The Product Services team recently started to get a number of cases with users getting the following error during Capturing or Deploying a captured image that contained Internet Explorer 10:
Error: "Windows could not parse or process unattend answer file [C:\windows\Panther\unattend.xml] for pass [specialize]. A component or setting specified in the answer file does not exist."
This one has some of us spinning in circles quite a bit. We were able to deduce that it was something in the “Specialize” section of the unattended.xml, but weren’t sure which part was causing the error.
After some researching and testing, I found that it was due to Internet Explorer 10. There is a component for Internet Explorer in the unattend.xml put in by MDT by default that is no longer a part of Internet Explorer 10. So, in this particular situation, when you go to create the capture or deploy the capture, the above error pops up. The good news is that even if you get the error after you create your capture you can still use that image. What you have to do is edit the Unattend.xml file on your Specops Deploy server in the following path for that particular captured image.
Search and remove the Internet Explorer component from the “Specialize” section which will be similar to this:
<component name="Microsoft-Windows-IE-InternetExplorer" processorArchitecture="amd64" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS" xmlns:wcm="http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance"><IEWelcomeMsg>false</IEWelcomeMsg> < /component>
After you save the unattend.xml file you will need to publish your Deployment Repository. You can use that captured image to successfully deploy now.
Just keep in mind that this may be one of many errors/solutions to a unattend.xml error that is out here. Some good information on this issue I found on Microsoft’s MDT forum was in this article:
Heather Pacan, Product Specialist