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Windows Deployment Service PXE Boot Problems

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I have a new installation of WDS on Server 2012 R2 on a DL380P Gen8.
I have imported Windows 7 x86 and x64 boot and install images.
My DHCP is on another machine Server 2008 R2 on the same subnet.
I have not configured options 60, 66, or 67 on the DHCP
The client machine is a Dell Optiplex 7010 with latest BIOS.
I am getting PXE-53E errors on my clients when I try to PXE boot.
I am setting up DHCP reservations for the client and the DHCP server is showing the lease is active.
The WDS server is reporting the client completed a PXE boot.

The following client booted from PXE:
Hardware Address: F8-B1-56-C5-31-BB
IP: 192.168.0.124
Device ID: {4C4C4544-0034-5610-8030-C3C04F475A31}
ClientArchitecture: 1
Prestaged: true

All 3 machines are plugged into the same Cisco 3560G.
I have tried setting up helper addresses to both the DHCP and WDS servers.
I added the network drivers for the 7010 to the boot image.

I am stuck, Any ideas?
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You need to configure the extra DHCP options so that clients know were to boot from and what boot file to to boot to:
Option 66 = ip address of wds server
Option 67 = boot file name eg. boot\x64\pxeboot.com (64 bit PCs) or boot\x86\pxeboot.com (32 bit pcs).
The options can be set for the entire scope or for specific Reservation addresses.
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Everything I have read says if the WDS and DHCP are on the same subnet this is not needed.
I have tried it and did not solve my problem.
Don't you think since the WDS is reporting a PXE boot that the client is finding the WDS?
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by:Peter Hutchison
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Sometimes, I have found that you may need to use a different boot image for option 67
e.g. boot.wim
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