I know this is a particularly difficult thing to troubleshoot as there are various complexities in the setup, but wondering if anyone has experienced this and can recognise the issue / offer some steps to troubleshoot.

Firstl, is WAIK required before you can use WDS for a capture?

I'm running virtualbox on a macbook pro.


  • Server 2008 Roles: DHCP, Active Directory, DC, WDS

  • Windows 7 - receives DHCP from the PDC and receives DHCP upon PXE Boot

Both VMs have bridged adapters.

I have added windows 7 install and boot images and gone through the process of creating a Capture Image in preparation for the PXE Boot to capture the installed OS.

My Windows 7 virtualbox is set to network boot, it runs through the PXE Boot obtains DHCP but then states "No filename" and continues to boot off the hard disk.

Hope I have included all the information you will need to know! Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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    ObNitPick: there's no PDC in 2008, just DCs... – Ward Oct 19 '11 at 7:53
  • my bad... running server standard 2008, as the DC – Lance Oct 19 '11 at 8:20

Have you configured DHCP options 66 and 67? 66 should be set to the WDS server and option 67 should be set to boot\x86\wdsnbp.com.

  • My DHCP server resides on the same server as my WDS so this is not required as I understand it? – Lance Oct 19 '11 at 9:21
  • This information was correct except the only one that would work was pxeboot.n12 re: option 67 – Lance Oct 19 '11 at 11:15
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    Options 66 and 67 should only be necessary when running a DHCPd other than the Microsoft built-in one, or if WDS is on a different subnet than the DHCP server. That said, I've seen situations where it's still necessary even when it should work (the error indicates this exact scenario). Using "pxeboot.n12" for 67 will result in the client doing a basic PXE boot; if you've only got one WDS server this might work, but isn't how it's supposed to work. – Chris S Oct 19 '11 at 12:57
  • Potentially because of the fact I'm doing this in VirtualBox, am not sure but without the DHCP options set I get no PXE boot. Thanks for the help! – Lance Oct 20 '11 at 3:23

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