 25th March 2011 at 11:03 AM.
The said WPA vulnerability is related to a WPA registry key which contains Last Rearm Time information in Windows 7. When the WPA registry key is deleted, the whole licensing status of Windows 7 is re-initiated to the Initial Grace Period (more on Windows 7 and Visa license status), as if Windows 7 is just installed in OOBE (out of the box experience). The deletion of the WPA registry key is achievable with the following command:
With the importance of WPA registry key, it’s understandable the Microsoft locks the key and all its sub-keys from been changed, modified, removed or deleted in normal user session. So users have to run the command manually from WinRE (Windows Recovery Environment) or WinPE (Windows Preinstallation Environment).
What I did was :
Install win7 from our original DVD media, then did all the MS updates and a few reg tweaks then sysprepped, created an image file using imagex and followed some instructions to merge the wim file in to our original media and created a bootable iso -which successfully installs windows 7.
I used this DVD to install windows 7 again and then I installed all of our apps and tested it all.
I've now come to create a new wim file and a bootable USB stick so we can roll this image out....
Have I bust it by using the DVD I've created which was from a sysprepped image
I'm really struggling to understand what the re-arm thing is and why this is so complicated.....