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Horizon View 6: could not parse unattend answer file.


Recently we are extensively test a Horizon View 6 in a combination with the migration of workstations to Windows 8. Start and configure the first machine took an awfully long time. In the end I ran the console and was surprised to read the following message: Windows could not parse or process the unattend answer file for pass [specialize]. The settings specified in the answer file can not be applied. The error was detected while processing settings for component [Microsoft-Windows-Shell-Setup]. Restart of the machine did not help.


Quick search for a solution on the Internet led me to the conclusion, that used Windows key is invalid. After checking, I was found that in a hurry typed KMS key instead of MAK (LAB do not have KMS server). Fixed profile, destroy vm, and another machine is personalized properly.

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Author: Piotr Pisz

Computer always, since I got a Commodore 64 at the end of primary school, through his beloved Amiga and Linux infinite number of consoles, until today, fully virtual day. Since 2001, Unix/Linux Systems Administrator, for seven years a faithful companion and protector of Solaris system, until his sad end. In the year 2011 came in the depths of virtualization, then smoothly ascended into the clouds and continues there today. Professionally working as Systems Architect in the Polish Security Printing Works.

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