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Setup WDS in Windows Server 2008 - STEP 5

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Step 5. Adding boot.wim and install.wim

 

Note: You should use only the boot.wim file from the Windows Server 2008 DVD. If you use the boot.wim file from the Windows Vista DVD, you will not be able to use the full functionality of Windows Deployment Services for example, multicasting. If you have the Windows Vista SP1 dvd, you can safely use that for the boot.wim.

 

 

 

The Windows Deployment Add image wizard will appear, insert your Windows 2008 Server DVD and click Browse, select the sources folder on the Windows 2008 DVD and then click next

 

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you'll be prompted to create a new image group, lets call it ImageGroup1 (the default name, you can change it later to Windows Server 2008 or Windows Vista Sp1 or whatever...).

 

 

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review your settings and click next when ready

 

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After a long while, the selected images will be added to the WDS server

 

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click finish and review the WDS server as it is now

 

in the Boot Images pane, you should see Microsoft Windows Longhorn Setup (x86) and this is the original boot.wim file from the Windows 2008 Server DVD, please note that this is the default description name of the image, you could change it when addint the boot.wim image to something more descriptive as in this example

 

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In the Install Images pane, we can see the six available images from the Windows 2008 Server DVD, these are based upon the install.wim file on the DVD.

 

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you can now PXE boot your client computers to the Windows 2008 WDS server.

 

troubleshooting note: if you add a new image to WDS and attempt to pxe boot and then install the image but get an error saying something like 'could not display the list of' then make sure you have used BOOT.WIM from a Windows Server 2008 DVD or Windows Vista sp1.

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Hi,

 

I have followed your steps ..

 

I want to depoly Windows Xp3 to client from WDS. Please advise how to get the boot.wim and install.wim files for Windows XP SP3.

 

Thank you for your understanding!

 

Regards,

Saba

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Hi,

 

I have followed your steps ..

 

I want to depoly Windows Xp3 to client from WDS. Please advise how to get the boot.wim and install.wim files for Windows XP SP3.

 

Thank you for your understanding!

 

Regards,

Saba

 

First of all Windows XP Boot media does not contain Boot.wim or Install.wim. So you need different method of deploying named OS. Above mentioned method of deployment is usable only on Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 / 2008 R2.

 

I suggest that you read MS Press book MCTS 70-680 Rapid Review Configuring Windows 7 ... Only for grasping basic concepts of Windows deployment and installation .... Also you can search MS TechNet Site for additional information for start ...

 

Firs of all you need to capture installed Windows XP with ImageX then you can deploy it trough WDS ... here is a good post how to do it:

 

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