Deploying 2003R2 using Windows Deployment Services

Hi Guys,

I've deployed WDS on a 2008R2 64bit box, and taken the boot image file from the Vista 32bit DVD and used it to create a capture image for Windows 2003.

I then built a 2003 box and customised as I needed, ran sysprep /reseal /reboot, PXE booted, and selected the image capture. Uploaded the captured file to the WDS server, all OK, and succesfully added the image to the WDS server.

I then PXE booted a identical brand new blade (with the same disk config, and an empty logical drive configured), and selected the "Microsoft Windows Longhorn Setup (x86)" which was created by adding the boot image from the Vista DVD (and the one that I used to create the capture image), and it connects, but then fails straight away with the following error -

"0xc000000f error - The boot selection failed because a required device is inaccessible”

Edited to add-
I should also mention that I'm using BL460G6 blades, with 2 disks mirrored as one logical drive.
I've also just tested this using the standard windows 2008 boot & install images from WDS and get the same error.

Help would be hugely appreciated.
Thank you,
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I'll try to explain this as best I can, so let me know if I confuse you.

When you create the boot image and unmount it you must copy the WIM from the initial WinPE folder to \ISO\Sources folder and rename it to Boot.wim.  You can either rename the original boot.wim to boot.old or overwrite it with your winpe.wim when you rename it.

At this point you create the ISO.

It's not really all that clear in the docs.

undercover69Author Commented:
Hi Netman66

Thanks for taking the time to read and reply, but I've been working on this for days now and resolved much of my original question.

I had to use the server 2008x86 boot.wim, then downloaded the new HP NIC drivers for Windows PE, mounted the 2008x86 boot.wim with imageX, inject the new drivers into the image (using the old version of WAIK, because you need peimg, rather than dism (as supplied on the new WAIK) to work with the 32bit images), dismounted and saved the boot.wim, added the new boot image to the WDS server, and iI can now PXE boot and load images!

Getting the unattend.xml and sysprep.inf to work with it is another matter entirely, and I shall be posting another question regarding that soon :-(


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Thanks for the explaination, I went through 3 blank CD's not realizing that I needed to copy the winpe.wim file into the sources folder. Microsoft should really fix that in the documentation!
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