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You can't (officially) install the snap-in on a non-WDS server, as far as I know (terrible, right?). You could always pre-stage the computer accounts so that you don't have to approve them. If that's the route you want to go, there's an excellent PowerShell script written by yours truly right here. :)


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I think your only option would be injecting the driver into the image using dsim.exe with the /forceunsigned switch.


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It's kind of a weird design flaw in the Windows sysprep system. Joining the domain happens in the specialize phase. You can't be prompted to name the computer until the OOBE phase though. What I suspect is happening is that you are trying to name the computer in the out of box experience after you've already joined the computer to the domain. This breaks the ...


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Before you capture your WIM, configure your reference computer with whatever applications you want to have pre-installed. When the WIM is applied to a target, all that is left to do is join it to the domain and apply any updates. With that said, the beauty of using MDT (and by extension, SCCM) is that you can create separate application packages that can ...


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To execute Powershell scripts automatically via unattend.xml you are going to want to configure the run synchronous command entry(s) for your script. Open Windows SIM to the unattend file that you would like to mod. open the components tab and expand the *Microsoft-Windows-Deployment* entry. After you have added the item to the unattend.xml, You can ...


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The language value is actually coded into each .wim file. it defaults with a new wim to en-US. You can use the dism tool in waik to set the language value on the wim image. Specifically the /Set-UILang switch. Check out the following documentation page for more information: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd744360(WS.10).aspx


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For ten laptops I would definitely use MDT. Download the package from Microsoft and read through the docs, they're quite good and cover all of the steps you need to make it go. If you encounter larger numbers of machines to deploy to I would then look towards WDS but use it with MDT. Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2010 Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) ...


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It is a bug in WDS. When you approve a UEFI device it gives the wrong permissions. If you look under the security permissions on the computer object you will see it has set deny for Domain Admins against the 'Change password' and 'Reset password'. Remove the deny for both of these and you are good to go. You will need to do this for each UEFI computer you ...


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Under the "sources" folder on the PE key is the "boot.wim" file. Mount Boot WIM: dism /Mount-Wim /wimfile:C:[WPE PATH]\sources\boot.wim /index:1 /MountDir:C:\Mounted_images\boot Then the file can be found at: C:\Mounted_images\boot\Windows\System32\startnet.cmd Commit changes and Unmount WIM: dism /Unmount-Wim /MountDir:C:\Mounted_images\boot /commit If ...


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Some of these components have excellent alternatives, some exist with limitations and some not at all. Integrating all this stuff to have a similar experience would be an enormous amount of work, and it would still be limited in various ways. Why would you want to do this?


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I'm going to reply with a list of Linux alternatives for what's listed above.. DHCP on Linux WSUS is a tricky one to answer, did you want to keep Windows or other Linux machine up to date? Linux alternative to WDS (http://fogproject.org/) Linux file server (http://www.openfiler.com/) DNS server for Linux (http://www.isc.org/software/bind) Another DNS ...


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I found all the different places that it needs to be updated but wanted to document them here incase anybody else ever runs into a similar issue. DeploymentWorkbench > Deployment Shares > Share Name > right-click > Properties > General > Network (UNC) path DeploymentWorkbench > Deployment Shares > Share Name > right-click > Properties > Rules > Edit ...


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Try making it into an actual script: In notepad create the file AdobeSerialization.cmd and add the lines: @echo off start /d "path_to_file" AdobeSerialization.exe --tool=VolumeSerialize del AdobeSerialization.cmd Then move your script AdobeSerialization.cmd to C:\Windows\Setup\Scripts\ In the last line of the script the file deletes itself to prevent it ...


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How can I deploy Windows 8 Pro over WDS so that it is already connected to my domain? After you read the documentation that I linked to in the comments, you should have an unattended file linked to your WDS install image. The <UnattendedJoin> section of that answer file is where you can input credentials that are used to join the client to the domain ...


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In WDS there are two unattend files. One for the install image and one for the boot image. You set the settings that you're asking about in the WinPE section of the answer file for the boot image.


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PXE uses DHCP. You can run PXE on a network with separate PXE and DHCP servers, but PXE does need to listen on DHCP. It just can't hand out IP addresses. It kind of goes like this: PXE Client: DHCPREQUEST, p.s. I'm a PXE Client. DHCP Server: DHCPACK, Here's your IP! p.s., PXE over there -> PXE Server: DHCPACK, Hello, I'll be your PXE server today....


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What is a boot image? A boot image is a slimmed down WinPE environment that is delivered to the client via PXE. It's similar to the first stage of the Ghost PXE install, where the client boots to a slim program before applying the image. It's what gets you started. What is an install image? This is the image that you capture (or the generic install.wim ...


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If you're interested in capturing an image automatically from your computer(s) to physical media (E.G. CD, DVD, BD, USB, etc...) you can use a tool that Microsoft created called: Microsoft Deployment Toolkit. MDT Supports all media types as long as it is bootable on your system. So if that is USB then it will work. If it is PXE then use that. You can ...


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Have you tried using the NDIS5 Driver for Microsoft Windows driver? If you have trouble getting it into the VM, use something like genisoimage to generate an ISO you can mount in VirtualBox.


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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.


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No it is not a requirement for Windows 7 to be PXE booted from a Windows 2008 server. Linux distributions can sometimes take time to "support" a new version, but in most cases all that needs to happen is that the bootloader files need to be added to the PXE server. Here is an example. http://www.ultimatedeployment.org/, http://www.ultimatedeployment.org/...


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MDT 2010 requires and use WAIK for deploying Operating systems. MDT is a Toolkit/Workbench that brings together the Microsoft tools for image deployment into a neat intuitive package. If you plan on doing muliple, possibly repetitive deployments it is definetly the way to go. Pair MDT with WDS (Windows Deployment Services) and you can multicast/unicast ...


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Run do not walk to the download site for MDT. You can set up task sequences based on any number of factors. You may need or want to set up a webservice front end to allow additonal capabilities in Ad or simply use the roles portion of the MDT database. This part of a pretty good tutorial talks about roles in the MDT database. I also would reccomend this ...


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You should look into using the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT). It can automate deployments of server and desktop operating systems. You can make it as automated as you like. Microsoft MDT


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Okay lets start with the sysprep.inf file. This is just a flat text file that doesn't interpret variables. The * is used to denote a random chosen computer name. The variables %MACHINENAME% and Others are replaced with the actual text string by WDS when it copies over the unattend file. So for any of this to work you have to be deploying it with WDS. The ...


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It's definitely possible. I'm not sure why you were unable to capture the updates. Our image creation process is done on virtual machines as WDS / MDT images are hardware independent (drivers injected on the fly etc). Create a hyper-v server and build your base images on that, then use Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT)'s image capture task sequence and ...


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The answer to 1 and 3 is "yes, but..." You may want to organize your drivers according to whether you need to use them in the boot (PE) images or the install images. Separating the drivers by model of computer can make it easier to replace the correct drivers when new versions are released. Updating the deployment share depends on where the drivers are going ...


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If I'm understanding your question correctly, you should set the computer name in the unattend file to %MACHINENAME%, which is the variable used during setup when it finds a match by NetbootGUID in AD. You'll also need to use valid credentials in the Unattended Join section. They should be able to overwrite computer objects (delete and create).


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I think you're trying to use individual retail or OEM licenses with WDS. Don't do this, get volume licenses so that you have KMS or a single Multiple Activation Key(MAK) available.


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Generally, WDS is only used to deploy the boot image. It does not host the install image in a typical MDT deployment. With the correct hackery, you can deploy this boot image and unattend file through something like tftpd and pxelinux rather than WDS, but it's totally unsupported and also a nightmare to set up. You can always make a boot install CD instead ...


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