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I am attempting to deploy WES7 using WDS and MDT. I get as far as Installing the Operating System and it comes up with the following error.

Windows setup failed to open Distribution Share [{Deployment Share}{OS}\ds] while trying to calculate how much space is required for installation.

Below is the setuperr.log

Error [0x060705] IBS InitializeDS: failed to open Distribution Share [{Deployment Share}{OS}\ds] with error (0x80030003).

Error IBS CalculateConfigurationFootprintThreadProc: Failed to initialize Distribution Share object with error 0x80030003

Error IBS CalculateSpaceNeededForWindows: Failed to calculate footprint for the configuration with error 0x80030003[gle=0x00000490]

Error [0x601aa] IBS Callback_CalculateDiskSpaceRequirements: An error occurred while collecting dis space requirements ErrorCode is [0x80030003][gle=0x00000490]

Some Googling indicates that error 0x80030003 is a File Not Found error, which makes sense as the \ds folder doesn't exist anywhere in the image that I can find, nor, to my knowledge, has it ever existed.

I have tried creating a new TS but this hasn't done anything. The only thing I have changed from the default deploy TS is the operating system, everything else is the default.

I have done a text search of the entire deployment share looking for any reference to this folder and have found none.

Anyone got any ideas where it is getting this directory from?

The unattend is located here

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did you ever solve this? –  WinOutreach4 Mar 7 '12 at 17:55
Nope, never found a solution. I'm currently trying to use Johan Arwidmark's custom build scripts to deploy the OS as a data image instead but am not having any luck there. Looks like we're stuck with old fashioned portable media! –  hermiod Mar 7 '12 at 20:26
One of the places that this location can come from is the answer file. An unattend.xml file will have the location for the image inside it. –  WinOutreach4 Mar 8 '12 at 16:50
That was the first place I looked. I have done a full in files search of the deployment share and the answer file and there is absolutely no mention of this directory that I can find. That's why it's so confusing! –  hermiod Mar 8 '12 at 18:47
Did you create the unattend manually, with ICE, MDT or SCCM? Would you be willing to post it so I can look through it? You really have me curious about this. –  WinOutreach4 Mar 9 '12 at 18:57

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