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Hi Guys,

I have the following issues.

Created a VMware machine with sufficient specs for Server 2012 R2.  Loaded server 2012 R2, joined it to the domain and installed WDS role.  (DHCP, DNS etc all running on a separate server on the domain.

I then configured my WDS server role server and loaded my default Win7Pro install.wim image under install images.  Then added a default win7 boot.wim image under boot images.  Created a second default win7 boot2.wim image under boot images.  Then proceeded to create a capture image from boot2.wim

Then on a fully configured machine I ran sysprep and shut it down once completed.  Then booted it back up and did a PXE boot.  When boot images appeared I used the capture image I created under boot images.  Select volume to be captured and wait for capturing to complete, automatically uploading the captured .wim image to install images.  Part One done.... successfully captured an image from a preconfigured machine.

Part two:  Installing the captured image on a clean machine.
Enable PXE boot on unconfigured machine and select boot image to boot from.  Client machine complains about network drivers.  Go back to boot images and inject required network drivers into boot2.wim.  On client I again do a PXE boot this time selecting boot2.wim that contains the network drivers.  Now client boots further but again gets an error.  This time different and complaining about not finding the DHCP server.  From here I have followed all the suggestions that are currently on the net but with no luck at all.  I thought that it might have something to do with the fact that it was a virtual machine and then replicated the entire server build on a physical server.  Here I experienced the exact same issues and error.  I then separated the server from my current network and setup my own test domain with AD, DNS DHCP and WDS roles.  My client machines do get ip addresses from my server as tested when plugging in a preinstalled windows machine and by checking the leases in the DHCP console.  But for the life of me no machine I try to deploy an image on can I get to successfully install.  All just complain about DHCP issues but DHCP is definitely working.

Can anyone please assist me in regards to getting this issues sorted out, I have been busy with this for four days with no luck.

Thanks,
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Hi there friend,

Not sure I understand what you are asking.  So what I said was that I know the DHCP server is working as any machine I connect to this isolated network gets an IP and the lease is visible in the DHCP console.  However, when I do a PXE boot for a blank machine and after I have selected which boot image to use it then just stops and complains about not finding a DHCP server.  When I then open a cmd prompt with shift+f10 and do a ipconfig there is nothing.
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I ended up having to install 3rd party LAN drivers directly from Realtek and the issue went away and it successfully booted from my boot image.  However I now have another issue as per my new post.

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Thanks for the assistance.

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