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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 Capture Image Failing to Load

Using the instructions posted here: http://social.technet.microsoft.com/wiki/contents/articles/11680.creating-a-capture-image-in-wds.aspx I created a capture image and then injected network drivers ...
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OS Deployment via PXE - Preparing and Using Images in Many Small Environments (MSP)

I've got a project going on which I'm running into a bit of a roadblock on. I'm interested in learning if there is a better alternative to what my MSP does for OS deployment, currently. Most of our ...
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Getting PXE-E53 “No boot filename received” Windows Deployment Services

I have configured WDS on a Servre 2012 box. It isnt the DC and it doesn't run DHCP, I have a 2008r2 box that does. I have configured WDS, installed one machine with it, and it worked fine. I have the ...
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WDS not letting me deploy

You did such a good job answering my last quesiton, I thought i would Throw another one at you guys! So iv setup Windows deployment service and it worked... Then i tried to capture an image off a PC ...
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BINLSVC warning in event log - netclass.inf parsing Manufacture

So I am trying to get Remote Installation Service Running on a Windows Server 2003 R2 Standard Edition with Service Pack 2 installed. I am trying to integrate network drivers into the image and I keep ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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How can I deploy Windows 8 Pro over WDS so that it is already connected to my domain? [closed]

I'm attempting to teach myself how to work with Windows Server 2012. I installed the Windows Deployment Service using a Windows 8 (x64) iso file. Installing this on my client machine is actually ...
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Does MDT (microsoft deployment toolkit) must work with WDS [closed]

I am new to system administration, and working in a small division where there is no Active Directory Domain Controllers. [The windows PCs are authenticated against Linux Samba domain controllers.] ...
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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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Windows 8 installed by WDS will not activate

I would like to stop using the preload from the manufactures (HP, Acer, etc) and perform a clean install on all the new notebooks before we sell them. But there is one major problem: When I ...
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Windows key database for WDS [closed]

I wonder if there is any solution to have windows key database and use it in Windows Deployment process. If you know some or how please share
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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" ...