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Hi there,
Trying to boot my clients to WDS environment.  On the client I get to the point:
Downloaded WDSNBP.......
Architecture: x64
contacting server : 10.10.10:96
TFTP download: Boot\x64\preboot.com
Press F12 for network boot services
PXE-M0F
and then the system boots into its own installed OS.
On the WDS server I have under 'Install Images' images for windows 7 and server 2008 x32
and under 'Boot images' I have 2 files, one for windows7 and one for server 2008.' on WDS server DHCP options for 60 is selected and 67 is selected for not listening to ports.
Windows logs do not say anything.
Help  plz!
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What other messages do you get after pressing F12? There should be something after PXE-M0F.
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hhaywood:
After PXE-MoF the client simply boots into its own OS.  There is something I am missing.  Where to find more logs for only WDS?
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I'm not being funny but you are definately pressing F12 when asked?  It looks like the server isn't responding to the key stroke
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hhaywood000:
The only time I press F12 is to select it to boot from LAN card, then I can see it getting the IP from my WDS DHCP, then TFTP downloads WDS file, then it ask for pressing F12 for network services boot (which I do or not do it goes to), then PXE-MoF...........and then it boots to its own OS.
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hhaywood000:
I saw in my dhcp it was showing some error messages as it was getting low in Issuance of IP addresses.  I cleared some addresses and I was able to boot the system into the wds console.  Right where windows start (after booting from the WDS) is says 'WDS client error cannot obtain IP from the DHCP server..............'  Any ideas?
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By WDS console do you mean the list of boot images? If so then it sounds like you are picking up an IP.

The client should load boot.wim into memory at this point, are you seeing this? (black screen with white progress bar)
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hhaywood00:
The background where the wdsclient error pops is grey.  Error is:
'wdsclient error occured.  Make sure there is an operational dhcp server on the network..............'
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http://henrikmp.dk/post/WDS-Client-DHCP-error.aspx
This is the exact message I am getting.  I tried putting in the reservatoin for this NIC, no luck.
The under mentioned article asks for enabling port fast on the switch.  I have cisco 2960.  Do you have any suggestions on how to enable port fast.  I can enable on 2 ports one for the wds server and one for the client just to see if things work?
http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/itprovistadeployment/thread/fd6f8967-7686-4961-a868-dc4b206fe268/
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Are all your clients the same model? if so do they all exhibit the same behaviour? i know some nics will not pxe boot no matter what the documentation and bios says (looking at you Fujitsu!). Try and create a discover image and boot from usb/cd, this should help point towards a server or client error.
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hhaywood:
Correct all my clients same model/make  A70Z IBM all in one.  Ok I will try to boot from cd and let you know.
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Also - do you have another model of client you can test with?
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hhaywood:
I just tried one of my x60 laptops, Same Wdsclient error.  I am just assuming that I have to activate port fast?
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hhay:
I enabled the 'portfast on cisco 2960' on that specifig port on which I am connecting the client machine...walla........it worked!
Now the question should I have to enable portfast to do WDS? as the warning from cisco switch mentions that:
%Warning: portfast should only be enabled on ports connected to a single
 host. Connecting hubs, concentrators, switches, bridges, etc... to this
 interface  when portfast is enabled, can cause temporary bridging loops.
 Use with CAUTION
Is it good to have port fast on all ports connected to clients?
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hayy:
Also I have tried to cennect via capture image cd on the client, the cd runs fine till I see command prompt with the path x:\windows\system32>  any suggestions on why the capture image cd is doing this or this is the right way of doing capture image?
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Did the client boot directly over the network or using the Discover image?

You need to boot to the capture image on the WDS server or use imagex to capture the image manually. If you need more info on imagex I can dig some out.

I'm not a cisco guy so I can't give an answer regarding the portfast issue but I know someone I can ask.

You're on the way at least! :)
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hhaywood:
I really appreciate your help.  Yes please if you could suggest something on imageX also please ask for portfast.
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Imagex is part of the AIK tools for Vista/7 Deployment, full Microsoft details here http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ee461266(WS.10).aspx

According to my Cisco friend, enabling portfast is fine and problems can only be caused if it is enabled on trunked ports.

Have you now managed to boot directly to the WDS server and load an image or did you use the discover image?
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hhaywood000:
I am able to boot.  I am playing around with the system image manager, its a nice tool to create answer file.  Do you know what is the path under system image manager where I can set for:
Language, username, timezone, Activation etc?
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