Unable to read task sequence configuration disk on virtual machine

Glenn Sutter 1 Reputation point
2022-03-12T02:31:37.87+00:00

I deployed Windows 10 Enterprise to my virtual Windows 10 machine (hosted on Azure) using MECM. I RDP'ed into that machine, opened Software Center, clicked on Operating Systems on the left, saw the OS which I had pushed to it, named "Windows 10 Enterprise 21H2", and clicked the Install button. Since that moment, I have been unable to remote into the Windows 10 machine by any means. I used the screenshot tool in MS Azure to see what is currently on the screen of that Windows 10 machine, and it keeps alternating between two windows:

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WINDOW 1:

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All the text in that image is below:

Please wait...

IT Organization

Initializing Windows PE

Initializing hardware devices...

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WINDOW 2:

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All the text in that image is below:

Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager

Task Sequence Error

IT Organization

Initializing Windows PE

Unable to read task sequence configuration disk. For more information, contact your system administrator or helpdesk operator.

The computer will automatically restart in xx:xx:xx

Restart Now

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My virtual Windows 10 machine has been doing this for 8 days now and is totally unusable. How do I break it out of this loop?

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  1. Simon Ren-MSFT 30,681 Reputation points Microsoft Vendor
    2022-03-15T02:35:43.323+00:00

    Hi,

    Thanks for posting in Microsoft MECM Q&A forum.

    Per my experience, we could not do pxe or boot from an ISO media from MECM on Azure VM directly. We can try to create a Task Sequence to build a VHD image and then upload the image to Azure and configure it as an Image.

    Please refer to:
    SCCM OSD on Azure VM
    Prepare a Windows VHD or VHDX to upload to Azure

    Hope it helps. Have a nice day!

    Best regards,
    Simon


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  2. Limitless Technology 39,421 Reputation points
    2022-03-17T12:35:48.797+00:00

    Hi @Glenn Sutter

    The Task Sequence error appears at the stage of Initializing Windows PE when you have started the deployment.

    It’s best to examine the SMSTS.log to troubleshoot OSD-related problems, learn to read SMSTS.log is very important, and be aware of the location of SMSTS log files for different phases of deployment.

    To fix the Unable to Read Task Sequence Configuration Disk, you can try formatting the disk by diskpart commands. There is also a Hotfix installation for this issue you can check it from the below article.

    Windows PE boot images don't initialize in System Center Configuration Manager
    https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/topic/windows-pe-boot-images-don-t-initialize-in-system-center-configuration-manager-6795eb23-0162-1eaa-2e22-de3a9e09ecfb

    Hope this resolves your Query!!

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  3. Simon Ren-MSFT 30,681 Reputation points Microsoft Vendor
    2022-03-21T08:35:01.543+00:00

    Hi,

    Hope everything goes well. May we know the current status of the question?

    During my research, I found some helpful guides about cloud OS Deployment:
    Cloud OS Deployment, Part 1 – Running MDT Task Sequences from Microsoft Intune
    Cloud OS Deployment, Part 2 – Bare Metal Deployment via MDT from the Cloud
    Please note: The links are not from Microsoft, just for your reference. Thanks for your time.

    If there is any other assistance we can provide, please feel free to let us know, we will do our best to help you.

    Best regards,
    Simon


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