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PRESTAGE a computer for WDS

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You can use Windows Deployment Services to link physical computers to computer account objects in Active Directory Domain Servers (AD DS). This is called prestaging the client. Prestaged clients are also called known computers.

 

If you have set WDS to only respond to known computers then you'll need to prestage the computers otherwise the PXE boot will fail.

 

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To prestage a computer for WDS deployment you'll need to know the mac address or GUID of it, you can get that info in a variety of ways, the easiest (for one computer) is to simply press the PAUSE button on your client pc when it is PXE booting to the server, you'll see both the MAC address and GUID listed.

 

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If you want to use scripts to get these values then download the following from Microsoft (Sample_RIS_Scripts.zip), this bunch of scripts can collect GUIDs and more...

 

ok, now that we have the GUID lets start Active Directory Users and Computers, click on Computers and right click, choose New, Computer.

 

 

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give the computer a name

 

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click next and make sure to select This is a managed computer

 

Input the GUID or MAC address with no -

 

eg: if the GUID reported in the bios pxe boot screen is

 

 

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the Next button below will remain Greyed out (inactive) until you input the GUID (or mac address) correctly

 

 

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select your Remote Installation server (the WDS server....)

 

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click next and review the summary, click finish and you have now prestaged your computer in Active Directory.

 

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at this point you can PXE boot the client and WDS will treat it as a 'known' computer and you can deploy as per normal.

 

more info about prestaging with WDS from Microsoft here >

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