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ConfigMgr 2012 SP1 : The 8dot3name settings are disabled on the volumes upon partitioning and formatting of the local disk.

8:59 am in adk, ConfigMgr, ConfigMgr 2012, ConfigMgr 2012 SP1, OSD, sccm, SCCM 2012, SCCM 2012 SP1, sccm RTM, WAIK by Kenny Buntinx [MVP]


Ever since we’ve been capturing our images with ConfigMgr 2012 SP1 we’ve noticed that 8dot3name creation is disabled on all volumes on the hard drive on the volume level when installing a machine with the same installation source as before (Windows 7 Enterprise SP1 x64). In our environment, we need this to be enabled for certain applications to work properly. ( Almost all Legacy XP Apps that work on Win7) . Nowhere is this change documented .

This wasn’t the case with ConfigMgr 2012 RTM , the difference there was that we where using WAIK instead of ADK.

I’ve been in discussions with the System Center Configuration Manager product team and received a response from them late yesterday.  They did, in fact, change the default behavior of the formatting tools in Windows 8. (ADK) 

They are working with them (ADK Team)  to figure out where/how this change was communicated, and to see how they can best communicate it more broadly.  In the meantime, They’ll continue working with them to figure out what our options are for resolving/working around this issue in Configmgr 2012 SP1.

Workarounds :

One option would be to create your own partitioning and formatting script and use that as a Run Command Line action instead of using there built-in Format and Partition Disk action.  I know that’s not elegant, but may be your best bet for now.

Here’s what the Windows imaging team had to say (with some additions/clarifications from me)…

Windows 8 does have 8.3 disabled on non-OS drives by default.  ImageX (and other Windows imaging tools) does preserve the same when capturing the image, and will apply as how the image was captured.  In the case where files with short file names are in a captured image, but the volume where the image will be applied has 8.3 disabled, WIMGAPI will enable 8.3 on the volume and set the short file names accordingly when the image is applied.

If they formatted a data volume using a Windows 8 format utility, short names would be disabled by default on the volume.  This is the default way format behaves.

How short names get enabled on the system volume is that setup explicitly turns them back on after formatting the system volume.  (i.e. if you’re applying an image and not running Setup, they won’t be turned back on automatically)

They can override this on the format command line with the following switch:  format x: /s:enable (where x: is the drive letter to format)  Unfortunately, you can’t add your own command line switches when using our built-in Format and Partition Disk action.

To manually enable 8.3 naming after formatting, you can use fsutil.exe from the command line:

                fsutil 8dot3name set x: 0 (where x: is the drive letter to enable 8.3 naming on)

This will enable short names on the given volume and it takes effect immediately.  (and yes, 0 does enable short names).  Unfortunately, fsutil.exe is not included in Windows PE, so you would have to copy it over to your boot media and run it with a Run Command Line action.

Hope it Helps,

Kenny Buntinx

MVP System Center Configuration Manager

CM2012 SP1 – No default boot images available / "Only finalized boot images are supported"

7:57 am in adk, CM12, ConfigMgr, ConfigMgr 2012, ConfigMgr 2012 SP1, mcaffee, SCCM 2012, SCCM 2012 SP1, WAIK by Kenny Buntinx [MVP]


Issue : When you do a fresh install or you do an upgrade from Configmgr 2012 RTM to SP1 , you will see your install/upgrade failing with “No default boot images available” or "Only finalized boot images are supported" . The Configmgr setup log file will confirm that the migration/creation of boot images did not succeed.

Adding the boot images manual isn’t working neither. You will see the following error message :



Reason :  You have the following components running in your environment :

  • McAfee VirusScan Enterprise (VSE) 8.8 Patch 2
  • Microsoft Windows Assessment and Installation Kit (WAIK)
  • ADK (Assessment and Deployment Kit)
  • Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) 2012 / SP1
  • Microsoft Configuration Manager 2012 RTM / SP1

Solution :

Issue during upgrade from RTM to SP1 : If you find yourself in this situation where boot images didn’t get updated during site upgrade, you can manually update the boot images using the following instructions:

    1. Rename the boot.wim and the default boot wims in each architecture folder of the <smsinstall>OSD\boot\ folder – both the i386 and x64 to <wim>.bak
    2. Starting with the i386 folder first…Find the install folder of the ADK, which should be here if you installed with the defaults: “C:\Program Files (x86)\Windows Kits\8.0\Assessment and Deployment Kit\Windows Preinstallation Environment\x86\en-us\winpe.wim”. You will need to copy the winpe.wim to the <smsinstall>OSD\boot\i386 folder. Rename it to boot.wim.
    3. You will also need to copy it again, but this time rename it so it matches the name of the default boot wim for the site – so it should look like boot.<packageid>.wim
    4. Update default boot image.
    5. Click “Execute Method” -> input object path as SMS_BootImagePackage.PackageID="<Image ID you see in the Console e.g. POL00001>" -> UpdateDefaultImage
    6. You will need to do this for the x64 folder as well. Do not do this for any custom boot images – this is just to update the default boot wims installed during setup of the site.

Before full install or upgrade :

Folders to exclude from AV scanning:

· Temporary folder for these cases is C:\Windows\TEMP\BootImages\{GUID}.  Exclude C:\Windows\TEMP\BootImages and subfolders.

· Temporary folder for offline servicing is <X:>\ConfigMgr_OfflineImageServicing and several subfolders used for different purposes – staging files, mounting OS, etc. – where <X:> is the StagingDrive value from the Offline Servicing Manager section of the site control file.  If this value is missing, we use the drive where the site is installed.  Exclude <X:>\ConfigMgr_OfflineImageServicing and subfolders.

Information from Mcaffee : KB:

Product team Blog :

Hope it Helps ,

Kenny Buntinx

MVP System Center Configuration Manager 2012