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I'm running RIS on a Windows 2003 Server and I'm using Remote Installation Preparation Wizard (RIPrep.exe)   on a Windows Vista (Business) machine to create a distribution image.
RIPrep.exe runs fine but after selecting the RIS server, i get a pop up that says:

"The RIS server to which you are attempting to post this installation does not
contain the correct CD-based image. The version of the CD-based image on the
server must match the version of the system you are attempting to image
[Version 6.0 Build 6000, Language English]. Please either select a different RIS
server to post this installation to or add the corresponding CD-based image to the
current RIS server."

Can someone interpret this? Do I need to install the Vista image into the image directory of the RIS server or do I need to run RIS on a Windows 2007 server?.

I'd prefer using the existing Windows 2003 RIS server.

Thanks,

John  88{Q
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u need to install the windows server 2003 service pack 2 which includes the windows deplyoment services (the new RIS) to deploy vista!
Look here for further information
http://technet2.microsoft.com/WindowsVista/en/library/9e197135-6711-4c20-bfad-fc80fc2151301033.mspx?mfr=true
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I installed SP2 on the server that is (was) running RIS. I then ran the WDSUTIL utility to initializew the WDS server.

This is a little bit confusing. I just recently set up a RIS server and successfully built and deployed Windows XP Pro. I did this by manually installing and customizing a system with applications and modifying the Default User account.

Once that was completed, I ran RIPrep.exe on the client machine from the RIS server to copy the client environment into the RIS server's Image repository. Then I was able to deploy that image by means of PXE booting the client from the RIS server and selecting the image I created.

With Windows Deployment Service (which I believe I need in order to deploy Vista images), the process is alot different. Am I missing something? Is the process indeed different or am I just making it to hard on myself?

I can no longer use RIPrep to create vista images? It appears I need to throw the knowledge I gained learning the RIS process and relearn Windows OS deployment with WDS?

I installed SP2 on the server that is (was) running RIS. I then ran the WDSUTIL utility to initializew the WDS server.
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Thanks for pointing me in the right direction. I found another like that was pretty helpful.

http://apcmag.com/4845/upgrade_to_windows_deployment_services
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