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I actually discovered the book you recommended (Deployment Fundamentals, Vol. 1: Migrating to Windows 7 using MDT 2010 Lite Touch and WDS) and am slowly getting smarter from it, however since my arrangement is one device each at 300 sites and our company does not use DHCP what is the best way to build a bare metal deployment. I didn't see that scenario other than using PXE. Likewise we don't allow IP helper on our routers. And since PXE requires DHCP...well I hope you see my concern. Really trying to avoid making a DVD image again if possible. Open to anything y'all can suggest.

We CAN multicast the image out via Satellite to reside on another server, but again how does a bare metal system get built from that?
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by:Cliff Galiher
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Without PXE, the computer has to find the WDS server somehow. That does mean creating an image of some sort from bootable media (DVD, USB, etc.)

The good news is that it doesn't have to be your OS image. That will still be pulled from WDS (although doing so via satellite sounds downright painful!)  The image that will be put to your bootable media is just a boot image (much like boot.wim on a standard OS installation DVD) that boots Windows PE with a customized setup.exe that tells WinPE where the WDS server lives.

If you followed the MDT 2010 guidance (I have never read the book you mentioned, but the official guidance covers this scenario) then there are boot images created automatically in the .iso format and are saved in a directory on the MDT workbench computer for you to browse and eventually write to media. You can use standard tools to burn the ISO to DVD or write them to a USB stick for booting. These are *extremely* similar to "discover images" that WDS itself uses, but has a little extra MDT magic sauce thrown in as well.

Hope that helps,

-Cliff
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The multicast via satellite would recreate the boot and/or OS image on another system sharing the same LAN. At that point it would be equivelant to a network install and should be relativally quick. This device I am trying to boot is hanging on a Cisco switch. What about setting up IP Helper on that switch only for that switch port? Then somehow have it redirected to where the image I multicast resides? I really want to stay away from using a DVD or USB.

Another way would be to set up all 300 workstations and pre-build them the necessary unique info with a minimal boot pointing towards the server, but I was trying to get away from doing that also.
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Neither is reasonably possible within the confines of WDS/MDT.
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Ok! That helps somewhat. Are there other deployment methods that could work with my suggestions?
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I've requested that this question be deleted for the following reason:

The question has either no comments or not enough useful information to be called an "answer".
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Would it be prudent to suggest the OP close the question and add their final notes before just deleting it? At least give an opportunity for the question to be of value?
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As stated..."Another way would be to set up all 300 workstations and pre-build them (locally) with the necessary unique info and a minimal boot pointing towards a server. Our WAN cannot handle 3.5 Gbyte downloads across 300 sites without interfering with other function requiring WAN access so I'll use a multicast to pre-store the OS and application reference locally on another working server. Once that is installed it will then auto-connect to the domain and be adjusted via the group policy to the final product. So I am answering myself. I am sorry if I caused any disagreements in this long idle time for this question.
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No one else was answering the question so time has passed and I have been mulling over this while waiting for an answer. I believe it will work. I can provide feedback if it does.
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