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Create Multiple Partitions on a Device

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Create Multiple Partitions on a Device

The default templates and samples that are included with Automated Deployment Services (ADS) can create only one partition on a target device. When you deploy an image to a computer using ADS, you may want to create more than one partition in certain scenarios. For example, you may want to install the operating system on drive C and store program data on drive D.

Steps for creating multiple partitions are described in "HOW TO: Create Multiple Partitions by Using the Bmpart.exe Tool in Automated Deployment Services" in Microsoft Knowledge Base Article - 821303.

Display OEM Partition Types

OEM partition types can be displayed using the Bmpart.exe tool within a Deployment Agent task sequence. Use the -g option to have Bmpart return the partition information. The partition type value may vary by OEM.

Following are some common definitions for partition types:

  • 0x12 // EISA partition (Compaq)
  • 0x84 // Hibernation partition for laptops
  • 0xA0 // Diagnostic partition on some Hewlett-Packard (HP) notebooks
  • 0xDE // Dell partition
  • 0xFE // IBM IML partition

The following is a sample OEM utility partition deployment sequence. The first task creates the OEM partition.

<task description="Create Util partition" doesReboot="false">
  <command>/BMONITOR/bmpart.exe</command> 
 	<parameters>
  <parameter>\device\harddisk0</parameter> 
  <parameter>-init</parameter> 
  <parameter>"-t:0x12"</parameter> 
  <parameter>-c:35</parameter> 
  <parameter>-a</parameter> 
  </parameters>
  </task>

The second part downloads the partition.

<task description="Download Utility image" doesReboot="false">
  <command>/IMAGING/imgbmdeploy.exe</command> 
 <parameters>
  <parameter>"cpqutil-35mb"</parameter> 
  <parameter>\device\harddisk0\partition1</parameter> 
  <parameter>-r</parameter> 
  <parameter>-client</parameter> 
  </parameters>
  </task>

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