I am trying to use WDS to roll out an image to a large number of identical machines. I have followed the step by step guide found here to setup WDS:
I have booted up a client vista 64 machine and configured the network boot priority in the bios. The client gets an IP / establishes TFTP connection and then I pressed F12 to trigger the boot from WDS. The computer has a white loading bar and the WDS server IP at the bottom of the screen which completes to 100%. The Windows Vista rotating green bar on black background is then shown followed by the vista background with a message saying Please Wait. I then get the following error message:
WDS Client: an error occurred while obtaining an IP address from the DHCP Server. Please check to ensure there is an operational DHCP server on this network segment.
I press shift + F10 to load a command prompt and type IP config /ALL which shows no network adapters.
I edited the boot.wim file by mounting the file and using peimg to import the LAN card RIS64\Vista\LAN\driver.inf
file for the PC's (Asus P6T-SE Motherboards/Realtek Network Cards). I then unmounted as per these instructions:
When i boot the PC up now it does exactly the same as before. Once in command prompt on the PC again I go to ipconfig and still nothing is shown. I check the folder: x:windows\system32\drivest
and i can see all the drivers in there fine. I try to run drvload driver.inf and it fails to load. I try WPEutil initializenetwork which responds succesful but again nothing happens, no IP, no NIC showing up in IPConfig etc.
Does anyone have any ideas where I am going wrong as ive spent ages on this now.