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Windows Deployment Services (WDS) Quick Tips

It´s very hard to find a dokumentation for a Vista Deployment with the Windows Deployment Services (WDS) in a domain.

I finished last week a small deployment project and I posted a documentation for this in this blog. Because this is a german blog, the documentation is also in german.

But I want to summerize the importants points in the deployment process:

  • Import BOOT.WIM into WDS Server
    If you implement WDS on a windows 2008 Server, use the BOOT.WIM from the Windows Server 2008 CD
    Because only with this BOOT.WIM it´s possible to use mulitcast
  • Images, Catalog on Windows System Image Manager
    Do not select a Image in the Windows System Manager, because it uses a lot of discspace.
    Before you create the unattended Files, use CREATE CATALOG to build a catalog of an image and use this catalog  to build the unattend Files.
  • If you receive an Error message that the File WIMGAPI.DLL was not found, add the Directory of this DLL (normally C:\Program Files\Windows Imaging) to the Path-Variable and restart the Server (path=%path%+C:\Program Files\Windows Imaging)
  • You can find a sample unattend.xml and a Sample ImageUnattend.Xml File here.

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Windows Vista, Windows, Deployment, Service, WDS, Tips and Tricks

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