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WDS Authentication

Posted on 2014-10-27
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I'm currently trying to streamline a build process by removing the need for users to authenticate with our WDS. The role is installed in standalone mode on a Server 2012 R2 machine which is joined to our domain.  

The password prompt pops up in the PE environment. Once authenticated with a domain account you are then presented with the list of available images as expected.

Is there any way to remove the login prompt entirely?

Configuring permissions on the 'REMINST' share allowed me to select who is able to login but adding the 'Everyone' group and removing Authenticated users didn't work.
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Yes, you can use an WDS Unattend file. This automates the GUI prompts in Windows PE.

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc732280%28v=ws.10%29.aspx#ex1
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Thanks Joshua,

Just to go into a little more detail on what I did to resolve this issue encase anyone else is wondering...

I created an Unattend file in WSIM like so:

 wds2.png
The Output:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<unattend xmlns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:unattend">
    <settings pass="windowsPE">
        <component name="Microsoft-Windows-Setup" processorArchitecture="x86" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS" xmlns:wcm="http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance">
            <WindowsDeploymentServices>
                <Login>
                    <Credentials>
                        <Domain>[b]DOMAIN HERE[/b]</Domain>
                        <Password>[b]PASSWORD HERE[/b]</Password>
                        <Username>[b]USERNAMEHERE[/b]</Username>
                    </Credentials>
                </Login>
            </WindowsDeploymentServices>
        </component>
    </settings>
    <cpi:offlineImage cpi:source="wim://blah/e$/oooooosh/asdf.wim#asdf" xmlns:cpi="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:cpi" />
</unattend>

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wds3.png
Then in the WDS console at server level, select properties. Under the client tab select 'Enable unattended installation' and browse to your unattended file for your desired architecture.
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It works?
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