Deploying Windows Server on blade servers

This tip is about troubleshooting an issue when using MDT to deploy Windows to blade servers. A colleague tried using MDT to deploy Windows to a bunch of blade servers but with one of them they kept getting the following error:

Setup was unable to create a new system partition or locate an existing system partition

After opening the chassis and investigating the problem blade they discovered that there was a USB flash drive plugged into a USB slot inside the blade. The purpose of this flash drive was for loading firmware, and after it was removed the deployment succeeded.

The above tip was previously published in an issue of WServerNews, a weekly newsletter from TechGenix that focuses on the administration, management and security of the Windows Server platform in particular and cloud solutions in general. Subscribe to WServerNews today by going to and join almost 100,000 other IT professionals around the world who read our newsletter!

Mitch Tulloch is an eleven-time recipient of the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) award and a widely recognized expert on Windows Server and cloud computing technologies.  Mitch is also Senior Editor of WServerNews. For more information about him see

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