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

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How to combine WDS(Wireless Distribution System) and Wifi access point on OpenWrt [on hold]

Assumed there is a router A which you could not install OpenWrt on it. In another room there is a Desktop computer connecting to a wireless router B with OpenWrt on it. According to this, one could ...
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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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Error WDSclient

I recently replaced wds and domain controllers physical servers in Windows Server 2008 R2 by servers on Windows Server 2012 R2 virtualized on VMWare. I encounter deployment problems for some recent ...
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How to create or change unmanaged computer account to managed computer account in Server 2012R2

My DC Server use Windows Server 2012R2. I want to use Windows Deployment Service but I don't see any computer account in active directory prestaged devices. From this Ref, I must change computer ...
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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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Questions about WDS and Boot/Install images

Going through and trying to configure a new WDS server, and wanted to get some clarification on a couple things. Is the boot image just a generic image that all clients will use, regardless if i'm ...
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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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WDS 2012: UEFI Client Network Boot results in error 0x102

I've got a WDS 2012 and a DHCP Server 2012 running on the same subnet, but on different boxes. I have been deploying Windows 8.1 x64 without any issues to BIOS clients, using DHCP Options 66 and 67. ...
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Client see Windows Deployment Services but still get “selected boot device failed” error

Like the title says I can't Windows Deployment Services working. The client laptop has an ethernet IP address of 10.0.4.94. On the secondary DHCP server I've set option 60 to PXEClient, option 66 to ...
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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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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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Why can I not get a WDS-originated PXE boot to progress past the first file download?

I'm trying to work out an automated Windows install process, and thought I'd give WDS a look. After some promising initial progress, I seem to have hit a wall. I imported the boot and install WIMs, ...
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Using two DHCP servers on a single network but dedicating one to the WDS server

Is there a way I could possibly use two DHCP servers on the same network or on different subnet but have only one DHCP server give out addresses to specific machines and then with the other DHCP ...
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Can Windows 7 Professional OEM be imaged using WDS?

Each year, I find myself installing Windows 7 dozens of times, on both brand new PCs and before passing on a used PC from one user to the next. I'm sure a LOT of network administrators are in 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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WDS - Image Install/Deploy Time

Was wondering if others could provide some feedback. I've been tasked with setting up a WDS server to deploy images to workstations over the network. I've gotten it up and running, captured my first ...
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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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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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How to deploy Bitlocker via WDS

Let's say I have a notebook without anything, no software, no operating system. Now I want to install Windows (with some programs) from my WDS. Which works just fine, but how do I tell Windows to ...
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Automated Driver Checking

I was wondering is there any possible way to automatically check to see whether drivers have installed correctly or not through WDS. I would automate the process to the oobe set-up however the only ...
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Using WDS, where are the log files located on the CLIENT trying to capture an image?

I'm trying to create a capture boot image for my client machines. I have the Win7 (x64) capture image loaded in the WDS server and it boots to the WDS Image Capture Wizard with no issues. I hit ...
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PXE E51 No DHCP or proxy DHCP offers were received for WDS set up

I'm hoping someone could help me with WDS, I currently have a 5 PC set up which one PC is the Windows 2012 R2 server and that connects to the other four PCs via a switch which all PCs can ping one ...
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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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Hosting DHCP/PXE server on windows embedded

I am trying to boot a device through pxe, this device is connected to a windows embedded 8 (industry/standard) host pc. It should be possible I think and searches point me in the direction to using ...
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SCCM 2012 PXE Boot Image selection

I know that within a task sequence you can select a boot image for that task sequence to use. However, before you even get that far, when the computer first starts up, the SCCM/WDS server picks an ...
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Why Does WMI (Capturing) Boot Image Require “wpeutil initializenetwork” To Be Ran?

I don't get why I have to take the extra steps to run "wpeutil initializenetwork" before my NIC card is turned on and working within the WMI Capture (WinPE) GUI. I have the drivers added to the image ...
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Deploying Win10 with Windows Deployment Services

I'm trying to deploy Windows 10 Pro with WDS on Server 2008 R2. I successfully uploaded a boot image (boot.wim) to WDS, but when I try to add the install image (install.wim) I get the following error: ...
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Unable to perform an unattended domain join using WDS and an answer file on Windows 8.1

I've already looked through the other questions related to this and none of them were able to help me. I've already spent several days on this damned unattended process and, miraculously, I was able ...
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Booting WDS Capture image on VM Gen2

Have problem booting capture image, created by Microsoft WDS management console. I have functional boot image (boot.wim) taken from WinServer 2012 R2 iso. This image works fine on Hyper-V Gen2 VM. But ...
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WDS Deployment Auto Joining Domain

My company is in the process of ordering new desktops. My coworker has received one of the models and began working on a new image from scratch. This got me thinking that it would be a good time to ...
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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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WDS 2012 R2 Server

Background: WDS Server 2012 R2 (runs on a 2012 R2 Hyper-v server), DHCP server runs on a different server in a different physical LAN. Both Lans go into the same Layer3 switch. Currently all my ...
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WDS&PXE booting using Grub2 - choosing menuentry

I have problem with booting to WDS using PXE with Grub2. Actually we are using WDS with DHCP (Windows) - on DHCP I have WDS IP and 'grldr' file as bootfile name (grub loader) with menu.lst file (on ...
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WDS Deployed Windows 10 image not joining domain

I'm trying to deploy Windows 10 Pro using WDS running on Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard and everything works fine except for the automatic domain join. It boots to the desktop just fine, but not ...
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Can I run Windows Deployment Services from start to finish without using the network?

I'm fairly new to the Imaging world, and I'm going to be imaging some Dell Venue tablets that don't support PXE booting. I've been reading up on WDS and see that I could potentially create something ...
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Deploying windows 7 in UEFI GPT mode via WDS

I am in the process attempting to deploy Windows 7 x64 GPT UEFI via WDS with an unattend.xml file. Working: -Windows 7 x64 GPT UEFI via WDS without unattend.xml -Windows 8 x64 GPT UEFI via WDS ...
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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 - PXE Boot can't connect to Deployment Share

Getting the following error message: Connection to the deployment share could not be made. Connection OK. Possible invalid Credentials. Could this be an error in the "bootstrap.ini" file? If it is ...
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Unable to PXE boot after capturing an image

I'm new to WDS and Windows servers in general. I have WDS setup on Windows Server 2012 R2. I've deployed several machines and it's been working fine for a while now. The Windows 7 image I have been ...
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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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KVM TFTP Boot / WDS

I installed all my Chef Infrastructure, PXE install of my Linux VM's, Preseed/Kickstart, etc. via KVM on my local server (Host OS is Debian 8). Installing a new Linux VM is a piece of cake with that ...
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WDS - Initial configuration using PowerShell

I am installing WDS on Windows server 2012 R2. I want to use PowerShell from start to finish. I can install the feature, but I cant't find a way to do the initial configuration from the shell. This ...
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Windows Deployment Service - Multi OS answer file

I am very new to WDS and have a question for anyone experienced in it's use. This may not be achievable but from what I have read, there are indications that it can be, but I can't find any specific ...
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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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WDS with Domain Admin Credentials Can't Join Windows 7 to Domain

I have a WDS server configured on Windows Server 2012 R2 running as a Hyper-V guest OS ontop of a Windows Server 2012 R2 physical server. I've installed and configured WDS and Microsoft Deployment ...
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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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pxe boot uefi ends with pxe-e16: No offer received - ip helper address in place

I've been deploying Windows with wds 2012 to clients running in BIOS mode forever, using wds 2012 and dhcp in the same network, but on different boxes. clients are in a different network and on the ...
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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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What is the SURE way to ensure Microsoft Distribution Tool to only format C Drive?

Right now I'm using "Specific disk and partition" but is it the best way to do this? I have almost 100 pc to format which have other drives in them with data already. I'm using Windows Server 2008 R2 ...
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Windows Server 2008: Group Policies Don't Apply Following WDS Install

We use WDS images combined with GPOs to automate the installation of our desktops. This all works great, except that when a WDS deployment to a new/existing PC is completed, there's a fifty/fifty ...