Converting a VHD/VHDX to a Wim File

Converting a VHD/VHDX to a Wim File

While getting ready for an event that will be staged completely with WDS, I ran into issues capturing a VHD file to a WIM file using WDS.  My guess is that the old Mac Mini I’m using is not keeping up so I needed a way to get that VHD to convert to a WIM […]

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Booting in WDS Capture Disk and No IP Address

Booting in WDS Capture Disk and No IP Address

I was trying to deploy an image to a server I had never used using Windows Deployment Services (WDS) and faced a big problem: the machine would not acquire an IP address and could not contact the WDS server. I got a message about “WDS server could not be contacted”, which was kind of weird […]

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An Answer to Pre-staging Hell: Add Machines Directly from PXE Boot

An Answer to Pre-staging Hell: Add Machines Directly from PXE Boot

When you are working with Windows Deployment Services, you can have specific images restored on specific images on your infrastructure. In order to do this, I thought you needed to have the machines pre-staged on the Active Directory.

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Go Away, F12! (or how to disable F12 at bootime to boot into WinPE)

Go Away, F12! (or how to disable F12 at bootime to boot into WinPE)

While looking for a way to fully automate the installation of wim image file to a server, we immediately stumbled upon a small problem.   When doing a PXE boot, the boot rom imaged asked for the F12 key to be pressed.  If the key was not pressed, the machine booted normally into Windows.

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