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how can I deploy Windows Vista Sp1 via WDS in Windows Server 2008

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This guide assumes that you have first configured and installed WDS in Windows Server 2008 as outlined here.


you'll also need a copy of the Windows Vista SP1 ISO (or DVD) from MSDN

, do not use a slipstreamed DVD/ISO as results may not be what you expect here.


for details of the MSDN downloads available see here


6001.18000.080118-1840_x86fre_Client_de-de-FRMCFRE_DE_DVD.iso 2,927.88 MB

6001.18000.080118-1840_amd64fre_Client_en-us-FRMCXFRE_EN_DVD.iso 3,748.59

6001.18000.080118-1840_amd64fre_Client_de-de-FRMCXFRE_DE_DVD.iso 3,704.87

6001.18000.080118-1840_x86fre_Client_en-us-FRMCFRE_EN_DVD.iso 2,943.18 MB

6001.18000.080118-1840_x86fre_client_ja-jp-frmcfre_ja_dvd.iso 2,802.59 MB


for this article I'm using the following ISO 6001.18000.080118-1840_x86fre_Client_en-us-FRMCFRE_EN_DVD.iso and mounting it via Daemon Tools.


Start Windows Deployment Services mmc and expand Install Images in the left pane, right click on Install Images and choose Add Image Group


When prompted for the name input Windows Vista Service Pack 1


WDS should now look like this




Right click on Windows Vista Service Pack 1 and choose add install image




point it to the sources folder (containing install.wim) on the Vista SP1 DVD (or mounted ISO)




click next and choose which images from the DVD to include (I left it as default - all)




review the summary




and at this point it should copy the files over (takes some time)




eventually they'll be added





and you can see them listed in the WDS gui




now all you need to do is to PXE boot a client computer to the WDS server, press F12 to login, choose keyboard layout, and then when prompted enter your domain user/pass


and then you'll be presented with a list of images youve just added (plus any others that have been added previously such as Windows 2008 server)




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