Thursday, February 23, 2012

WDS: Gotchas

There are some gotchas when setting up WDS.

http://forrestcarver.blogspot.com/2010/04/windows-server-2008-dhcp-ad-and-wds.html

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.

http://reboot.pro/1656/page__st__5

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}---

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

http://www.deployvista.com/Blog/JohanArwidmark/tabid/78/EntryID/27/language/en-US/Default.aspx

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.

http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-GB/winserversetup/thread/ce4ff156-863e-4734-a13f-86f8f9a00c9f