heyjim

Can't get WDS to see Unattend XML

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Hi all,

I have a problem with WDS on Server 2012 where it doesn't seem to see the XML file when deploying an image.

A bit of background:

  • Windows 7 x64 with my applications installed
  • Capture the image with WDS with a x64 boot.wim
  • Created an answer file with Windows System Image Manager just for the PE section (not bothered about Windows setup at the moment)
  • Added the XML to the server properties in WDS under x64

All I want the XML to do is set the language, create the partitions as I've selected, told it where the image.wim and added the credentials.

But whenever I PXE boot into WDS, it brings up the menus as if it's ignoring the XML.

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Does anyone have any ideas?

Thanks!

WDSClientUnattend.xml

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When you get to the first page, open a CMD and then notepad and look at the wpeinit log file that is on the ramdrive. It will show whether or not it picked up the answer file.

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When you get to the first page, open a CMD and then notepad and look at the wpeinit log file that is on the ramdrive. It will show whether or not it picked up the answer file.

Thanks - Do you know what directory that log file is in?

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X:\windows\system32\wpeinit.log

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X:\windows\system32\wpeinit.log

There doesn't seem to be a wpeinit.log, only a wpeinit.exe - any ideas?

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Use notepad to search for any log files created at the time of boot. It may also use setupact.log instead.

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I ended up (by accident) rebooting the WDS server and it started working for some reason :blink:

Thanks for your help anyway!

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