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    WDS and XP

    I do apologise if this has been asked before but I am new to this side of things,

    I have recently taken up a new position in a school and have had a look at the way they perform some of their tasks at the moment, one thing that came to light was when I was watching the technician sit at a single pc installing Windows 7 and all associated software for around 5 hours ???

    I was bewildered when he said this is what they normally do, when I mentioned WDS and MSI deployment he didnít know what I was talking about. So this afternoon I have setup and configured WDS as well as the MSI deployments as required.

    My question is though is there anyway of setting up XP to deploy via WDS as our nursery pcís still run on it due to the childrenís software they still use, Ďtizzys toybox etc.í, with the newer OSís it was easy to direct to the source folder and set up from the .wim files but XP doesnít have these.

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    You need to capture it back if I remember correctly. It's much easier to use MDT... Or upgrade to 7

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    Quote Originally Posted by OhDear View Post
    You need to capture it back if I remember correctly. It's much easier to use MDT... Or upgrade to 7
    We cant upgrade to 7 as most of the software they use wont run on it, I have tried to get them to replace the software with something newer but I dont think there interested.

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    Windows XP will deploy with WDS no problem. Be sure to remove all disk partitioning options from your sysprep.inf before syspreping the reference machine and capture with imagex. Import the captured WIM into WDS and place your sysprep folder onto the WDS server here:

    Code:
    WDSRemote\Images\<Image Group Name>\<Image Name>\$OEM$\$1

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    Quote Originally Posted by OhDear View Post
    It's much easier to use MDT...
    What actually is MDT ???

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    Microsoft Deployment Toolkit

    I am sure others will advise of other websites and resources, but i found the books from Deployment Fundamentals > Home to be easy, and logical to follow.
    I bought the hard copies (old skool!) but I think they are available on ebooks (cheaper).

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    Tell them after 1 year the xp machines will "stop working". Does driver injection work with xp? Or do you need an image for each pc?

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    Not to sure yet, I have just walked in the office and am going to have a good play with it today as well as WAIK and MDT, I will keep you posted.

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    Ok so I have managed to setup WAIK & MDT it created a LiteTouchPEx86.wim file in the Deployment Share \ Boot folder.

    I then went into WDS and added the .wim file to the boot images, so everything looked all ok, I have made changes to the bootstrap.ini as follows;

    [Settings]
    Priority=Default
    Properties=MyCustomProperty
    [Default]
    UserID=administrator
    UserDomain=xxxxxx.com
    UserPassword=xxxxxx
    [DefaultGateway]
    xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx=appserver
    [SITE1]
    DeployRoot=\\appSERVER\DeploymentShare$
    OSInstall=YES
    SkipBDDWelcome=YES
    SkipAdminPassword=YES
    SkipBitLocker=YES
    SkipCapture=YES
    SkipComputerName=YES
    SkipComputerBackup=YES
    SkipDeploymentType=YES
    DeploymentType=NEWCOMPUTER
    SkipDomainMembership=YES
    SkipSummary=YES

    I also defined the product key in the initial setup for Windows 7 but it still keeps asking me for a lot of the information and does not update the product key for me either, have I missed something ???

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    Bootstrap.ini processes before the main wizard. Are you trying to do a capture or just deploy the os ?

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    Just trying to deploy the os, but wanted it to put the key in and activate windows as well.

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    Can somebody please tell me where I can find the customsettings.ini file ???

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    Found it thank you.

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    Ok could you please tell me if I have missed something as I have got MDT working and at the moment I am really impressed with it although I have a couple of minor snags I’m hoping you can help with.

    For some reason even though I have put the information in it still insists I haven’t put the deployment share credentials in (highlighted in yellow).

    Also when the process is running it puts the domain username and password in but not the domain itself (highlighted in green).

    Am I doing something wrong because other than that its working great, it places itself on the domain then slots into the appropriate OU then when I reboot the MSI files kick in and start to install job done.

    [Settings]
    Priority=Default
    [Default]
    UserDomain=MyDomain
    UserID= administrator
    UserPassword=secure password

    DeployRoot=\\APPSERVER\DeploymentShare$
    OSInstall=YES
    ProductKey=xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx
    SkipProductKey=YES
    SkipBDDWelcome=YES
    SkipDomainMembership=NO
    TimeZoneName=GMT Standard Time
    SkipAdminPassword=YES
    SkipBitLocker=YES
    SkipCapture=YES
    SkipComputerName=NO
    SkipComputerBackup=YES
    SkipDeploymentType=YES
    DeploymentType=NEWCOMPUTER

    SkipFinalSummary=YES
    SkipUserData=YES
    SkipLocaleSelection=YES
    KeyboardLocale=0809:00000809
    UserLocale=en-GB
    UILanguage=en-GB
    SkipComputerName=NO

    SkipTimeZone=YES
    TimeZoneName=GMT Standard Time


    DomainAdmin=administrator
    DomainAdminPassword=secure password
    JoinDomain=MyDomain

    WSUSServer=http://APPSERVER

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    Do you put the domain as the fqdn not just the netbios name?

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