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    WDS PXE Boot Fails

    One PC, reimaging, booted into PXE fine on first run. I forgot to create the task sequence, so rebooted and now it refuses to boot into PXE with no error messages at all.

    Hit F12 and it downloads the WDS boot image then just says "PXE Boot Aborted"

    Cleared out ADUC and reset the WDS services, still no luck.

    Any ideas?

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    Try using diskpart to wipe the disk using the 'clean' command. Sometimes if one of our deploys ditches out, it picks up part of the previous attempt from the c:\minint folder and won't ever get back in to the wizard properly. Wiping the disk cures it

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    Check the Event logs under Applications and Services Logs > Microsoft > Windows > Deployment-Services-Diagnostics and see if there are any clues there.

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    its saying its expecting an x32 boot image... yet its an x64 PC and has already booted into the x64 image.

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    Try deploying the 32bit boot image anyway
    I know SCCM has an issue with this - so WDS may have a similar issue

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    Quote Originally Posted by themightymrp View Post
    Try using diskpart to wipe the disk using the 'clean' command. Sometimes if one of our deploys ditches out, it picks up part of the previous attempt from the c:\minint folder and won't ever get back in to the wizard properly. Wiping the disk cures it
    I just fdisk'ed the partition and its all fine.

    Thanks @themightymrp

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gatt View Post
    Try deploying the 32bit boot image anyway
    I know SCCM has an issue with this - so WDS may have a similar issue
    I have no x32 boot image, were pure x64

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    Glad that worked Its a half complete task sequence or something that it tries to recover from - it just can't get past it! Wipe the disk and away you go

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    I've got a machine building with RIS (I know, I know...) that has done something similar, downloads a load of stuff, scans for drivers and then hangs.

    I'm going to Fdisk it and see what happens...

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    Fdisk, ris ? Bit old isnt it.

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    Yup... But I'm stuck with an RM network that we can't afford to replace.

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    RM ewwww.

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