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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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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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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 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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 image....
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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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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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PXE Client-Error via WDS: 'boot\x64\wdsmgfw.efi' not found

I installed Windows Deployment Services (WDS) on a new Server 2012 R2 machine. My Hyper-V (Gen2, UEFI, Secure Boot) clients fail at requesting 'boot\x64\wdsmgfw.efi' via TFTP. The server responds ...
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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 192....
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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 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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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DISM Can Mount Image but Can't Apply It

I am using DISM to capture a Windows image. I have successfully captured an image from the reference computer after running sysprep and booting from Windows PE. This was done manually using the DISM /...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Building linux infrastructure that similar to windows solutions

I am working on Microsoft gold partner organization in last 3 months. All of our IT solutions based on Microsoft products. Here are the basic lists of products that we using our maintenance DHCP ...
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Installing windows OS on ISCSI san storage using iPXE BOOT

Captured boot up process Hi good people, I'm trying to make a diskless PC client and install the operating system on a SAN Storage. As of now i'm using windows server 2012 R2 and it will serve as my ...
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Windows deployment services introduction

I am managing a moderately-sized computer network for school and I have been using Norton Ghost to deploy images across the network. However, recently we have been investigating a switch to another ...
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PXE with WDS & Windows Server 2012 - no filename option in DHCP lease?

I'm trying to configure Windows Server 2012 (a virtual box VM) with WDS so I can PXE boot some Windows 7 VMs (also virtual box). All the machines involved are only attached to the "host only network"...
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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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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. I'...
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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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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. ...