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

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Unattended XML file - Product Key doesn't activate the first time

I'm pushing out a Windows 7 Image I sysprepped and created an answer file for. I added the Product Key under windowsPE using component Windows-Setup_neutral->UserData->ProductKey. It is MAK ...
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Servicing a WIM image with the recently released SP1 for Windows 7/Server 2008 R2

I normally hang out over on SO but wanted to ask this question in a more appropriate forum. I have, for the sheer fun of learning how to do (as I'm sick of GHOST and dd images) set up WDS and captured ...
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SCCM PXE not working

How do I get the SCCM server to direct the clients so they get DHCP, and connect to the SCCM server? Do I need to have the WDS role installed? Is this a requirement?
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Windows Deployment Services Error When Approving Machine

I'm using WDS/Server 2008 R2 to deploy Windows 7 in a small organization. I have WDS configured to respond to all PXE clients, but require administrator approval. When I PXE-boot a client, it sees ...
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Cannot start WDS service

I built this WDS server that I made into a RODC also. After running the dcpromo, it get this error message that the WDS service is not started and could not start. I found this so I tried changing ...
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Multicasting for WDS

I want to install a Windows 7 image on 40-something computers without touching 'em I have a WDS server, an image captured, and an answer file setup. I go to create a multicast transmission out of ...
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Windows Deployment Services without a domain?

I was wondering if it is possible to use Windows Deployment Services w/o domain access The reasons why I'm not using setting up a domain (or using an existing one) are irrelevant. I was wondering if ...
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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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Can I authorize W2K8 DHCP server for private network, even when prohibited in enterprise network?

I have a domain-joined test machine running W2K8 R2 with two NICs, one connected to the enterprise network, the other one to a private network with a static IP (192.168.0.1). The machine should act as ...
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Multiple PXE boots on the same subnet for RIS and WDS

We are looking to migrate off our existing server 2003 sp2 machine, running RIS (which I know is WDS as of Server 2003 Sp2, but to be clear..) with a bunch of legacy RiSETUP images to a Server 2008 r2 ...
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Windows 7 deployment thru WDS

I am deploying new systems on my network and I built my reference computer by installing the OS the manufacturers (Dell and a custom built system from some local business) gave with all drivers, ...
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Can Windows Server 2003 (32 bit) host a 64 bit boot image for WDS?

I'm running WDS on a Windows Server 2003 (32 bit) system and need to capture a Windows 7 (64 bit) image and then image a lab of computers with the 64 bit image. Can my 32 bit server host a 64 bit ...
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PXE E52 proxyDHCP offers were received. No DHCP offers were received

Have a Lenovo laptop which i'm trying to capture an image from as a test (we are moving from HP as our std laptop) and i keep getting the PXE E52 error when trying to boot from LAN. With things ...
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Working with WDS

I work with WDS on Windows Server 2008-R2. I need to create some WIM images. For creating images i need the ImageX utility it is member of WAIK. Can i download the ImageX separately from the WAIK? ...
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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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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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MDT deployment and Naming machines

I have just setup an environment using WDS and the Microsoft Deployment toolkit to push images out to our machines. The only thing I am now struggling with is naming the machines. I would like to ...
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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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WDS Auto Logging in after Install

I have setup WDS to push out images to our machines completely hands of. It all works fine, accept at the end of the process, when the machine is sat at the crl+alt+del login prompt. If you hit ...
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Deploying Windows 7 using WDS - Some applications seem to be stuck at 125% dpi settings

I've been using Windows Deployment Server to deploy Windows 7 (64 bit) images and it works very well. However sometimes the deployed installation seem to default to 125% (medium) dpi settings (...
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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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What happens if you don't sysprep an image?

I've been researching WDS and other imaging tools, and the best practice seems to be to sysprep the master machine before imaging. However, where I've been working they simply build a machine then ...
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How do I add files to a Vista or Win7 install.wim file?

I'm trying to add files to an install.wim file so that they will show up on the system after the OS has been deployed. I have tried the following steps: Mount the image with "imagex /mountrw..." ...
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Deploying Windows XP via Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2008 to workstations with SATA

I'm trying to deploy a custom XP WIM image to some new Lenovo laptops using MDT2008. I've built the machines using the Lenovo-supplied XP downgrade utility, added some custom applications which I ...
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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 2008 R2 WDS

I am trying to test the Windows deployment services in Windows 2008 R2. I am able to get an IP when my desktop PXE boots but then I get PXE-E32: TFTP open timeout. Has anyone run into this? if so ...