+ Post New Thread
Results 1 to 12 of 12
O/S Deployment Thread, Is this possible - load/reboot into boot.wim in Technical; Just thinking aloud. We have 600 machines to reinstall with windows 7 this summer. I have wds /deployment manager setup ...
  1. #1

    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Posts
    804
    Thank Post
    95
    Thanked 61 Times in 45 Posts
    Rep Power
    25

    Is this possible - load/reboot into boot.wim

    Just thinking aloud. We have 600 machines to reinstall with windows 7 this summer. I have wds/deployment manager setup so all it needs is an F12 to pixie boot and the rest is automated.

    I just wondered from XP is it possible to remotely send a command to reboot into a pixie boot environment?

    Or remote in and load the boot.win?

    Basically want to do the whole school sat as my desk!!!
    Last edited by burgemaster; 15th July 2013 at 10:26 PM.

  2. #2
    eddyc's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2008
    Location
    Bristol
    Posts
    429
    Thank Post
    95
    Thanked 47 Times in 43 Posts
    Rep Power
    21
    I don't think you can do this from WDS directly. I think if you use SCCM and push the client out to all of the machines, you can then schedule a workflow to make them reboot and reimage by themselves without leaving the office!

    We still are working on migrating from WDS to SCCM so if you do find a hands free way of starting the imaging remotely, please let me know!

    eddyc

  3. #3

    FN-GM's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Location
    UK
    Posts
    15,408
    Thank Post
    797
    Thanked 1,593 Times in 1,395 Posts
    Blog Entries
    10
    Rep Power
    428
    The PXE thing is based on the hardware. What type of machines are they? Its possible to do it with Dell.

    SCCM is the way to do it, but then will be a little work for you.

  4. #4

    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Posts
    804
    Thank Post
    95
    Thanked 61 Times in 45 Posts
    Rep Power
    25
    Dell and lenovos..
    Will leave the sccm install .. Only 4 days left.
    I'm guessing dell have a broadcast command to wake them from off into pixie?

  5. #5

    FN-GM's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Location
    UK
    Posts
    15,408
    Thank Post
    797
    Thanked 1,593 Times in 1,395 Posts
    Blog Entries
    10
    Rep Power
    428
    If they are dell optiplex you might be in luck. There is a tool to use to temporary change the boot order for 1 boot to PXE. It can be done remotely. Then you somehow trigger a remote reboot for it to apply.

  6. #6
    MordyT's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2012
    Location
    In a computer
    Posts
    367
    Thank Post
    38
    Thanked 64 Times in 59 Posts
    Rep Power
    18
    Interesting. We always set pxe to boot first in the bios. Would love to know how we can change the boot order remotely

  7. #7

    Join Date
    Sep 2011
    Posts
    63
    Thank Post
    9
    Thanked 8 Times in 8 Posts
    Rep Power
    14
    Right. I have just done this without SCCM for upgrade from 7 to 8.

    In the MDT Make a generic task sequence with minor changes. One that can do Replace\New Computer\Refresh Deployments. Now i need to warn that this is not best practice at all but i found it worked for me.

    In your Task Sequence for the upgrade in the State Capture part, inbetween the Capture Network Settings and the "Refresh Only" Folder add in a task sequence variable step. I named Mine upgrade and made it Equal to "YES". Then on Refresh Only folder Remove the DeploymentType variable filter and add your upgrade one. (Do that on both Refresh Only folders).

    In the Preinstall part i have disabled all 3 of the folders of "New Computer Only" + "Offline User State Capture" + "Refresh Only". then add whatever you want.

    I didn't find this way i did get a few boot errors on first boot and had to F12 some anyway but the majority seemed to work.

    then to launch it. Make a fully automated Customsetting.ini (but don't overwrite the one you use now). If you want to keep the current computer names in the CS.ini put OSDComputerName=%computername% and stuff like that (or use scripts if you really wanna)

    then to do it properly google for psexec and download it. then use the psexec program to execute this on remote computers. (alt u can use remote powershell etc etc) \\<WDS/MDT Server>\<Deployment Share>\Scripts\LiteTouch.vbs /rulesfile:CustomSettingsWin7To8Upgrade.ini

    hope that helps =]

  8. #8

    Join Date
    Sep 2011
    Posts
    63
    Thank Post
    9
    Thanked 8 Times in 8 Posts
    Rep Power
    14
    As for @MordyT i believe HP/Dell Machines have this capability but i have not heard of any others. Unless you run a bois update with a bois file through a startup script maybe but i am unsure.

  9. #9
    ChrisH's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2005
    Location
    East Lancs
    Posts
    4,943
    Thank Post
    115
    Thanked 272 Times in 250 Posts
    Rep Power
    104
    It's a shame your not using MDT as you can launch a MDT sequence from windows by going to the share and executing litetouch.wsf. You could do this on multiple computers using psexec or something like that.

  10. #10

    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Posts
    804
    Thank Post
    95
    Thanked 61 Times in 45 Posts
    Rep Power
    25
    Just what I needed!! We ARE using MDT !!
    Thanks will try this in the morning!
    Maybe devise a startup script or something
    Thankyou

  11. #11

    Join Date
    Sep 2011
    Posts
    63
    Thank Post
    9
    Thanked 8 Times in 8 Posts
    Rep Power
    14
    @ChrisH That's exactly what i said >_< but with steps on the Task sequence

    Indeed a startup script should work, not tried it tho =]

  12. #12
    ChrisH's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2005
    Location
    East Lancs
    Posts
    4,943
    Thank Post
    115
    Thanked 272 Times in 250 Posts
    Rep Power
    104
    Quote Originally Posted by jugglerjoe View Post
    @ChrisH That's exactly what i said >_< but with steps on the Task sequence

    Indeed a startup script should work, not tried it tho =]
    Sorry I read SCCM and skimmed the rest

  13. Thanks to ChrisH from:

    jugglerjoe (17th July 2013)

SHARE:
+ Post New Thread

Similar Threads

  1. Replies: 11
    Last Post: 26th March 2014, 11:31 AM
  2. Network Boot RM Slate - is this possible?
    By ljlbray in forum Netbooks, PDA and Phones
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 19th September 2011, 09:53 PM
  3. New Mac network - is this possible?
    By sidewinder in forum Mac
    Replies: 28
    Last Post: 28th August 2008, 01:19 AM
  4. Replies: 1
    Last Post: 26th August 2008, 01:49 PM
  5. Is This Possible?
    By Gambit in forum Scripts
    Replies: 7
    Last Post: 18th April 2007, 09:36 AM

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •