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    MDT and pxe boot

    Hi I have set up MDT to use to deloy my windows 7 enviroment but new to all of this and learning as I go. I have finished the install of MDT and I think all is ok for me to start testing but when I f12 on a client it tryes to boot but gets no where. I have set up windows deployment services and have some lite touch boot images.

    Is there something more I need to do?
    does this work over Vlans? Server in a diferent one to the client?

    Could someone help and point me in the right direction

    Thanks

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    It does work across VLANS but can't remember if I needed to do anything other than set 2x DHCP scope options:

    066 Boot Server Host Name > <name>.<domain>
    067 Bootfile Name boot\x86\wdsnbp.com

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    Can you enlighten me more? I do not have DHCP working on the deployment server it is on another server in the domain does this matter? is there something I need to do on the DHCP server or the deploment server?

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    It's something we've got on our DHCP box (which is also seperate). Open up the DHCP tool, add your server, expand IPv4 right click on Server Options and "configure options". If you scroll down the list you should see those two options.

    Then try again.

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    Yes you need to add the entry on your DHCP server to point to your WDS server so that when you PXE boot a workstation it not only gets a DHCP address etc, it also gets pointed to your WDS server to boot the lite touch image.

    You actually only need

    066 Boot Server Host Name > <name>.<domain>

    The MDT lite touch image you copy to the WDS server will take care of booting the image. You can have multiple images on teh EDS server and it will automatically create a menu for you to choose from.

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    Still no Joy can anyone post a more step by step instructions.

    Thanks

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    Make sure when you look at the properties of your WDS Server in the WDS console that you have enabled PXE Response.

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    In my windows deployment services I have respond to all clients computers (known or unknown) and PXE responce delay to 0.
    onthe dhcp server i have under server options put in 066 boot server host name server name and domain. Also started "WinHTTP Web Proxy Auto Discover" service which I read else where.

    But still no joy

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    Does a DNS entry exist for your WDS server? If not you need one with exactly the same host name as in your 066 boot server DHCP entry.

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    I have a DNS entry of the server yes but not with domain after it. In forward look up and a pointer to the server including domain name in reverse look up?

    I do have 2 DHCP servers does this matter?

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    i get the following error

    No boot Filename Received

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    could it have something to do with 067 not being in place but I would have thought it should find the boot .wim on its own?

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    In WDS in the "%ServerName%\Boot Images" folder you need to right click and "Add boot image" the "LiteTouchPE_x86.wim" that MDS creates in "%MDS SERVER%\%DeploymentShare%\Boot"

    Basically the process goes:
    Workstation >> PXE Boot client >> DHCP Server >> DNS Server >> WDS Server\Boot Images\LiteTouchPE_x86.wim >> MDT Server

    Dont forget when you make a change to your MDT settings you need to regenerate the image and re-import it into the WDS server.

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    Boot.wim all in palce but still no joy

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    Check you have a default boot image set in WDS.

    WDS >> Servers >> %Servername% >> right click on server and properties >> "Boot" tab >> Default Boot Image (optional) Select your image for x86 architecture.

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