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Article Number: 000152246


Preparing Acronis Snap Deploy 5 Server for use on NVMe / Skylake systems

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Table of Contents:

  1. Preparation
  2. Creating the Acronis Windows PE image
  3. Preparing Master Images
  4. Creating OS Templates for Deployment
  5. Create a new Deployment Task
  6. Deploying the captured image to systems

1. Preparation

Perform the following steps before preparing Acronis Snap Deploy 5 Server for use on Non-Volatile Memory express (NVMe)/Skylake systems.

NOTE: This article does require you to have a good working knowledge of Acronis and Windows imaging.
  1. Install Windows Server 2012 R2
  2. Install DHCP
  3. Install Acronis Snap Deploy 5

2. Creating the Acronis Windows PE image:

  1. Open Acronis Snap Deploy 5 Management Console (See Figure 1.)

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    Figure 1. - Acronis Snap Deploy 5 Management Console
  2. Select Tools
  3. Select Create PE image (See Figure 2.)
     
    NOTE: Currently in version 1660, the Linux kernel of Acronis does not have the necessary NVMe drivers. PE does if configured correctly.

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    Figure 2. - Creation of the PE image
  4. Select Create WinPE automatically
  5. Select Create 64-bit media (See Figure 3.)

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    Figure 3. - Creation of 64-bit media
  6. Select Network Settings
  7. Enter the Server IP
  8. Select Acronis PXE Server: (See Figure 4.)

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    Figure 4. - Selecting the Acronis PXE Server
  9. Specify the drivers for network and storage: WINPE10.0-DRIVERS-A03-2K3RC\Winpe\x64 (See figures 5 & 6)

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    Figure 5. - Specifying drivers in the PE build
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    Figure 6. - Summary of the PE build
  10. Verify PE Media is in PXE Server: (See Figure 7.)

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    Figure 7. - Verifying the PE Media
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3. Preparing Master Images

  1. PXE boot to the Acronis Snap Deploy Server on the machine you are creating the image from (Sysprep the image first).

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    Figure 8. - PXE Network Boot using IPv4
  2. Select Acronis Snap Deploy 5 Master Image Creator

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    Figure 9. - Acronis Snap Deploy 5 Master Image Creator
  3. Select all partitions listed

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    Figure 10. - Disk and Volume Options
  4. Select a location for the image to be stored (the image must be accessible to the Acronis Server and the client system)

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    Figure 11. - Stored Image Location
  5. Select Splitting, enter 2048 to split the image into 2GB sections (this is necessary for FAT32 keys, etc)

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    Figure 12. - Imaging Optiosn Review
  6. Repeat steps 1-5 with Windows 10/8.1/7 (all should be using UEFI mode)

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4. Creating OS Templates for Deployment

  1. Go to the Acronis Snap Deploy 5 Management Console
  2. Select Action
  3. Select Manage Templates

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    Figure 13. - Manage Templates
  4. Select Create New

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    Figure 14. - Create New Template
  5. Select Create a new template
  6. Select the previously captured image:

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    Figure 15. - New Template Deployment Wizard
  7. Select all partitions

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    Figure 16. - All Partitions
  8. Select Network utilization
  9. Select Unicast
  10. Enable Acronis Universal Deploy
  11. Select Search removable media for device drivers
  12. Select Search for device drivers in the following locations
  13. Select Add

    Windows 10 example:
    \\dcvbox\DCSHARE\CABS\WinPE10.0-Drivers-A01-6XFM6\winpe\x64\

    Windows 7 example:
    \\dcvbox\DCSHARE\CABS\WINPE3.0-DRIVERS-A20-CT5DP\winpe\x64\

  14. Select Install the following drivers under Specify mass storage drivers to install anyway
  15. Add the following:

    C:\DCSHARE\ape\iastor\Serial-ATA_Driver_PFJ82_WN32_14.8.9.1053_A06\Drivers\Production\Windows10-x64\iaAHCIC.inf
    C:\DCSHARE\ape\iastor\Serial-ATA_Driver_PFJ82_WN32_14.8.9.1053_A06\Drivers\Production\Windows10-x64\iaStorAC.inf


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    Figure 17. - Mass Storage Drivers
  16. Name the Deployment Template for your OS and Boot type (W10x64 UEFI for this example)
  17. Repeat the same process for Windows 7/8.1/10
  18. Click Save

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5. Create a new Deployment Task

  1. Select Deployment Tasks
  2. Select Create

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    Figure 18. - Deployment Tasks
  3. Specify the machines to deploy to
  4. Select the Deployment Template previously created:

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    Figure 19. - Select Deployment Template
  5. Type in the name of the OS in Task Name

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    Figure 20. - OS Name

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6. Deploying the captured image to systems

  1. PXE boot to Acronis Snap Deploy 5
  2. Select Acronis Snap Deploy 5 Agent

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    Figure 21. - Acronis Snap Deploy 5 Agent
  3. The deployment should start automatically

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    Figure 22. - Acronis Deployment Started

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Last Published Date

10 Apr 2021

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3

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