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

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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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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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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 7 unattended install and disk/partition wiping

Im currently having a problem when trying to setup an unattended install of windows 7. When the hard drive has no partitions the install goes fine. However if the hard drive has any existing ...
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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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What settings need to change if I change the name of a MDT/WDS server?

I recently ran into an issue where my Windows Deployment Services server stopped working after changing the name of the server. After looking around, I didn't really find a good answer for what ...
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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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Network boot of Windows Defender Offline will not update

I have been working on configuring a network bootable virus removal suite, and I am using the Windows Defender WinPE iso generated from using this 64-bit tool. The tool downloads and creates an ISO ...
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Capture Windows Updates in a .wim so that it can be redeployed

I am researching a new workstation deployment strategy for my company. As it stands right now we are building every workstation by hand and this takes massive amounts of time. The step that takes ...
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Windows 7 deployments via WDS result in oversized hiberfil.sys and pagefile.sys files. How do I stop that?

The longer version: I have a stock Windows 7 image sitting in VMware Workstation that I use to create new VMs, to save time. I just snapshot and clone the stock image, and voila! a new Windows 7 VM. ...
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Where can i find the latest unattended.xml schema (xsd)?

I'm working with Windows Server 2012, Windows Deployment Service (WDS), and Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit (ADK). I created a base unattended.xml file. When I go to edit in an xml editor it's ...
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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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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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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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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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WDS won't install correct touchpad driver

I have a bunch of Lenovo E530 laptops with their new style (terrible) touchpad. These touchpads are pretty much unusable without the synaptics driver installed. I'm deploying a windows 7 image ...
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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 Server 2012 WDS and Linux Booting

I've been playing with WDS for awhile now because I want to setup a network based boot system for all my business to make it quicker to load images. We use a lot of Linux based OSes and after some ...
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How can I run a powershell script during the specialize pass of a WDS deploy

I'm setting up 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 automated customisations for our ...
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Remove Computers added to WDS database without a name

We run WDS on Server 2008 R2. We have a large stock of Loan Laptops that we reimage when they come back from loan. these machines all used to have a generic name (LoanLT) which was specified in the ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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MDT Domain Deployment Security

I have the following under RULES for under the properties window for deployment: JoinDomain=MYDOMAIN DomainAdmin=MYID DomainAdminDomain=MYDOMAIN DomainAdminPassword=MYPW Is it safe to add the main ...
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Adding Drivers To MDT 2012 Deployment Share

Whilst I have experience of WDS/RIS, I am new to using MDT so I have a question regarding drivers. Our company has various different desktop hardware all over the place and I need to roll out Windows ...
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Windows Deployment Services Doesn't Survive Reboot

I have a Windows 2008 R2 server with all the latest updates that acts as a Domain Controller, and it also has the Windows Deployment Services service on it. DHCP is handled by a separate router. ...
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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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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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XP WDS clients not installing drivers from WDS 2012 server

Let me start by explaining my rather unusual situation. We have a lot of clients that have anywhere between 10 and 20 PC's and servers (ranging from server2012 back to windows XP). As we would like to ...
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WDS and multiple subnets subnets

Goal: To allow my one WDS server on Subnet A to accept client PXE boots from subnets B, C, D, and E. Setup: Currently, WDS is installed and configured with default settings on my Deployment (Server ...
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Change pointer to IP address of PXE server WDS

The company I'm working for bought another company that's got its own domain. We've connected these together and noticed that both domains have got their own WDS server. Let's call our primary WDS ...
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windows deployment erros

So I'm setting up a windows deployment server on my network.
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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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How can I create a VPN connection inside windows image?

Just like we can add driver packages to a windows image file can one add a vpn connection preferably thru Add-VpnConnection inside a .wim file ?
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WDS deploying Different architectures (64-bit and 32-bit) with a single boot image

At the moment I have a WDS server set up with 2 Windows 7 boot images (32 Bit and 64 Bit) because we are running a mixed environment which will stay mixed for the near future. We are moving to a VLAN ...
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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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Sysprep and Capture task sequence failing using MDT 2010

I have created a Windows Deployment Services server in Windows 2008 R2. When I originally set it up I was able to successfully use MDT 2010 to create my boot images as well as creating task sequences ...
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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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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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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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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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How do I make certain images available when user selects certain boot image? [WDS]

I have a Windows Server 2012 R2 Installation that is used for everything under the sun including Network installation services. I would like to have the server offer certain images based upon the ...
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Windows Deployment Server Answer Files for PC's with RAID Controllers

I currently have a Windows Deployment Server running on Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard, and so far it has worked without any issues. I am able to capture and deploy images to the majority of the ...
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MDT WDS network boot is very slow

Server is running 2008R2 with WDS role enabled. Using MDT 2012 I have created a boot image and imported it into WDS. Client computers can boot from the WDS and it says "Windows is loading files..." ...
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Windows Deployment Services cannot add localhost

I have two servers running Windows Deployment Services (WDS) Servers running. This past week they both 'lost' themselves as WDS servers. What I mean by that is under the Servers group in the WDS role ...
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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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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. ...