Windows 7 deployment at branch offices using PxE boot, Local Shares?
Posted on 2014-10-28
We have a DC running server 2008 and another server running 2012 with WDS on it for Windows 7 deployment. Both are at our Head Office location. We have 5 branch offices each on their own subnets. There are no servers at these branch offices, only local shares. At this time, it is not feasible to change this set-up.
We would like to PxE boot the machines at the branch offices using the WDS server at head office but instead of pulling the image files over the network from the server at Head Office, pull them from the local share at branch. Is this possible with our set-up as is?
If this is possible, do you see any downside to this deployment strategy?
In my estimation, pulling the image files over the WAN connection would take too long and consume too much bandwidth than we would like...
I am still learning about WDS and so if I have missed any details I apologise. Thanks in advance,