WDS Windows Deployment Services - 2008

Hi,


I have installed wds on server 2008 and upload an od image under "install images", i created a boot.wim using WAIK and have uploaded the boot.wim to the boot images section in WDS.

When I attempt to boot from the client machine using PXE, i get a list of 2 boot images, i select one one then am brought into the command prompt in winpe environment;


x:\windows\system32>wpeinit

x:\Windows\system32>



I am stuck here, can someone help??
frsupportAsked:
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conradjonesCommented:
that is the correct behaviour for a boot image created with the WAIK.

what what happens when you select the second image from the PXE menu?
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frsupportAuthor Commented:
nothing, i think i may have deleted the second image
what do i need to do to set the boot image to automatically see the available install images?
Do i need to create the boot image again using another tool?
 
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merowingerCommented:
Check out Step1 here to create a WinPE image which can be added to WDS:
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc709665(WS.10).aspx
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frsupportAuthor Commented:
ive just followed those steps and it is the exact same result, sitting at command prompt
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merowingerCommented:
is you windows 7 install image correct? Could you add the install.wim from the orginial dvd so see what happens?
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frsupportAuthor Commented:
when i try to do that it gives me "not a valid install image"
 
is there anywhere I can download a wds ready x64 boot image that will see available install images on wds server?
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merowingerCommented:
Is your already added install image stored in the REMINST\Images share of the wds server? Also are there available all boot files in REMINST\Boot?
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frsupportAuthor Commented:
Where is reminst located? And what boot files should I check for? This is my first time using wds, I managed to create an image and want to get to the stage where I can see the image from the client pc and select it, thus deploying it
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conradjonesCommented:
Isn't it RemoteInstall rather than RemInst?
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frsupportAuthor Commented:

I can see the following shares and images in both folders
\\ralonuk0001\REMINST\Images
 
\\ralonuk0001\REMINST\Boot\x64\Images
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merowingerCommented:
You need also a x86 boot image on the wds server
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frsupportAuthor Commented:
\\ralonuk0001\REMINST\Boot\x86\Images
 
 
yes i also have a boot image in x86 directory
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frsupportAuthor Commented:
used the boot.wim from windows 7 pro dvd and seems
 
 
i took the boot.wim fro both 32bit win 7 pro and x64 win 7 pro
 
 
Working ok now!
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frsupportAuthor Commented:
its pretty slow at "copying windows files"
 
under multi cast transmissions, i'm getting transfer rate of 823Kbps, and after 20 mins staus is only 13%
 
 
am i doing something wrong???
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James HaywoodCommented:
what is your network speed? Multicast is usually slower due to fact the packets are only sent once and going slower makes the deployment more successful.
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frsupportAuthor Commented:
1GB
 
 
Is there another option, to turn off multicast???
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James HaywoodCommented:
You have to specifically use multicast. If you are only selecting an image from a single machine then your not using multicast.

Over gigabit i'd expect a vanilla Windows 7 installation to take about 30 mins. Are you carrying this out on a separate LAN or is there other traffic flowing?
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