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tyraelshammer777

Network Boot - Install with .wim*

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Heya guys. I've been playing with windows PE and I've managed to make some good images of my hard drive partitions using ImageX. I realize that this .wif image could potentially be used to install windows on a bunch of computers at the same time with minimal effort, if I first used sysprep and removed the key and HAL stuff before making the image - I get that part. Anyway, I wanted to learn how to install a .wif image like I have here using a network boot, from a server. I tried googling around and didn't get very far. Does anyone have a good page bookmarked on how to distribute a .wif image from a server to multiple computers over a network using network boot? I'll do the hard work, but I need a good web page or ebook on it if someone has it and doesn't mind. Cheers and thanks!

P.S. I'm all about free information. If someone has a torrent for an ebook off Piratebay or something, I'm all ears - but you might want to PM it. =]

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I realize that this .wif image could potentially be used to install windows on a bunch of computers at the same time with minimal effort

P.S. I'm all about free information. If someone has a torrent for an ebook off Piratebay or something, I'm all ears - but you might want to PM it. =]

What is a WIF file? Do you mean WIM file?

P.S. Forum rules apply to the PM system as well as the public board. :angry:

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Yes I did mean .WIM instead of .wif - sorry about that! Windows Imaging Format, anyways. The acronym is dysfunctional, lol.

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The guides for setting up a PXE for WIM deployment (WDS) vary depending on what the server is. There are guides for Server 2003, 2008 (R2 is the same as RTM) and even Linux. Also, need to know what OS you are capturing images of?

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Let's go with this:

I want to have a blank machine network booting into a Windows Server 2008 R2 machine to install Windows 7 x86 from a .wim image stored on the server.

My school has granted me keys for both 2003 and 2008 server, so I could install either. I might as well be familiar with the most recent server program. My computer is Windows 7 x86 and that's what I've taken images of, so that's the one I would want to play with installing. I could also play with installing a windows XP MCE image if I wanted since I have that as well. I was hoping that installing a .wim image would be independent of which Windows OS it is, though. Maybe I was wrong? Anyway, thanks!

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