Windows Deployment Services. A technology from Microsoft for network-based installation of Windows operating systems based on PXE.

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How to use Server 2012 WDS advanced multicast features?

First, can I be clear that I already know how to multicast, and using that without a problem. What I would like to know is... how to use the "Improved Multicast Features" that are new for Server 2012 ...
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How do I “connect” one wireless network interface to anothet [closed]

Basically I have two dd wrt routers(TP-LINK and ASUS) working in "LAN-WAN" infrastructure(so they both gateways, gateway-router infrastructure doesn't suit to me) and I want to somehow "connect" ...
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Deploying iSCSI Diskless Clients via WDS

I am trying to install Windows 7 to iSCSI targets that will be booted by diskless clients via iPXE. To do this, I need to setup .wim boot and install images in WDS. Is there a way to create standard ...
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Launch Windows PE on a remote computer

We use WDS to image and reimage (refresh) computers (WDS only, no MDT). A technician can PXE boot to WDS and essentially lite touch the image. What is the best way to achieve this from a remote ...
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Can't connect to DeploymentShare$ from PC attempting to MDT, but can other PCs on the network

I am in the process of setting up MDT and have run across a problem. MDT is installed on a Windows 2012 server, MDT version 6.2.5019.0. Using WDS as well. Active Directory domain, the server is up ...
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PC won't PXE boot to WDS/MDT with Dell Optiplex 755

I am trying to set up a basic MDT solution. I have set one up in the past at a previous job and it worked flawlessly, however here I'm running into a problem and am having no luck getting around it. ...
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MDT 2013 - Client not picking up new Unattend.xml settings

I'm deploying a new image via MDT 2013. I created a new Task Sequence using an existing image and tested it on a VM. I ended up getting the "Unattend.xml Error - Could not parse or process for pass ...
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Moving from WDS to MDT + WDS - Prestaged Computer Name

We previously used just WDS to deploy our images. WDS was setup to request approval for new machines. We used the "Name and Approve" option to name the machines as we added them. If it was ...
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WDS Answer Files - 32bit works, 64bit doesn't

We're getting very stuck in our office at the moment. We're upgrading all of our old XP machines to Win7 over the summer holiday while the school is closed. As we have so many machines we have set ...
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How to have Apple NetInstall and Windows Deployment Services on same subnet

I have both Windows and Apple computers on the same subnet. I have WDS running and I need to add an OS X Mavericks with NetInstall to deploy to Apple products. What configurations do I need to make ...
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WDS install not working, Fails

I am trying to deploy Windows 7 x86 with MDT 2013 and WDS (Server 2012 R2) but it is failing: WDS boots the litetouch WIM (32 or 64 bit) and Lite Touch takes over. I select the Task sequence (Windows ...
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How do I make certain images available when user selects certain boot image? [WDS]

I have a Windows Server 2012 R2 Installation that is used for everything under the sun including Network installation services. I would like to have the server offer certain images based upon the ...
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Using WDS to image a virtual machine using PXE boot fails, suspect issue is in WDS configuration

I'm trying to convert a site imaging procedure from (install old image, update image, recapture image) to (have image on VM, update, snapshot, sysprep, capture, roll back to the snapshot). The first ...
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SCCM Task Sequence Error 0x8007000E

Booted up a VM into the SCCM OSD WinPE, entered password, and selected a task sequence. Before any packages were downloaded, I was hit with error 8007000E. The smsts.log file reports this error, and ...
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Windows Deployment Services Fails After Reboot [RPC Related]

I have installed the Windows Deployment Service as a role on our main Domain Controller, which also has the File Services and DHCP Roles installed on it. During a routine maintenance update for ...
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How do I use StandAlone on WDS without a Domain?

How do I use StandAlone on WDS without a Domain? The Client asks for a Domain Login when I boot to PXE. My server is running in StandAlone mode which I though would bypass this requirement. I've ...
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MDT Domain Deployment Security

I have the following under RULES for under the properties window for deployment: JoinDomain=MYDOMAIN DomainAdmin=MYID DomainAdminDomain=MYDOMAIN DomainAdminPassword=MYPW Is it safe to add the main ...
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Using MDT and adding Microsoft Visual C++ Redistribution Packages

I've been using WDS to deply default images for awhile and I just learned about MDT. I am at the point of adding applications. I want to include all the Microsoft Visual C++ 2005-2010 x86/x64. ...
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How can I create a VPN connection inside windows image?

Just like we can add driver packages to a windows image file can one add a vpn connection preferably thru Add-VpnConnection inside a .wim file ?
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WDS not working after adding VLANs to the Server using Broadcom Suite 4

I've got a very strange problem with Windows Server 2008R2 and 2012 I have two (unconnected) locations where I have similar problems: I had a working Windows AD domain in both locations with a WDS ...
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SCCM 2012 R2 - unknown PC boot over PXE - bcd file error

When I want to boot an unknown PC over PXE an error comes after it starts the boot\x64\pxeboot.n12 file. The error looks like a Windows 8 bluescreen and contains: Recovery Your PC needs to be ...
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Cannot start WDS installation in default language with 2012 R2 boot image

I've a WDS server running Windows 2012 Server and I just uploaded Windows 2012 R2 images to the WDS server. Changed the boot.wim image to the one in the 2012 R2 ISO, but after this change, I was ...
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MDT/WDS Deployment issue

Hi I have setup a MDT/WDS deployment environment. Its almost completed now (images, drivers etc) and I can PXE boot to the server no problem. On running PXE boot on a PC once I enter in my network ...
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Windows Server 2008R2 WDS using MDT added applications but they arent installing

Not important information: I've a MDT server 2010 setup on a Windows 2008 R2 server I've configured DHCP for PXE and its working fine I've a custom Scheduled task configured to set my keyboard, ...
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Initial Deployment-MDT+WDS

So I've been attempting to use Microsoft Deployment Toolkit with Windows Deployment Services to deploy images on a client. The deployment server is running Server 2012 and is both the Domain ...
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Adding Drivers to Boot Images on Windows Deployment Server (Server 2008)

I use WDS to deploy images onto Windows PCs and laptops at work. Whenever we add a new model to be imaged, I'm usually confronted with obstacles to getting the new necessary drivers into the boot ...
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2 DCHP servers and 1 WDS server, same subnet

I have DC1 hosting DCHP. DC2 also has DHCP although it is configured as a failover DHCP server. I have WDS installed on DC2. So I have DHCP and WDS on same server. I have tried all kinds of DHCP ...
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Windows deployment services introduction

I am managing a moderately-sized computer network for school and I have been using Norton Ghost to deploy images across the network. However, recently we have been investigating a switch to another ...
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Determining if imaging is required with WDS

We are a business of under 200 PC's that are looking at implementing preventative maintenance tasks such as regular imaging or updates but would like to see if there is a better method then IT coming ...
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windows deployment can not start

I installed Windows Deployment Services on a TMG machine. This worked fine for me but I decided to move the service to the DC which is a DNS and a DHCP server. I removed the WDS role from the TMG ...
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Activating Windows 7 with MAK passed in Unattend.xml via WDS

I have configured WDS to deploy a Windows 7 Pro image (Volume Licensed) and I'm using an unattend.xml file for the configuration. The only problem I'm running into is activation. I'm passing a MAK ...
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Using WDS to Deploy Custom OEM Image

So we just purchased 75 new HP machines (which all come with Windows 7 Pro OEM licenses) and generally when we make an image for a machine we just use the OEM image because it's already activated and ...
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Which is the most recent version of Virtualbox guest additions work with WindowsPE (possibly needing a signed driver?)

I'm making a windows (2012) deployment server with a capture boot image. I'm building a win7 client image to sysprep on virtualbox. I syspreped it changed the network to boot first and then I get a ...
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Network boot of Windows Defender Offline will not update

I have been working on configuring a network bootable virus removal suite, and I am using the Windows Defender WinPE iso generated from using this 64-bit tool. The tool downloads and creates an ISO ...
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Managing Drivers for Windows Deployment Services

I have been adding a lot of different drivers to our WDS server since my company has been deploying a ton of different hardware recently. Instead of manually downloading and picking through drivers to ...
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XP WDS clients not installing drivers from WDS 2012 server

Let me start by explaining my rather unusual situation. We have a lot of clients that have anywhere between 10 and 20 PC's and servers (ranging from server2012 back to windows XP). As we would like to ...
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Running WDS with multicast enabled from within a Hyper-V cluster

I'm attempting to run a multicast installation with WDS over my network, where WDS is hosted in a virtual machine in a Hyper-V cluster. I believe we've paved over most of the network-related issues - ...
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WDS discovery image not working - Failed to discover WDS Server

I've recently started working with imaging and deployment. We want to use WDS with MDT to manage images, as we're currently just imaging each different model of computer with Acronis, and have ~10 ...
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WDS deploying Different architectures (64-bit and 32-bit) with a single boot image

At the moment I have a WDS server set up with 2 Windows 7 boot images (32 Bit and 64 Bit) because we are running a mixed environment which will stay mixed for the near future. We are moving to a VLAN ...
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How does the “Use IP address from the following range” option work in WDS?

I'm currently in the process of learning how I can setup a multicast session for installing several clients with the same image via Windows Deployment Services. I have been looking at the "Use IP ...
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WDS's MDT DeploymentShare and REMINST replicated with DFS-R does not read WIM from local WDS

I've read several guides on using DFS-R with WDS and MDT to replicate REMINST and DeploymentShare, and I have a particularly strange problem. On the receiving server, after configuring WDS and ...
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WDS error: Windows cannot install required files. Make sure all files required for installation are available, and restart the installation

I have a Windows 8.1 x64 image that I sysprep'd and captured onto a Windows 2008R2 WDS server. When attempting to install it on a fresh client, the first action "Copying Windows Files" happens in ...
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Windows Server 2012 WDS and Linux Booting

I've been playing with WDS for awhile now because I want to setup a network based boot system for all my business to make it quicker to load images. We use a lot of Linux based OSes and after some ...
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WDS 2008 R2 / 2012 Discovery client not asking for the correct architecture

Background info: we're running on a network where we don't control DNS or DHCP, but we run a domain within it. We are trying to use WDS with a discovery image pointing to our WDS server. Odd issue ...
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Windows Deployment Server Answer Files for PC's with RAID Controllers

I currently have a Windows Deployment Server running on Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard, and so far it has worked without any issues. I am able to capture and deploy images to the majority of the ...
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WDS - Clients receive Error: PXE-E53: No boot filename received

I have setup WDS on Windows 2008 server in a Vmware box so I can practise setting up WDS,the server has DNS and DHCP as well as AD, the boot image is confirmed as working but when my clients try to ...
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Windows Deployment Services 2008 R2 issue

The current message that I am receiving after the deployment and at the end of the configuring of the OS is "Windows could not parse or process the unattend answer file for pass [specialize]. The ...
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WDS deployment installs fine, consistently fails to setup: how do I diagnose what went wrong?

I'm using WDS with a reference image and boot file from a Win 7 iso. I get it to successful install sans answer file however when it reboots and tries to set up services, devices, etc. it gives an ...
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Why is the WIM Image becoming so large?

I've created a WIM file with filesize of 120MB (based on WinPE3.1). When I add it to the Boot Images section, the presented filesize somehow became 746MB. When I sniff the bandwidth of the network ...
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MDT WDS network boot is very slow

Server is running 2008R2 with WDS role enabled. Using MDT 2012 I have created a boot image and imported it into WDS. Client computers can boot from the WDS and it says "Windows is loading files..." ...