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Installing Windows Deployment Services

While we will use the Microsoft Deployment Toolset (MDT) 2012 for our actually server deployments we are going to leverage the power WDS provides us to PXE boot (boot from the network) with a winPE image. You could argue this is not necessary if you are running all virtual machines but I want a solution as flexible as can be.

Install WDS

Add Server roles

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Select the windows deployment Services 

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Read through the introduction if you feel like it…

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Make sure the transport & deployment components 

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Confirm everything by clicking install 

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Installation should be swift and error free

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Once the installation succeeds you will be presented with a nice report, most likely detailing that you do not have windows updating enabled. No worries, I'll get to that later on!

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