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

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Windows 2012 - WDS unattend Partition

I'm trying to install Windows 2012 via Windows 2012 WDS. The installer displays the following error message: the partition selected for the installation (1) does not exist on disk 0. Make sure the ...
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Windows Deployment Screen going blank and out of range

For some reason, all our Windows 7 deployment images seem to have developed a stange issue. As the install gets to the end of the process, the monitor is going blank and displaying 'out of range' ...
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WDS deployed image of Windows 7 not joining domain

I would like for someone to chip in and take a look at these files and let me know if I'm doing something wrong. I'm running a test environment with Win2k8 R2 with WDS, AD DS, DNS and DHCP in ...
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Windows 7 unattended install and disk/partition wiping

Im currently having a problem when trying to setup an unattended install of windows 7. When the hard drive has no partitions the install goes fine. However if the hard drive has any existing ...
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WDS Creating answer file for boot.wim

I'm trying to get the final step of an unattend install working. I have 2 images: boot.wim install.wim I've added drivers to both, and the reference install wim works fine with included programs ...
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Remove Computers added to WDS database without a name

We run WDS on Server 2008 R2. We have a large stock of Loan Laptops that we reimage when they come back from loan. these machines all used to have a generic name (LoanLT) which was specified in the ...
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Sysprep and Capture task sequence failing using MDT 2010

I have created a Windows Deployment Services server in Windows 2008 R2. When I originally set it up I was able to successfully use MDT 2010 to create my boot images as well as creating task sequences ...
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Error when trying to deploy Windows XP SP3 with WDS

I have created a WDS server running Windows Server 2008 R2. I have built my custom images of Windows 7 using WAIK and MDT 2010 that are installed on the server. I used this guide to help me through ...
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Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2012 Error

I just started with MDT2012 recently in hopes of eventually getting away with using Ghost to deploy all of our department computers. When I test deploy in VirtualBox, it deploys the OS properly, but ...
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Adding Drivers To MDT 2012 Deployment Share

Whilst I have experience of WDS/RIS, I am new to using MDT so I have a question regarding drivers. Our company has various different desktop hardware all over the place and I need to roll out Windows ...
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WDS Driver Installs Cause Error After Imaging

We use Windows Deployment Services on Server 2008 R2 to deploy images to all of our computers. To simplify the process, I put driver packages for display & network in WDS so our techs don't have ...
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WDS DHCP same server on Windows Server 2008

I have been struggling with a problem on my Windows Server 2008 for the past 4 - 5 hours and cannot figure out whats wrong. I have tried pretty much everything that I found on google and all the links ...
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How to have a script run once on first boot

I have a Windows 7 image used to deploy with WDS. We like to install all our applications in the master image. The new Adobe CS6 suite needs to be serialized upon deployment, not in the master ...
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WDS - Access to network share via local user

When installing Windows 7 using WDS, a local user account is used during the set up after the main image of Win7 is installed. And I've got this application that lies on the network and not the ...
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MAK - Activation via WDS - Error code: 0xc004f038

I'm setting up a WDS server in a domain where it's said that MAK is being used for activation of the Windows 7 clients. Now, I'm getting this error 0xc004f038 which seems to be related to KMS and ...
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WDS- Boot image drivers

I have this situation: I have Windows Deployment Service in my network. Also I have lots of old and different machines with XP. I have shared directory with tons of drivers in my 2003 server. ...
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wdsmcast useage and deployment

I'm trying to use WDS multicasting to deploy an image. For some reason I can't get it to connect. Anyone know any guides on how to do this because I followed and few and none are working. I setup a ...
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WDS and multiple subnets subnets

Goal: To allow my one WDS server on Subnet A to accept client PXE boots from subnets B, C, D, and E. Setup: Currently, WDS is installed and configured with default settings on my Deployment (Server ...
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Capture Windows Updates in a .wim so that it can be redeployed

I am researching a new workstation deployment strategy for my company. As it stands right now we are building every workstation by hand and this takes massive amounts of time. The step that takes ...
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Remote Administration Console for Windows Deployment Services

Whenever we deploy a new machine via PXE and WDS, I have to log on to our Sever 2008 R2 WDS server via Remote Desktop to approve the machine. This is annoying, and as we should all know, logging on ...
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Change pointer to IP address of PXE server WDS

The company I'm working for bought another company that's got its own domain. We've connected these together and noticed that both domains have got their own WDS server. Let's call our primary WDS ...
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What settings need to change if I change the name of a MDT/WDS server?

I recently ran into an issue where my Windows Deployment Services server stopped working after changing the name of the server. After looking around, I didn't really find a good answer for what ...
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Windows Server 2003 R2 SIS Groveler start error

Hi I have a Windows Server 2003 R2 SP2 running and I need to have a WDS with mixed mode so I can deploy Windows 7 & Windows XP images. I went to setup the first image and after the wizard was done ...
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Deployment Workbench no longer available after PXE boot

Our build process revolves around windows Deployment Workbench. Unfortunately this was setup by someone who is no longer with the company, and no-one has ever dared/needed to make any changes. The ...
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Windows Deployment Services Doesn't Survive Reboot

I have a Windows 2008 R2 server with all the latest updates that acts as a Domain Controller, and it also has the Windows Deployment Services service on it. DHCP is handled by a separate router. ...
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WDS: what's wrong with my unattend.xml?

Am stuck at the "Windows could not parse or process the unattend answer file for pass [specialize]. The settings specified in the answer file cannot be applied. The error was detected while processing ...
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wds: deploying applications too?

I have started using WDS to setup win7 client machines. The next step is deploying specific applications (both MSFT and non-). Can WDS be used for this or is there a recommended solution that I can ...
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Deploying XP machines fails to use Prestaged Computer Name

I have been happily deploying Windows 7 images using WDS for a few months now and everything has been working smoothly. I have prestaged the computernames in AD because one of our clients wants ...
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Volume to capture dropdown blank /Windows OS VM/

I have setup a 2008 R2 WDS server and I am trying to boot with capture image. /Both server and clients are VM on the Vmware workstation./ But when I PXE boot the VM and enter the windows deployment ...
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WDS Unattened Disk Settings

I am struggling to get my WDS answer file to delete the existing disk partition, re-create it and install the os to it. I'm installing windows 7. All my other settings are working fine, its just this ...
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WDS “No response” only when notify and wait for approval

I have a WDS server setup for use with MDT2010, and everything was working fine until this morning. Now, whenever I try to boot from LAN, I get an error: Downloaded WDSNBP... Architecture: x64 ...
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windows deployment erros

So I'm setting up a windows deployment server on my network.
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Building a PXE/WDS infrastructure with both Windows Server 2008 and Linux PXE Server

What I want to do is the following: I have a Windows Server 2008 R2 (DC) with a running Active Directory. I added the role Windows Deployment Services and installed both Windows® Automated ...
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Building linux infrastructure that similar to windows solutions

I am working on Microsoft gold partner organization in last 3 months. All of our IT solutions based on Microsoft products. Here are the basic lists of products that we using our maintenance DHCP ...
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Dynamic Windows installation for different users

I am new in server administarting also I have one question for all you guys. Now, I plan to create reintallation system and I want to ask you if is posible to install specific software for each user ...
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How do I set up PXE boot so that it failsover to another server when a MAC address is unrecognized?

We want to automate our OS installations. We currently have Linux and Windows boxes. We already use Cobbler for Linux installs with preliminary plans to use Windows Deployment Services for Windows. ...
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Is there a way to speed up MDT 2010 deployment of Windows 7?

About a year ago we implemented WDS and MDT. Using this we have been successfully deploying Windows 7 x86 and x64 on every PC and laptop we have. We put the OS on, then add on Office, Adobe, ...
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Am I misunderstanding the purpose of Microsoft Deployment Toolkit and WDS?

I am not sure if I am confused as to the purpose of MDT. We need to deploy a standard Windows 7 build to about 100 new computers, and more as time goes on. Having followed a whole bunch of ...
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Deployment Workbench change language of the PE

We've just started using the Microsoft Deployment Workbench and Windows Deployment Services to roll out a bunch of desktops. The basics seem to be going well, but I have a question about the first ...
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Windows Deployment Services

I have a slightly advanced Windows Deployment Services setup. My router hands out DHCP addresses, including the following config. ip dhcp pool Servers_100 network 192.168.100.0 255.255.255.0 ...
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Any reason not to skiprearm when deploying Win7?

If you always intend to deploy within your organization, and license windows with KMS, is there ever a reason not to include skiprearm=1 in your various unattend files? Seems to let me get more use ...
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VirtualBox PXE Boot using PCnet-FAST III - Windows 7 driver required?

I'm using WDS to deploy a windows 7 image that I've captured. Unfortunately, the AMD PCnet-FAST III is not recognised by windows 7 with VirtualBox. Can anyone help me find a driver and or suggest ...
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Server 2008 - VirtualBox - WDS - PXE Booting Windows 7 - no file found

I know this is a particularly difficult thing to troubleshoot as there are various complexities in the setup, but wondering if anyone has experienced this and can recognise the issue / offer some ...
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anonymous access to domain share on a windows server 2003 domain controller

I've set up a WDS 2003 server for OS installation. (2003 because we need XP support) I also want to use this server to store Acronis images of already installed PCs. The newly installed PCs would be ...
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Is it possible to do Windows 7 Deployment via a Linux PXE environment?

I wanted to know if it's possible to do Windows 7 Deployment via a Linux PXE environment, or does the PXE server (TFTP, Images) have to be Windows Server 2008?
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PXE-E32 TFTP Open Timeout While Attempting to PXE Boot from Windows Deployment Services

I'm running Windows Deployment Services on Windows Server 2008 R2 on top of an ESX 4.0 box. This is the only function of this VM instance, although it had previously functioned as an AD Domain ...
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Windows PE and the Boot.wim injecting

Running Windows PE on 2008 server edition with WDS as the deploy point. Need to capture a Image but need to inject Intel® 82579LM and 82579V Gigabit Network drivers. The network driver is instead of ...
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WDS server & Cisco ASA (DHCP)

My setup: WDS server (w2indows 2003 R2) located on subnet 10.1.1.10 Various site locations all on different subnets. Eah site has a Cisco ASA firewall configured to respdon to DHCP requests. ...
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AD: What is the difference between a managed and unmanaged computer?

I'm working on setting up Windows Deployment Services on a Windows Server 2003 machine. In my exploration of the various options for configuring this system, I wanted to learn the difference between ...
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Can someone help me find concise and complete instructions for WDS?

I've gotten it to work once for a smaller deployment. Now I'm building a new image (Windows 7 Pro x86) to capture but I can't get it to work again because I think the instructions I use aren't really ...