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    More Prestaging

    This WDS has me pulling my hair out. I'm pre-staging a machine and telling it to connect to my build server only - there are around 5 on the LEA domain.

    So I point it at: ygg-wds.school.education.swansea.sch.uk which is the DNS name.

    I click Next and get:

    Server Object Not Found
    The server cannot be found on the network because the server is not a Remote Installation server, the server is not on the network or you are experiencing network problems.
    Do you still want to use the server name?
    Yes | No
    Well sorry mr domain - the server is on the network and no we are not experiencing network problems. Everything is done as it should be.

    Any help appreciated, I've Googled and not much arrived.

    GJE

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    Anyone? sob?

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    Hmm, you have got the WDS server set to accept requests?

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    have you tried using the IP address rather than the DNS name?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sparkeh View Post
    Hmm, you have got the WDS server set to accept requests?
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    GJE

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    Quote Originally Posted by tmcd35 View Post
    have you tried using the IP address rather than the DNS name?
    Going to try that now...

    Nah didn't work. When I click search it comes up with our WDS server listed (along with 5 others). I won't be able to connect to the others due to the LEA firewalls.

    I've taken the server down today and rebuilt it totally (installation wise).

    GJE

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    Can your machines resolve the name of the build server? ie nslookup <name_of_your_build_server>

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    Quote Originally Posted by sparkeh View Post
    Can your machines resolve the name of the build server? ie nslookup <name_of_your_build_server>
    Yes it can.

    GJE

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    Any reason not to go with Fog instead?

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    Is that from the GUI? What does wdsutil say when you try?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DMcCoy View Post
    Is that from the GUI? What does wdsutil say when you try?
    A noobie question here - but yes that is from the GIU - how would I enter wdsutil when booting the machine to deploy to?

    GJE

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    wdsutil is for prestaging and altering machines in AD from the command line (amongst other wds things).

    Assuming the older format is similar

    Code:
    wdsutil /Add-Device /Device:S0101 /ID:001CC0693475 /ReferralServer:10.0.8.1 /WdsClientUnattend:WdsClientUnattend\Student.xml /User:DOMAIN\WDS /JoinRights:Full /JoinDomain:Yes /OU:"OU=S01,OU=Students,OU=Computers,OU=domain,DC=name,DC=school"
    Edit. wdsutil.exe is on the WDS server

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    Oh what dhcp options have you set?

    Off the top of my head I think option 66 should be set and pointing to WDS server, option 67 should point to the boot image (I think, been a long time since I used WDS, I moved to FOG)).

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    Quote Originally Posted by sparkeh View Post
    Oh what dhcp options have you set?

    Off the top of my head I think option 66 should be set and pointing to WDS server, option 67 should point to the boot image (I think, been a long time since I used WDS, I moved to FOG)).
    Hi Sparkeh

    The DHCP is on another server so the options on the WDS server are turned off.

    As for on the DHCP machine

    66 is set to: 10.180.8.5
    67 is pointing to the pxe boot image

    I'm wonderinf if 66 should be set to ygg-wds instead of an IP address. It worked for RIS as an IP address so I never changed it.

    I know it is seeing the wds server because it offers me the choice to capture an image or deploy an image. We reach the Vista style screens and I'm asked to authenticate - which works. Then I get told no image available.

    So I'm assuming this is because I cannot get the machines to see the ygg-wds server when I prestage them.

    GJE

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    Oh right sorry I am with you now.
    The clients are pxe booting and contacting the wds server but when it comes to contact the installation server specified during the pre-staging it fails. Is that where we are at?

    Have you used a FQDN for the installation server during prestaging? I think it is fussy about this.
    edit: sorry I see from your first post that you have.

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