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    WDS - Native - No Install Images

    Hi Guys,

    Small query. I'm having trouble getting WDS on Server 2008 to work correctly.

    WDS is installed perfectly, and the boot.wim image added from the WAIK sources, from there I created a Capture CD (When Syspreping machines).

    BOOT.WIM - Works fine, loads the WinPE 2.1 Environment
    CAPTURE.WIM - Works fine (Only when a machine has been syspreped otherwise it cant read the HDD)

    Earlier today, I did the norm. Installed Windows XP, all updates, all programs, all required changes and the likes to get a flat working XP version for rebuilding use. I sysprepped the machine on RESEAL after chaning HAL and adding various other pre-changes.

    F12 booted into WDS > Capture > Image Captured and Uploaded to WDS Server > Showing in "Install Images"

    However... whenever I F12 boot, I cannot see this install image. Any ideas why I can't? I followed the Microsoft WDS Step-by-step and it says it should be showing.

    I tried to change the default boot program from pxeboot.com to wdnlsr.com or whatever its name, but that provided an infinte loop.

    Just cant seem to get the install images to show. Suggestions?

    Cheers

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    I think you need the boot.wim file from a Vista SP1 or Win2k8 DVD for WDS?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gatt View Post
    I think you need the boot.wim file from a Vista SP1 or Win2k8 DVD for WDS?
    So my Server 2008 DVD should have this *.wim file?

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    yep - it should be in the <cddrive>:\soruces\ folder
    along with the install.wim

    Same files in same place on your VIsta DVD too.

    Once the right boot.wim file is in you can create the Capture (Save Image) WIM file and the Discover (Load/Deploy Image) WIM file

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gatt View Post
    yep - it should be in the <cddrive>:\soruces\ folder
    along with the install.wim

    Same files in same place on your VIsta DVD too.

    Once the right boot.wim file is in you can create the Capture (Save Image) WIM file and the Discover (Load/Deploy Image) WIM file
    Let me just clarify this for myself.

    Copy boot.wim from 2008 DVD, add as image, right click and create capture image, right click and create discover image.

    boot.wim = the standard WinPE 2.1 environment with the command prompt?

    capture.wim (created) = capture environment with the step-by-step instructions for capturing.

    discover.wim (created) = deployment environment, from here I should be able to select my install image?

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    To deploy images you need to use the boot.wim from vista business or server 2008 dvd.

    Is the image you wish to deploy showing in the wds console app thingy? i.e did it get uploaded to the server correctly?

    Ben

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    Quote Originally Posted by plexer View Post
    To deploy images you need to use the boot.wim from vista business or server 2008 dvd.

    Is the image you wish to deploy showing in the wds console app thingy? i.e did it get uploaded to the server correctly?

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    Yeah its showing as an Install Image and is online, however as Gatt said above I need to use the Vista/2008 boot.wim file to create boot/capture/deploy images.

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    No you only need to vista/2008 boot.wim to deploy images, the x86 and amd capture images can be created from the files supplied with the windows automated installer kit (AIK)

    Ben

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    Perfect! Thanks Plexer.

    Problem was not using the correct boot.wim file, I used the one from the WAIK installation.

    Cheers

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    Cool let us know how you get on, mine stuck on deploying the image.

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    Quote Originally Posted by plexer View Post
    Cool let us know how you get on, mine stuck on deploying the image.

    Ben
    Working perfectly actually now that its actually going.

    Have tested the following sysprep images: (We used to use the WinPE disk, imagex capture etc, not one touch deployment which it is now)

    - Windows XP Pro, no drivers no software, just a clean install. (Three minutes for deployment, 2 for Sysprep mini-setup to run)

    Need to test the other images. Our ICT image is 15.2GB :/ May take a while.

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    hmm wonder why I had problems then.

    Is your wds a physical server?

    Ben

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    Quote Originally Posted by plexer View Post
    hmm wonder why I had problems then.

    Is your wds a physical server?

    Ben
    Yeah, HP Proliant, it's also our 2008 IPv4/6 DHCP Server as well, as this was needed for McAfee and Windows NAP enforcement.

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    Mine stuck on PXE booting, specifically WDS TFTP doesn't respond (to a sensible request from the workstation) after the exchange of a few network packets.

    [Only installed WDS for MDT LiteTouch PXE booting so gave up and I'm happily using SolarWinds TFTP instead]

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