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

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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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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 ...
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WDS or MDT for Windows 7 Deployment?

About 6-7 months ago I did a Windows 7 deployment using Windows Deployment Services. I successfully deployed the clients but I honestly still don't understand how WDS works. It seems like a really ...
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Using WDS with Skiprearm

I have a Windows 7 image I created using WDS that works great. However I'd like to put this image on a PC, run updates and add some software, and then capture it again for use in the future. I can ...
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Windows Deployment Server and Re-Re-Imaging via PXE Boot

I'm just getting the hang of trying to configure/use Windows Deployment Services (WDS) to image Windows 7 workstations on our network. I have the WDS server configured so any machine can request an ...
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Windows Deployment server lists image as en-US when it's en-GB

I have a working windows deployment server set up on 2008 R2 which can image machines successfully with en-GB images of Windows 7 SP1. However when I boot into the Install.WIM the Images are all ...
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Rebuilding failed WDS & MDT server… Do we need to change DNS, DHCP or AD?

My colleague and I are experimenting with replacing Ghost with WDS (Server 2008 R2 SE) and MDT 2010. I intially built the virtual machine and added the WDS service but at the time I also imported ...
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WdsClient: There was a problem initializing wds mode

Having an issue with deploying windows 7 through WDS on Windows Server 2003. I can boot to the PXE fine, have captured an image connects through DHCP fine. Capture image is on the WDS server, ...
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Joining domain in depolying image with Unattend file

I am deploying windows 7 images to our classroom PC's via WDS. Am trying to get the machine to auto join the domain through the unattend file but am running into an issue. The unattendfile is created ...
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How to identify specific chipset driver on client to add to WDS driver database?

I have two new models to support, Optiplex 790 and Lenovo L520. I need to add their chipset drivers to the Windows Deployment server and Intel's driver package is a suite of chipset drivers. WDS ...
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Boot linux over the network using WDS

I am looking to boot Linux (Ubuntu, Gentoo, and some others) over the network. I already have a Windows Server 2008 R2 machine running a few programs including Windows Deployment Services. This is set ...
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WDS Error: A connection to the deployment share could not be made

We currently have a WDS server that we use for imaging both Windows XP and Windows 7 machines. We use MDT 2010 to add drivers to the WIM files. It works for all of our existing hardware, but we ...
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Using WDS to deploy the same image to different labs with different answer files

I'm planning on switching from a custom solution for our imaging to Microsoft WDS on 2008R2 servers with a 2008R2 DFL in our labs on campus. What I need to know is how do I use a different answer ...
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When using Windows Deployment Services asks to reauthenticate

We Use WDS to reimage computers over the network. When starting the install over the network it asks us to associate with the domain and user and password. However towards the end it makes us enter ...
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Fully automatic Windows Deploy with WDS

I've got a computer, that I can install Win2008 on. But I want to do it fully automatically and thru the network. I of course prepared unattended install and it works, although i still have to make ...
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How do I add unsigned 64 bit drivers to WDS

Windows Deployment Services on 2008 R2. I'm trying to add a 64 bit driver package. Dell provides the drivers but they are unsigned. WDS does not allow adding unsigned 64 bit drivers. Is it possible ...
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What is the best guide for deploying XP clients from 2003 Server with WDS in Native Mode?

I'm faced with the task of deploying XP clients from a Windows 2003 server with WDS in Native mode. I've searched around and have found a few Microsoft articles that deal with bits and pieces of this, ...
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Microsoft Deployment Toolkit - Windows.old

I am starting to implement Microsoft Deployment Toolkit along with Windows Deployment Services to install Windows 7 and Windows Vista over the network, including applications. We are a PC repair shop ...
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Using WAIK or MDT 2010 to deploy Windows 7

I have seen many tutorials showing how to use WAIK to create a Windows 7 inane for deploying to many machines. I have also seen tutorials about using MDT 2010. Which is a better way to use and why? I ...
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Using Linux PXE to boot to WDS Server

I've been searching for a solution to this and have not found anything definitive yet. We run a TFTP server on a Linux host and can PXE boot systems to a menu system we have constructed for it. What ...
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Virtualbox PXE Boot Failing with a Windows Server 2008 R2 Server

Some fast help on this would be good, I have been on this problem for 14 hours. In a Virtualbox test environment I have 2 virtual machines networked together using a internal network (no traffic runs ...
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WDS 2008 R2 DHCP Error

Im having a problem where I get the error 'An error occurred while obtaining an IP address from the DHCP server. Please check to ensure that there is an operational DHCP server on this network ...
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Remote Installing Linux or a Hard Drive Image from a Windows Server?

I have a Server running Windows 2008 R2 Standard. I would like to be able to quickly add and remove new machines from the network, which should boot off their NIC and fetch the OS from the server. I ...
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how much extra space is required to deploy an image with WDS

I was wondering if there is a recommended or required 'extra' free space on a drive before an image can be deployed? i.e. say the image is 49gigs and HDD is 50gig (after formatting), would that work? ...
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Removing local user accounts from a WDS WIM capture

I'm setting up a WIM to image a set of laptops. I have setup a computer which I have sysprep'ed and then captured the image to the WDS server. I have deleted all the local user accounts using the ...
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Vmware player change dhcp server settings

I have a Windows Server 2003 running from a Vmware player on Win 7 box. The idea is to test Windows Deployment service in the virtual network. Is it possible to configure the vmware dhcp server with ...
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Capturing image with WDS is stuck on 'Capturing Windows Image Metadata'

I'm trying to capture a rather large (100gigs) windows xp partition to a WIM file on an attached USB hard drive. Under 'Task Progress' it's saying 'Capturing Windows image Metadata', which is where ...
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What are some of the best answer file settings for a WDS Deployment?

I've had my head buried in answer files for days now and have gotten quite comfortable setting them up, test, etc... I use a handful of Components to help my migrations, for my unattend.xml I like: ...