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I was running RIS on a Windows 2003 Enterprise server and since we are gravitating towards Vista (Business) I'm converting it to a Windows Deployment Server to support Vista.

I believe I have WDS configured and running and I'm trying to capture and deploy a Vista image and I'm having problems.

I've fumbled through creating a "capture" boot image and have configured a laptop with Vista Business and want to get that onto the WDS server to use for subsequent installs of Vista Business.

Using the documentation from http://technet2.microsoft.com/WindowsVista/en/library/9e197135-6711-4c20-bfad-fc80fc2151301033.mspx?mfr=true
 I've configured the laptop and ran sysprep. On reboot the laptop connectes to the WDS server and walking through the capture wizard upto the Image Capture Destination.

It asks for Name and Location to save the image, I select the C: partition on the laptop (although I don't really want it saved there, but it only allows you to select a local partition), check the "Upload image to WDS server" box, type in the name of the WDS server (I've tried the hostname, the FQDN, and the IP address of the server) and click "Connect" it sits there for a few minutes and returns a pop up error:

"The network location cannot be reached. For imformation about network troubleshooting, see Windows Help".

That's where I'm stuck. The laptop can obviously connect to the WDS server since it downloads the boot image. What am I missing? How can I solve this problem to continue the process?

Time crunch (as always). Any help would be appreciated.

Thanks,

John  88{Q
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You need to inject the NIC drivers into the WinPE:

This site:

http://datanotes.wordpress.com/2007/11/26/how-to-deploy-xp-using-windows-deployment-services-wds-2/

Leads to this site:

http://apcmag.com/5436/customise_windows_pe_2_0

Which is what you want.

I believe there is a minimal PXE boot image the that gets to the WDS server, however, PE needs its own network drivers.  The 32-bit drivers you use for Windows XP should work in PE.
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Great article on apcmag.com. WDS is more complicated than RIS, albeit more functional.

Thanks for the help!

John  88{Q
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