Windows Server 2012 - Windows Deployment Services
Deploying Windows 8
Part 1: Install and Configure WDS
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You want to deploy the Windows 8 Client Operating System, to a number of clients using WDS. In this part we will configure the WDS
Server, then we will move onto taking an image of your reference
Windows 8 machine. Finally we will cover taking that image, and
deploying it out to many target systems.
Add the WDS Role
1. From Server Manager (ServerManager.exe) > Local Server.
2. Manage > Add Roles and Features.
6. Select 'Windows Deployment services' > Next > It will ask to install some other features let it do so.
9. Accept the default (both roles) > Next.
Configure the WDS Server
11. From the Start menu > Launch the Windows Deployment Services management console.
12. Expand servers > Right click the server name > Configure Server.
13. Read the prerequisites > Next.
15. Select the location where you want to store your images and keep the WDS files.
16. Note: In this case it's warning me NOT to use the C:\ drive, as this is just a test server I will accept the warning and leave it as it is. In production environments make sure you are using a different drive/volume.
17. This particular server IS a DHCP server, but we will address the DHCP requirements when we are finished > Next.
18. I'm going to choose 'Respond to all (known and unknown)' > Next.
19. WDS should configure and the service SHOULD start.
20. Here we can see the service has not started (the server will have a small stop symbol on it).
21. So I need to manually start the service.
Adding Image Groups and Images
22. Firstly I'm going to create an group that will hold all my
Windows 8 Client machine images. Right click Install Images > Add
23. Give it a name > OK.
Adding a boot image (To send an image to a remote machine)
24. Now I need to add a boot image, so I can boot my remote
clients form the WDS server and use this image to load WindowsPE on
them, so they can be imaged. Right click Boot Images > Add Boot
25. You can use either a Windows 8 DVD or a Windows Server 2012 DVD, you will need to navigate to the sources directory, and locate Boot.wim > Open.
27. Rename the image 'Capture an Image' > Enter a description > Next.
29. The Image will be imported.
Adding a Capture Image (To take an image from a remote machine)
31. Right click the image we have just added > Create Capture Image.
32. Call this one 'Capture an Image' > Give it a description
> Save the image (with a .wim extension). Note: It does not matter
where you save the image, but I would suggest somewhere in the 'Remote
Install' folder > Next.
33. The image will be created.
35. Now even through we have created the capture image, we still need to import it. Right click > Add Boot Image.
36. Select the capture image you created earlier > Next.
37. Make sure it's called 'Capture and Image' > Next.
39. Now the capture image will be imported into WDS.
Configure DHCP with WDS Options
41. Launch the DHCP management console.
42. Open the active scope > IPv4 > Server Options > Configure Options.
43. Tick Option 66 > Set its value to the IP address of the WDS server > Apply > OK.
44. Tick Option 67 > Set its value to;
45. Now you are ready to capture an image of your reference Windows 8 machine.
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