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DS 7.5 - Increase RAMDRIVE space to run the image deployment


Article ID: 161609


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Deployment Solution


In some instances we have noticed that Deployanywhere crashed because of Insufficient RAMDRIVE space to run the image deployment.

For example the space assigned to the Automation X drive do not seem to be enough for DeployAnywhere to run on Windows 8.1 update1

Deployanywhere crash in automation with no error returned to the console


 The default RAMDISK space assigned to the Automation X drive do not seem to be enough for DeployAnywhere to run on Windows 8.1 update1


1 - Locate the default.bdc file usually stored in: "C:\Program Files\Altiris\Deployment\BDC\bootwiz\oem\DS\winpe\default.bdc"

2 - Edit the "scratch" space in WinPE (free space on the X Drive) by modifying default.bdc, specifying the value of



(We assume cilent machines to have at least 512MB RAM)

If this value is not specified, then WinPE defaults to 32MB of scratch space. If this value is specified, then bootwiz calls the “peimg /scratchspace” command when creating the WinPE boot image. (Note: that this is when creating the boot image, not when booting into the boot image.)

Valid values (Per Microsoft) are 32, 64, 128, 256 and 512

3 - This must be added to all copies of bootwiz, on all task servers. To update the package delete the snapshot for the corresponding GUID({374E1C49-4F58-4F5C-8D51-07A30F0D44AD}) in: "%ProgramData%\Symantec\SMP\Snapshots\"

4 - Run Task Scheduler from SMP: "Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Administrative Tools\Task Scheduler"

5 - From Task Scheduler Library run: "NS.Package Refresh"

6 - Update the SMA on all site servers with task server and check the update "default.bdc" has been delivered to the following locations:

  • C:\Program Files\Altiris\Altiris Agent\Agents\Deployment\SBS\Bootwiz\{374E1C49-4F58-4F5C-8D51-07A30F0D44AD}\cache\bootwiz\default.bdc
  • C:\Program Files\Altiris\Altiris Agent\Package Delivery\{374E1C49-4F58-4F5C-8D51-07A30F0D44AD}\cache\bootwiz\default.bdc
  • C:\Program Files\Altiris\Altiris Agent\Agents\Deployment\SBS\Bootwiz\{374E1C49-4F58-4F5C-8D51-07A30F0D44AD}\cache\bootwiz\oem\DS\winpe\default.bdc
  • C:\Program Files\Altiris\Altiris Agent\Package Delivery\{374E1C49-4F58-4F5C-8D51-07A30F0D44AD}\cache\bootwiz\oem\DS\winpe\default.bdc

7 - Re-create preboot environment

8 - Wait for Bootwiz to finish (on NBS server - usually the site server)

9 - Test automation (note below the RAMDISK size has now increased to MAX)

Applies To

Deployment Solution 7.5