Snap Deploy Tips Not Covered In User Manual
I wanted to share somethings that I have found and fixed through my own testing and troubleshooting that are not found or discussed in the user manual for Snap Deploy 5. I feel that some of these tips will be quite helpful for user new to Snap Deploy. Hopefully this can be pinned here or added to the user manual.
-If you create an image using a computer that was syspreped, according to Acronis support, when you create your image deployment template you must choose "as in the master image" to deploy your image. I initially was choosing use entire disk and had tons of issues with random corrupted MBR.
-I find myself creating new master images from time to time due to installation of Windows updates, driver updates, new applications et cet. I would replace my master image in the repository with my newly created master image and attempt to deploy this new image without making any other changes. I would end up with trouble and errors trying to boot an imaged machine with my new image. I finally discovered that a new deployment template may need created anytime you deploy a new master image. This is because the partition size and location probably changes and is not reflected in a previous template. I think this can be easily overlooked. My testing with this has been successful so far.
-When creating a new master image on a machine: From my experience, it is best to have the machine off of your domain when creating the master image. Additionally, make sure the firewall is completely off while creating the master image and lastly, you must install the Snap Deploy agent on the machine you are taking the image from before you attempt to create the image.
I will keep adding to this post as I find new resolutions. Hopefully this is helpful to someone.