Intelligent Provisioning 1.60 breaks 2008 R2 install (will not accept product key during setup)

On HP Proliant ML 310e V2 Gen8 / DL380p Gen8 servers to install 2008R2 /2014R2 using IP 1.60.  After the GUI for Windows setup starts, it fails on the autounattend.xml that IP 1.60 generates on the ProductKey.


After the setup fails it drops you back to a command prompt in WinPE

in the command prompt type the following command

notepad c:autounattend.xml 

this will now open up autounattend.xml in notepad


now press ctrl + f and search for the string ProductKey


just below this string insert a new line contains the string “only the tags”
now save the file
then type the command to begin the installation process

x:WindowsHpssbem.exe 


installation will end fine 🙂