Windows fails to start after installation via WDS
Posted on 2009-04-17
My RIS server recently started having problems so I'm trying to move away from RIS towards WDS (I'm a procrastinator). I setup WDS in mixed mode on a Win2k SP2 server and moved my riprep images over to it. The old images work fine from RIS on the new server but I want to get away from the old format and over to .wim files.
So far so good.
Next I started fiddling with WDS. I setup a capture image, syspreped a base windows XP installation, pxe booted to the capture image and went through the capture process. Uploaded the image to a new image group. Next I setup a deployment image, PXE booted another PC (identical hardware as the reference PC) into the deployment image, chose my install image from the list and it goes through the process of installing windows.
My problem is after the reboot. Minisetup never starts. I've gone through the entire process several times now and I either get 1 of two error messages at bootup. At first I was getting
Windows Failed to Start
selected entry could not be loaded because the application is missing or corrupt
I tried formatting the disk by choosing and now I'm getting this gem
Windows could not start because of a computer disk hardware configuration problem. Could not read from the selected boot disk. Check boot path and disk hardware.
My images are XP but the boot.wim I used to create the boot images (capture and deploy) came from a Vista dvd. I also tried using boot.wim from the waik.
Anyone have any ideas what I'm missing here?