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Issue PXE Booting WinPE x64 with MDT2010 for a VMware VM

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Problem:

When attempting to PXE boot using a Windows PE x64 image, the actual .wim is downloaded from the PXE service point/distribution point as shown by the progress bar. After 100% completion the screen goes black, Windows PE is not loaded and the VM turns off.

 

Details:

I am using an MDT Task Sequence for deploying the Windows Server 2008 Operating System Install package. I simply copied it and changed the boot image on the Task Sequence instead of creating a new Task Sequence from scratch (not sure if this makes a difference or not). I was able to boot into it by using the Create a Task Sequence wizard (non MDT) but the sequence stalled before doing anything and rebooted.

 

The drivers for VMware have been imported into the boot image as well.

 

Environment:

SCCM 2007 SP2 R2 running on Windows Server 2003 SP2

Target VM: 2GB of RAM, 40GB harddrive

 

Any assistance would be great.

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is the boot image definetly an SP2 boot image ? did you also try with the x86 one ?

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Thanks for your reply. I've been out of the country so I apologize for not replying to this sooner.

 

When attempting to use the x86 boot image we get the following error message as shown:

 

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Not sure how to "confirm" if the image is an SP2 image but as stated in my Environment notes in the original post, I am running SCCM 2007 SP2 R2.

 

Thanks again for your help.

 

P.S. It's not really a big deal if this doesn't work in a virtual environment as we use VM templates in VMware to deploy new virtual servers. But, I'd like to get PXE working in the virtual environment before I begin testing in production.

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