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

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Capture image on server side volume with WDS on Server 2012 R2 (VMware ESXi)

I have an ESXi virtual machine running Windows Server 2012 and WDS. The server VM has a secondary hard disk which is storing my boot and install image files. When I try to capture an image, it wants ...
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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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WDS PXE client boot getting error: 'Windows Deployement Services: PXE Boot Aborted'

Created a new WDS (VM) server, installed WDS role, added boot/install image from Win7 Pro SP1 x64 volume license disc. Client I am booting is 64-bit but then I get this: Downloaded WDSNBP from ...
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MDT LiteTouchPE Windows 8.1 deployment very slow

I'm deploying Windows 8.1 via network boot using MDT on an external hard drive connected to computer to create a Windows To Go drive. But the step in my task sequence "Install Operating System" takes ...
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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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Windows 7 unattended deployment - prompt for password, and use it to autologin

I have used System Image Manager to create an unattended XML answer file, which I have written to a Windows 7 DVD. This contains almost all system configuration, but deliberately does not include ...
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WDS install not working, Fails

I am trying to deploy Windows 7 x86 with MDT 2013 and WDS (Server 2012 R2) but it is failing: WDS boots the litetouch WIM (32 or 64 bit) and Lite Touch takes over. I select the Task sequence (Windows ...
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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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MDT 2012 and PXE BOOT

A couple of years ago I configured my primary domain controller with WDS (not MDT) and would capture and push images from and to clients. Well now I have to do it again (less than 20 workstations) ...
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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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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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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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Deploying custom image on PXE client by WDS gives me 0c0000428 error

I create a reference VM, configure and install required programs and do sysprep. I capture an image by WDS (capture image) and upload it on WDS Server. When i try to deploy the image on PXE clients ...
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SCCM 2012 R2 OSD pxe-32 : tftp open timeout

I have SCCM 2012 R2 standalone primary site on windows server 2012 and i have Cisco dhcp server i configured the distribution point for pxe boot to work with osd i added boot images and configured ...
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Win 8.1 WDS deployment - Computer DNS Name Incorrect after image process

I imaged a computer using WDS services. We have created an ImageUnattend file to answer all the necessary info. The Image process finishes, the computer has joined our domain "KATYISD.ORG". I can ...
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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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Changing the path that the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit uses with WDS

I'm a system administrator for a hosting company, and we're looking to integrate the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit into our existing WDS setup for automating our client VM setups. I've already ...
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Launch Windows PE on a remote computer

We use WDS to image and reimage (refresh) computers (WDS only, no MDT). A technician can PXE boot to WDS and essentially lite touch the image. What is the best way to achieve this from a remote ...
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Auto run WDS installation with BIOS password

I wonder if it's possible to auto start a WDS installation on a client without the need to input the BIOS password. What I want to say, is I don't want to delete the bios password from the client ...
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WDS prompt for password

Issue: I setup a new WDS server. Earlier with my old server, whenever a client pressed F12 to connect to the WDS, it would prompt them to select 'Windows Deployment Server' or 'Hard disk drive' and ...
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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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How can I run a PowerShell script during the specialize pass of a WDS deploy?

I'm setting up Windows Deployment Services (WDS) for Windows Server 2012 unattended deployments using the default boot.wim file found on the install media. I have a PowerShell script that performs ...
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WDS and WSUS can not use SMB Shares

I have a WS2012R2 machine with several hard drive setup formatted as NTFS. When I create a share and map that share on a virtual machine where WDS and WSUS are running as drive, on service ...
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WDS “Configure Server” fails. “Share name is already in use on this server”

I had WDS installed on this particular server (running Server 2012 Standard), removed it for various reasons, and am now trying to reinstall it. When I go through the initial configuration process for ...
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Deploying Server 2012 with DNS role using WDS and answer file

I want to deploy an image using WDS on Server 2012. I will be using an answer file for unattended installation with little touch as possible. My answer file works great but I can't get the auto-logon ...
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How to use Server 2012 WDS advanced multicast features?

First, can I be clear that I already know how to multicast, and using that without a problem. What I would like to know is... how to use the "Improved Multicast Features" that are new for Server 2012 ...
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2 DCHP servers and 1 WDS server, same subnet

I have DC1 hosting DCHP. DC2 also has DHCP although it is configured as a failover DHCP server. I have WDS installed on DC2. So I have DHCP and WDS on same server. I have tried all kinds of DHCP ...
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Active Directory Security Permissions automatically reset

I have a Server 2008 R2 machine with Windows Deployment Services installed, which works perfectly well. However after some time (maybe a restart after installing updates) the security permissions ...
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SCCM 2012 - PXE-M0F - abortpxe.com with unknown computers failing

I have one SCCM 2012 server not correctly responding to PXE requests for unknown computers. The server has PXE boot support enabled, enabled unknown computer support, boot images available with OS ...
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WDS PXE Server occasionally returning bad IP

We have a very complex network boot environment to keep traffic separated for our imaging networks, which process hundred of machines an hour. We use the WDS Server Selection menu tweak ...
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extreme ping latency in WDS network

I have setup a wireless network at work office with the following config: 192.168.1.1: TP-Link 941 Router, Root AP, connected to internet 192.168.1.2: TP-Link 901 AP, WDS Repeater, connected to ...
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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 Services Windows machines don't join automatically DNS wrong ip

At my work we swapped out servers and starting from scratch. Previously had WDS on the old server and would join computers automatically to domain and push the correct DNS values on the client ...
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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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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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Deploy Windows To Go on external drive using Network boot, WDS or SCCM and WinPE

We are doing a project for a IT school, each student have an external drive (WD My Passport enterprise) and we are trying to deploy Windows To Go on these drives. Each student should be able to flash ...
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PXE Troubleshooting for SCCM 2012

I'm not able to PXE boot clients. I get the following error: PXE-E55 ProxyDHCP Service did not reply to request on port 4011 This is a new setup of SCCM 2012 on Windows Server 2008 R2 (64-bit). ...
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ConfigMgr - Really really slow PXE boot between Hyper-V machines

I have ConfigMgr 2012 R2 CU3 installed on a Hyper-V virtual machine. The virtual machines are hosted on a Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V cluster, and the ConfigMgr server is running on Server 2012 R2 as ...
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How do I configure the Hyper-V virtual switch to share internet without bridging on the host machine?

I'm setting up windows deployment services for LiteTouch Deployments in my home but what I realized was that if I take my actual LAN NIC that is connected to the internet and bridge it to the Hyper-V ...
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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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Cant deploy images with WDS: PXE-E16: No offer received

I am currently playing around with a WDS lab environment on a virtual 2012 R2 server, which is patched to the latest available update-level. This server is running the DHCP server role and has two ...
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PXE booting a Dell Precision M3800 for a WDS install

I'm trying to get a Dell M3800 Precision to PXE boot but the dongle I have isn't showing up in the BIOS. This is for a WDS install Plugged into a Windows machine it identifies itself as a "ASIX ...
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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 after installation of Windows 7 64bit, not bootable device found

When I install Windows 7 (64bit) Enterprise over WDS, it successfully goes through the installation but then when it actually tries to boot from the hard drive where it installed windows, it doesn't ...
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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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I cannot add WIFI drivers to Microsft Deployment Toolkit

I am using Microsoft Deployment Toolkit on Windows Server 2012 to create a deployment image for Windows 7 Home Premium (64 Bit). I have successfully been able to import most drivers for my Asus K55A ...
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How can I test my Microsoft Deployment Server custom settings?

I am deploying Windows 7 using the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit on a Windows Server 2012. Is it possible to test my settings, particularly in regards to the CustomSettings.ini file without committing ...
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How to know which network driver .inf file to deploy to client PC?

I have a client with an ASUS Gryphon Z97 motherboard. It is unable to boot via WDS and if I install the OS manually then the standard Windows 7 install has no drivers for it's Ethernet Controller. ...
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custom disk partitioning using clients in sccm 2012r2

I'm using sccm2012r2 to deploy OS on clients. every thing is OK .but after installation completed I realized that SCCM partitioned disk and deleted all previous data. my question is that how to config ...
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wdsutil claims Windows Server 2012 R2 drivers are unsigned, but they have a valid certificate

I'm trying to import some Windows Server 2012 R2 drivers to a driver group in WDS. My WDS server is running Windows Server 2012 (not R2). When I run the following command: WDSUTIL /Add-DriverPackage ...