O/S Deployment Thread, Windows AIK + MDT in Technical; Currently moving along nicely with MDT / AIK / WDS setup here, but there seems to be alot along the ...
27th January 2010, 02:36 PM #1
27th January 2010, 03:11 PM #2
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Right well i'll answer what I can. I've been suing WDS for 3 years or so to deploy XP, last 12 months to deploy Vista and am now playing with deploying Win 7 with it.
For the taking the image it's the first reboot after sysprep runs, ie. sysprep shuts down machine. You then switch it back on and then boot to WDS and capture the image.
As for the default settings on the WDS tab mine is boot\x86\pxeboot.com
The client unattended install on the client tab is for getting the WDS to boot, pick an image and automatically partition the disk without the suer input. I've been playing with it today and got it to enter username, password, partition the hdd and then let me pick which image I want to install on it.
As for the themes bit I really don't have a clue as of yet, not played with them yet, but am going to set up a test network when i got more time and play about with 2008 R2 WDS and see if I can find anything more out as i'd like to customise my desktops a bit more during deployment.
Hope this has helped you.
Thanks to Ste_Harve from:
mrbios (27th January 2010)
27th January 2010, 03:38 PM #3
Thank you for the help, this is the first hurdle ive hit a snag with, i've been using a startrom.com file in the past which was a part of ghost or something originally and i had to use it for it to work properly......i cant find pxeboot.com, i don't seem to have that file anywhere! im sure i never deleted anything from the original setup though
Originally Posted by Ste_Harve
27th January 2010, 04:32 PM #4
Ah my some miracle pxeboot.com has reappeared, i now get the press F12 selection back, the next screen then has a windows 7 professional selection from boot image or the selection to use RIS, the RIS selection works fine and dandy but when i tried (for giggles) to install windows 7 that way it popped up with an error about WDS mode, any ideas?
Just to explain that further, when i select the top option it then does a loading screen where it mentions \boot\x86\boot.wim then the next screen is a windows 7 setup screen, it sits on that for a moment before poping up with "WDSclient: could not initialise wdsmode" or something along those lines, google hasnt helped me much here
Last edited by mrbios; 27th January 2010 at 04:51 PM.
28th January 2010, 09:34 AM #5
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How much memory has the machine your trying to load it on got? I've got some laptops with 256mb and they throw up a similar error. anything with 512mb should be fine though.
29th January 2010, 08:58 AM #6
The machine has at least 1GB of ram, its a fairly new box
Do i have to link the boot image (boot.wim) to the image i put into the install images folder? if so how do i do that?
I boot via PXE, select "microsoft windows install (x86)" from the boot menu and it loads the boot.wim file, goes to a windows install window but crashs out with that error, i dont think its actually getting an image!
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