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Posted on 2016-09-07
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I have been deploying Window 7,8,8.1,2008,2012 with WDS but now when I try to deploy Windows 10 then there is something new going on.
How is best for me to find out how to deploy Windows 10, where to start ?
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by:Cliff Galiher
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Nothing significant has changed.  WDS is really very "dumb* in what it does. It pushes a very basic bootloader via PXE, which in turn loads a boot image (which will need to be win10 based to deploy windows 10), which in turn pulls down the full windows 10 image.

Truthfully, because of the lack of logic in WDS and the royal pain it is to troubleshoot, I *never* recommend using WDS alone. And this isn't new with win10 either. Grab MDT and save yourself a ton of hassle. MDT layers nicely on top of WDS, allows very granular task sequences while keeping a pristine "gold" image (or images), and has detailed logging. If you hit an issue, it is much easier to find out why. Right now...you haven't given us much to go on besides "it won't go" ... (that'd be a ST:TNG reference for those who may not be familiar with the episode already)
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by:soffcec
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Well I have been using WDS for years and it fits very well for me, but i cannot fin .wim file for Windows 10  
on the source disk. When I have Windows 10 up and running I will consider what you are telling me. I don´t have time at this moment because my customers are waiting for me to deploy Windows 10 (my customer are several elementary school) .
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It is somewhat ironic that you will only consider what I'm telling you after getting windows 10 "up and running" but what I'm telling you will actually help you get win10 up and running.  As for the WIM files, they are on all the media I have immediate access to (1507, 1511, and 1607 all, pro and enterprise each) and see them there without issue. You may have gotten a bad download. Again, more information would be helpful in helping you troubleshoot.
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I have downloaded the source disk .ISO 3 times from Microsoft and the only include 295 .cab files.
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I downloaded 1507 and there where all files there.
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Where are you downloading the ISO from? Are you sure you have the right product?  I suppose you could deploy 1507, but with 1607 out, that is officially EOL.  CB is now 1607 and CBB is 1511.
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I am downloading from Microsoft, I have contract.
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So from MSDN? Or from VLSC? (I have access to both so I can still verify that you are getting the right product) What is the specific name of the ISO file and/or the product name you are downloading?  295 cab files definitely screams that you have the wrong ISO.
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VLSC

ISO file = SW_DVD9_NTRL_Win_10_1607_64Bit_English_FOD_X21-06000
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You grabbed the wrong download. That is a "features on demand" ISO and is only used to add features to an existing install when the OS cannot get online to download features directly from Windows Update.  It is clearly labeled "features on demand" in VLSC.
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All is working now
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