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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: ...
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WDS suddenly not adding new Windows 7 Install Images to the domain

I recently setup a WDS role on my Server 2008 R2 domain controller. For the last week I've been planning and testing a Windows 7 Professional deployment. I built a machine with Windows 7 and ...
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Deleting locally created user after WDS Deployment

I'm pushing out a new Win7 image to several machines using WDS, unattend.xml, and oobeunattend.xml. Naturally you have to create the local user in the OOBE experience but it isn't something I want to ...
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Unattended XML file - Product Key doesn't activate the first time

I'm pushing out a Windows 7 Image I sysprepped and created an answer file for. I added the Product Key under windowsPE using component Windows-Setup_neutral->UserData->ProductKey. It is MAK ...
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Servicing a WIM image with the recently released SP1 for Windows 7/Server 2008 R2

I normally hang out over on SO but wanted to ask this question in a more appropriate forum. I have, for the sheer fun of learning how to do (as I'm sick of GHOST and dd images) set up WDS and captured ...
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Can not add boot image to WDS Windows Server 2003

I am starting off with Windows deployment services, but get stuck at the very first step. I login as local administrator to the windows server (FYI it is not the domain controller nor the dhcp server) ...
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Can't get PXE boot working on WDS + Linux DHCP server

I'm trying to get WDS to PXE boot some laptops. The university is running a (linux) DHCP server for the entire network; we can't run our own. We can (and have) set options in that DHCP server to point ...
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SCCM PXE not working

How do I get the SCCM server to direct the clients so they get DHCP, and connect to the SCCM server? Do I need to have the WDS role installed? Is this a requirement?
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Windows Deployment Services Error When Approving Machine

I'm using WDS/Server 2008 R2 to deploy Windows 7 in a small organization. I have WDS configured to respond to all PXE clients, but require administrator approval. When I PXE-boot a client, it sees ...
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Cannot start WDS service

I built this WDS server that I made into a RODC also. After running the dcpromo, it get this error message that the WDS service is not started and could not start. I found this so I tried changing ...
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Multicasting for WDS

I want to install a Windows 7 image on 40-something computers without touching 'em I have a WDS server, an image captured, and an answer file setup. I go to create a multicast transmission out of ...
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Windows Deployment Services without a domain?

I was wondering if it is possible to use Windows Deployment Services w/o domain access The reasons why I'm not using setting up a domain (or using an existing one) are irrelevant. I was wondering if ...
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Minimum Requirements for ImageUnattend.xml Porition of WDS For Windows Server 2008 R2

What are the minimum required fields for an unattended Windows Server 2008 R2 installation via Windows Deployment Service for the ImageUnattend.xml portion?
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Can I authorize W2K8 DHCP server for private network, even when prohibited in enterprise network?

I have a domain-joined test machine running W2K8 R2 with two NICs, one connected to the enterprise network, the other one to a private network with a static IP (192.168.0.1). The machine should act as ...
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Multiple PXE boots on the same subnet for RIS and WDS

We are looking to migrate off our existing server 2003 sp2 machine, running RIS (which I know is WDS as of Server 2003 Sp2, but to be clear..) with a bunch of legacy RiSETUP images to a Server 2008 r2 ...
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Windows 7 deployment thru WDS

I am deploying new systems on my network and I built my reference computer by installing the OS the manufacturers (Dell and a custom built system from some local business) gave with all drivers, ...
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Can Server 2003 (32-bit) host a 64-bit boot image for WDS?

I'm running WDS on a Server 2003 32-bit system and need to capture a 64-bit Windows 7 image and then image a lab of computers with the 64-bit image. Can my 32-bit server host a 64-bit boot image, as ...
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PXE E52 proxyDHCP offers were received. No DHCP offers were received

Have a Lenovo laptop which i'm trying to capture an image from as a test (we are moving from HP as our std laptop) and i keep getting the PXE E52 error when trying to boot from LAN. With things ...
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Working with WDS

I work with WDS on Windows Server 2008-R2. I need to create some WIM images. For creating images i need the ImageX utility it is member of WAIK. Can i download the ImageX separately from the WAIK? ...
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Change block/cluster size in unattend.xml

Is there a way to change the block/cluster size when formatting a disk using unattend.xml & Windows Deployment Services? It keeps defaulting to 1024k, and I need something smaller.
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DHCP Configuration for Windows Deployment Services

I have Windows Deployment Services (WDS) currently running on one of my servers (within a domain of course). I have another machine running as a DHCP server, which is outside of the domain. I don't ...
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MDT deployment and Naming machines

I have just setup an environment using WDS and the Microsoft Deployment toolkit to push images out to our machines. The only thing I am now struggling with is naming the machines. I would like to ...
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WDS updating raid drivers in an already existing image WIM

Here is my current setup. WDS installed on Server 2008 R2 for the new driverstore and multicast features. A Windows Server 2003 32bit Standard image built to support previous DL360 models. A new HP ...
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WDS Auto Logging in after Install

I have setup WDS to push out images to our machines completely hands of. It all works fine, accept at the end of the process, when the machine is sat at the crl+alt+del login prompt. If you hit ...
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Deploying Windows 7 using WDS - Some applications seem to be stuck at 125% dpi settings

I've been using Windows Deployment Server to deploy Windows 7 (64 bit) images and it works very well. However sometimes the deployed installation seem to default to 125% (medium) dpi settings ...
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Windows PE autorun scripts

I've set up a Windows Preinstallation Environment on a USB Thumb Drive (version from the latest iteration of the Windows Automated Install Kit/WAIK), and I'm working on getting a deployment ...
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How do I add files to a Vista or Win7 install.wim file?

I'm trying to add files to an install.wim file so that they will show up on the system after the OS has been deployed. I have tried the following steps: Mount the image with "imagex /mountrw..." ...
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Deploying Windows XP via Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2008 to workstations with SATA

I'm trying to deploy a custom XP WIM image to some new Lenovo laptops using MDT2008. I've built the machines using the Lenovo-supplied XP downgrade utility, added some custom applications which I ...
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How do I install Vista 64bit automatically via WDS and unattend files?

I am trying to automate the installation of Windows Vista 64bit on my network. I have WDS setup and working fine and can deploy images across the network. At present I manually select the settings ...
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Windows 2008 R2 WDS

I am trying to test the Windows deployment services in Windows 2008 R2. I am able to get an IP when my desktop PXE boots but then I get PXE-E32: TFTP open timeout. Has anyone run into this? if so ...