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Convert my RIS environ to WDS

I'm the sole It person for my firm, we have a pre-existing RIS environment.  I've purchased some new machines and none of our RIS images will work for these machines.  I want to move to a WDS environment for a few reasons; the biggest being ease of use.  I've installed the update, added a boot image, and created a capture image for my XP machine.  When I follow the instructions located here:
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc766320%28WS.10%29.aspx#BKMK_CreatingImagesUsingWDS
I can't see the capture image with a network boot.
I know I may be missing some information here, so I'll be happy to provide any info needed.  I just want to get our system updated to use WDS and eventually deploy windows 7.

Server : Win Serv 2003 STD SP 2
OS to Deploy: Windows XP SP3
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CitySecCommented:
So are you able to PXE boot just fine and into the Windows Deployment Service image selection screen?  Also, have you imported a boot image into the Windows Deployment Services console into the Boot Images folder?  Then you have to Right-click on it and select Create Capture Boot Image.

How far have you gotten in the process?  Where did you retrieve the boot image from?
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Snyper82Author Commented:
I have added the boot.wim, right clicked > created capture image, added the image
I can PXE boot, but all I have are my RIS options, the old legacy images.  Neither the default boot image or the capture image are visible.
The boot image came from a Vista CD.
I've ran the sysprep on the XP machine and rebooted, F12 into net boot
I'm sitting at the point where I should see my capture image to create an install image from this machine.
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CitySecCommented:
What server mode are you running in:  Legacy, Mixed or Native?
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Snyper82Author Commented:
Native
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CitySecCommented:
Did you configure RIS or install WDS over an existing RIS installation?  If so, it appears as though that might be a problem.  You should:

1.  Uninstall RIS
2.  Remove your RIS images from the server
3.  Reinstall RIS but DO NOT configure
4.  Install WDS

This is because you are using WDS in Native Mode.

I quote from:  http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc766320(WS.10).aspx#BKMK_ConfiguringWDS

"With Native mode, you use Windows Deployment Services to deploy only .wim images. To configure your server in Native mode, install and configure Windows Deployment Services on a server that has RIS installed but not configured (that is, there are no RIS images on the server). For instructions, see Steps for configuring Windows Deployment Services. If you already configured RIS, then you will need to uninstall RIS and reinstall it before installing Windows Deployment Services."
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Snyper82Author Commented:
yikes, I'm not sure I want to loose the RIS images I have for the other machines.  

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CitySecCommented:
You can convert them to .wim images but I think the WDS server needs to be in Mixed Mode in order for the option to Convert an image is available from the WDS Console > [Server] > Legacy Images > Rt-Click > Convert to WIM.

Otherwise, you'd have to re-capture them which you can't do without an already up and running WDS environment.

But, ultimately, I think you have chosen the wrong server mode if you want to continue to use your RIS images.  You should have chosen/should choose Mixed mode.
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Snyper82Author Commented:
In reality I didn't upgrade the WDS, all but what I've done today was in place when I started here.  I'm going to copy the RIS images and re-install WDS in mixed.
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Snyper82Author Commented:
I've reinstalled WDS, now I've lost my unattended file.  The install is asking me for a cd key, username and so fourth.  We are AD with a volume XP license.
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CitySecCommented:
You can use the Setup Manager tool to create a new sysprep.inf file for an unattended installation.

Creating an Answer File with Setup Manager:
http://bit.ly/6J0Bah
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Snyper82Author Commented:
Thank you so much for your help.  I have another question though, how would you specify a machine name that changes?  for example:
PC-002, PC-003, PC-004 and so on; where the "PC-" is static and the numbers are not.
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CitySecCommented:
1.  In the WDS Console Right-Click on the ServerName node and select Properties.
2.  Then in the Directory Services tab configure the "New client naming policy" as shown in the image.

Here's a link to the valid system variables that this field will accept:
Set the Computer Naming Policy:
http://bit.ly/7eJYbf

Hope this helps.
WDS-ClientNamingPolicy.png
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Snyper82Author Commented:
Thank you for your help, this was a lot easier than I thought
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