Deploying Windows 8: Unattended Installation Using Windows Deployment Services (WDS) – Part II

  See also: Deploying Windows 8: Unattended Installation Using Windows Deployment Services (WDS) – Part I In the first post of this series we’ve already reviewed the initial steps for preparing Windows Deployment Services (WDS), adding boot and clean Windows 8 images into the environment, an also how to capture a reference Windows 8 image for deployment. Now, it is […]

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Deploying Windows 8: Unattended Installation Using Windows Deployment Services (WDS) – Part I

  See also: Deploying Windows 8: Unattended Installation Using Windows Deployment Services (WDS) – Part II For a while now I’ve been preparing articles in this blog regarding deploying operating systems, and especially unattended deployments. I’ve started with Windows Vista deployments and the initial version of Windows Deployment Services (Post I, Post II and Post III); the moving forward with […]

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Deploying Windows 7 Using Windows Deployment Services (WDS): Step-by-Step – Part II

  See also: Deploying Windows 7 Using Windows Deployment Services (WDS): Step-by-Step – Part I After reviewing Post I about installing and configuring Windows Deployment Services, we’ve also review the process of capturing a customized Windows 7 image and upload it to WDS. To image is already available and we can use it to deploy on workstations from a PXE […]

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Deploying Windows 7 Using Windows Deployment Services (WDS): Step-by-Step – Part I

  See also: Deploying Windows 7 Using Windows Deployment Services (WDS): Step-by-Step – Part II  We had a good look about the possibilities about Windows deployment; regarding Windows 7 we’ve completed a guide using Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2010 (MDT 2010 beta) to capture and deploy unattended installations of Windows 7 with Office 2007 (Post I, Post II and Post III). […]

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Step-by-Step: Adding Hyper-V Integration Components to Windows PE using WAIK 2.0 Tools

For those that have been using Windows Automated Installation Kit (WAIK) 2.0 released recently (download link here) or using Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2010 Beta 1, that works only with WAIK 2.0 (check these articles of mine about MDT 2010: Post I, Post II and Post III); maybe you’ve noticed that the management tools that were included with WAIK 1.1 (and 1.0) disappeared in this new version. These tools were consolidated by one command-line: DISM.exe (more info on Post I about MDT 2010). Meaning that the Windows PE management (like customizing, adding drivers or inserting Hyper-V integration components to those images) that you executed on previous versions of WAIK, has significant changes. On this post we’ll be reviewing how to add the Hyper-V Integration Components to a Windows Preinstallation Environment (Windows PE) image, including the new Windows PE 3.0. Why should I need to add the Hyper-V Integration Components to Windows PE? The Integration Components of Hyper-V are a set of drivers that are a significant performance change that you can apply to virtual machines for them to be able to install synthetic devices instead of emulated devices. Some of the drivers that are installed using the Integration Components are: Video driver, network driver (with this you avoid using Hyper-V’s Legacy Network adapter), storage driver, VMBUS (transport for synthetic devices), time sync (time synchronization with the host), etc. Adding Hyper-V Integration Components  As I mentioned before, I prepared a set of […]

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Troubleshooting WDS: Event ID 257 – 258 – 266 – 513

Windows Deployment Services depends and works directly with Active Directory and DHCP, meaning that if any of those two servers are significantly modified, then probably you will not be able to start the WDS service and get the events ID: Event Viewer from WDS Server Event 257: An error occurred trying to start the Windows Deployment Services server. Event 258: An error occurred trying to start the Windows Deployment Services image server. Event 266: An error occurred while to refreshing settings. Event 513: An error occurred trying to initialize provider WDSImgSrv from C:\Windows\system32\WdsImgSrv.dll. Windows Deployment Services server will be shutdown. Disclaimer Please note that the following possible reasons, are related when all those events appear simultaneously and with the same descriptions. Event ID 513 can also appear regarding to a PXE provider error: “An error occurred while trying to initialize provider WDSPXE from C:\Windows\system32\wdspxe.dll. Windows Deployment Services server will be shutdown”. This particular error could happen for several reasons, like installing on the same server a System Center Configuration Manager PXE provider that replaces the WDS. Possible Reasons Those particular errors appeared when there were changes on Active Directory that did not were performed smoothly: – Changing a Global Catalog from Domain Controller. – Shutting down an active Domain Controller. Solution To solve this, you need to insert manually the FQDN of the domain controller working as a Global Catalog. 1 – Open the WDS snap-in and access server properties. […]

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Windows Deployment Services (WDS): Unattended Installation Files Examples

After completing three posts about unattended deployment of full operating systems with WDS (Part I, Part II and Part III), I had pending this post about the examples of the unattended files. So here they are. Note: All of the data about the components and values used on these two XML files, are explained on Part III about WDS Deployment. WDSClientUnattend Download example here. (Change file extension from .doc to .xml to start using it or you can still open it as a Word file). Part of WDSClientUnattend.xml AutoAttend Download example here. (Change file extension from .doc to .xml to start using it or you can still open it as a Word file). Part of AutoAttend.xml Hope that you find it useful! Cheers! Installing and Configuring WDS (Windows Deployment Services): Full Images Deployment (Part I) Installing and Configuring WDS (Windows Deployment Services): Full Images Deployment (Part II) Installing and Configuring WDS (Windows Deployment Services): Full Images Deployment (Part III)

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