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Hi All,

Im using Server 2008 R2 with WDS configured.
I have been using this guide here to install windows XP for deployment. I have configured the image through the workbench, and im now trying to test but i cannot get my clients to network boot.

I  only have WDS configured on the server. So i am unsure what i meant to configure to use my existing DHCP server.

Any help appreciated.
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by:Krzysztof Pytko
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If your WDS role is installed on a server where DHCP is not set up then you don't have to do anything else. Please check these MS article for WDS at
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc771670%28WS.10%29.aspx
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc766320%28WS.10%29.aspx

In case that WDS role is installed on DHCP server thenyou need to add some new options to the scope to get it working together
http://www.windowsitpro.com/article/dhcp2/configuring-dhcp-and-wds

Regards,
Krzysztof
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by:MJB2011
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Well its should be working then....but its not.

I have read and completed prerequisites.
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by:Krzysztof Pytko
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OK, do you see any MAC requests on your WDS server? Is your WDS server in the same subnet as client which is installed? Have you verified BIOS boot settings that Network Card is set up as the first boot media?

Can you provide some more details about your WDS and network configuration, please?

Krzysztof
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Underneath the advanced tab of the properties of my WDS server do i need to check the "Authorize this Windows Deployment Services server in DHCP?"
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Can you tell me where to look for these MAC addresses on the WDS server?

DHCP is on a separate server.

My newly built 2008 server has only the WDS role installed.

I have not changed any of the default settings under the properties of the server for DHCP etc...

My client is set to boot from Network by default and fails to find any services (times out).


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by:Krzysztof Pytko
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OK, I understand that you have one boot image on your WDS server and at least one XP image? You need to have boot image on your WDS server to allow client start booting into WDS server. Copy boot.wim from Win7/2008 x32 to your WDS server and yes, make sure that this checkbox is ticked.

I found some good articel in the Internet which should help you with that at
http://allcomputers.us/windows_server/windows-server-2008-r2---installing-windows-deployment-services-%28part-3%29.aspx

Krzysztof
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Ok i have tried to tick the box to authorise the WDS server in DHCP but i get a access denied error?
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by:Krzysztof Pytko
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Do you have appropriate rights on that machine? Are you logged on as Domain Administrator?

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Yes im a domain adminstrator
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Krzysztof Pytko earned 2000 total points
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So, it looks like everything should be OK. Have you tried to run MMC console from context menu -> Run as Administrator?

If so, I don't know, what could go wrong. Please uninstall WDS role from server, reboot it and follow this article step-by-step. It's really goos, step-by-step
http://blog.augustoalvarez.com.ar/2010/04/20/deploying-windows-7-using-windows-deployment-services-wds-step-by-step-part-i/

You should succeed.

Krzysztof
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by:MJB2011
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Do i have to be a Enterprise admin in order to authorise a server for DHCP?
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by:Krzysztof Pytko
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Yes, if you wish to authorize DHCP server in Active Directory, you need to be a member of one of those 2 groups:

- Enterprise Administrators
- DHCP Administrators

then you would be able to authorize DHCP server in AD

Krzysztof
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Im sure what to do here.

Within the properties of my WDS server do i need to enable the "authorise the WDS server in DHCP" ????

If so if domain admin not enough?
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by:Krzysztof Pytko
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In case that you see an error that "Access is denied" it suggest that Domain Admin account is not enough. It looks like WDS authorization in DHCP requires the same credentials as DHCP authorization in AD. So, check it first adding your account into DHCP Administrators group and re-logon. After that try to activate this feature.

If succeed, you would be know that it was required, if not, then something else is preventing you from running WDS

Krzysztof
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