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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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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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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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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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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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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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There is an option to build distributed MDT environment, which can cover your needs. https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/deployment/deploy-windows-mdt/build-a-distributed-environment-for-windows-10-deployment Of course, as mentioned, you can build an HA File Share and put MDT shares there. The following link might help you: https://www.starwindsoftware....


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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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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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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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If you configured WSUS to use WID as well, then it sounds like something may have gone awry with WID. You should be able to have both applications using the same WID instance, so it's not like this is necessarily a compatibility issue. I would either restore from a pre-WSUS backup and reinstall WSUS again, or completely uninstall the WDS, WSUS roles and ...


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I think install time goes up as all the drivers have to be checked for relevance, but I would consider this to be a minhor inconvenience compared to the ability for drivers to JUST WORK.


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If you have Server 2012, forget virtual box. Use Hyper-V.


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In my opinion, always create an account for a specific job such as this. You will probably need to take into consideration as to where you've put your MDT Deployment Share. Some people tend to leave the Deployment Share on the boot drive of the WDS server or in some other easily accessible place in which the NTFS permissions aswell as Share permissions ...


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Have you tried using the Microsoft-Windows-Setup\WindowsDeploymentServices\Login settings in your Client unattend file? This will allow the system to log in automatically. In the domain field, you would use the server name (Freya). The article Windows Deployment Services Getting Started Guide for Windows Server 2012 has instructions for both domain and non-...


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well adding them to WDS certainly isn't going to hurt anything, but you should be able to reference that hardware ID within the .inf if you really want to limit the drivers that you have sitting out on WDS. For the intel 1218v it would be dev_15a1 which is found in the e1d64x64.inf file in the prowinx64.exe package https://downloadcenter.intel.com/...


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We ended up contacting Microsoft regarding this and after several weeks of useless tests, turns out there is a bug in WDS name and approve and PXE booting when using UEFI over BIOS and unattended domain joining is simply non-functional over UEFI when pxe booting with WDS name and approve. Long story short, keep using BIOS if you want automated joins with ...


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For non-PXE capable devices, the CD/DVD approach is actually something that's built into WDS. It's called a Discover Image. For the "official" Microsoft instructions, see this TechNet article. Their own instructions only tell you how to create an ISO image, but I found this article that explains how to build it by hand for a USB device, or you can use your ...


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You need to create a new internal network in Hyper-V-settings for virtual switches. A corresponding virtual NIC will show up in your Hyper-V-Hosts network-settings. On your physical connection, you can then share your internet connection with that virtual NIC using normal internet connection sharing. You should be aware that this will enable a second ...


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---EDIT: Default WDS settings (Properties, Boot) dictate you have to hit F12 (quickly) to continue booting, otherwise you will get PXE Boot Aborted. I am sure this is designed so that a boot order with NIC/PXE 1st will still boot to local devices without user intervention WDS log (Source Deployment-Services-Diagnostics, Event ID 57347) advised: The PXE ...


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Sure. It's not really reccomended to run anything else on the DC apart from the Domain Controller and DNS/DHCP Roles, but it's certainly doable. Install the AD Doman Controller role first, then Windows Deployment services. Note: As you've tagged this with both Server 2008 and 2012 it's worth mentioning that Windows Deployment Services on Windows Server 2012 ...


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I’ve read about different successful iPXE implementations with StarWind iSCSI target, but haven't tested myself yet. Here is an article that you may find helpfull: https://jonmccune.wordpress.com/2011/12/19/diskless-windows-7-with-iscsi-and-gpxe/


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I got a top from a Redditor. WDS is supposed to add those files once you add a Windows boot.wim to the boot images. However, this is broken with Windows 10 v1803. I used an earlier ISO and WDS copied the files over to that directory. Very frustrating.


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Are you creating the unattend file with Windows SIM (Part of WAIK)? I put your file into WSIM (I added it to another complete unattend file) and it validated fine. The only problem I can see at this point is that you are trying to make 2 partitions active, when you can only have 1. WSIM can make creation of unattend files much easier. Have you checked the ...


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According to this article you can clear all approved devices from the database with this command: WDSUTIL /Verbose /Delete-AutoAddDevices /Server:MyWDSServer /DeviceType:ApprovedDevices. Hope this helps.


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Consider use of the RunOnce Registry key under the HKLM hive so it will run once for whichever user is first to log in. http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa376977%28v=vs.85%29.aspx Set this in Master image and upon first boot, your command can be executed. Windows takes care to delete the registry key. EDIT (thanks to @guss) - RunServicesOnce (at ...


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This is a popular idea to test with that doesnt work. The VM drivers are not included in the standard boot image so it wont see the storage on the capture PCs C: drive. If the sample desktop is physical, the test will likely work without change.


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Think of MDT as a piece of software that greatly expands and integrates into WDS. Once you have MDT installed you really need not touch the WDS components. The most helpful resource I found was this video by Richard Smith of Microsoft : Windows 7 Image Creation and Lite Touch Deployment using MDT 2010. It's for the 2010 version but it's mostly the same on ...


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