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WDS: Cannot add captured image as boot image

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Good day all,

I have installed WDS 2012 and successfully captured an image from a win7 pc. Now my question is how to push this image to all my network computers through wds?

When I pxe boot form a pc I can only choose from 'boot' images. Now my captured image can only be added as an 'install' image not 'boot' so I'm baffled.

What am I doing wrong?

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The boot image is used to start the computer into the Windows installation environment.
The install image is what you actually install on the computer.

So PXE boot the PC and select your boot image.
Once you've booted into the install environment (Windows PE as it's called) you will get the choice to select the install image (after you've entered username and password to log into the WDS server).

Did you run Sysprep on the computer that you took the capture from?
Doing this wipes system specific information such as the computer name and the SID.
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Might be high jacking my own question now. I proceeded after having understood how it works but once I booted to my boot image I got error ‘wdsclient: An error occurred while starting networking’. I injected the network driver for the specific hardware pc to the boot image and it worked.
Once I tried another type of hardware pc I got the error again. Now my question is, can I inject the different network driver to the same boot image and each time it will know which one to push out or do I have to create different boot images for each specific hardware pc with different network drivers each?

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You can add multiple network drivers into the boot image.
They will all be downloaded to the PC as part of the boot image and the most appropriate one will be used by Windows PE.
So if you were to collect the network drivers for each of the different NICs across your hardware base and add them all to your boot image you should then be able to boot on any hardware.
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