Thursday, February 23, 2012

WDS: Gotchas

There are some gotchas when setting up WDS.

Make sure to delete all the BCD files in RemoteInstall\tmp if you make a change to the BCD files. WDS seems to like to read the BCDs from there. Then restart the service and it will create new ones.

If using multiple BCDs in the boot manager, the following will prevent the same description from showing up in the menu

- You can avoid the issue altogether by correcting the command from:

---Bcdedit /store %BCD-File% /create {ramdiskoptions} /d "Ramdisk options"---

To the following:

---Bcdedit /store %BCD-File% /create {ramdiskoptions}---

Removing the description allows you to skip deleting the description later.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

WDS - Deleting existing deployed computers

This is a great article describing how to remove deployed PCs from WDS.  My network is slow, there is a delay of 7-10 minutes from the time a computer is added/deleted from AD and the database to the time the change is affected.