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Has anyone ever successfully implemented Windows Deployment Services (WDS) and if so, was it a better deal than installing individually, considering that u have to set-up the network first?. Is WDS feasible for deploying 20 Machines?. Are there any better and easy alternatives to WDS?

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I've not tried this with multiple machines myself but i did try the following so i wasn't reliant on having a windows server machine running but from linux or windows xp

http://www.lockstockmods.net/2008/04/25/install-windows-over-network-with-pxe/

http://www.ultimatedeployment.org/win7pxelinux1.html

once you get above more than a few machines, deployment tools are many times more than worth the initial investment of time in getting network setup correctly!

i used to manage a fleet of 60 macs and 15 windows machines, deployment tools saved 2-3 hours per machine on the mac side and 4-5 hours per machine on the windows side!
by Expert (19.6k points)
ok, i went ahead with the WDS, i can now boot my machines using PXE, but i've encountered a driver problem,..Windows 7 does not have the driver for the network card of the machine's i'm try to install..
by Guru (57.6k points)
then you need to get the driver from manufacturer of the NIC and slipstream it into the install media, something like this might help:

http://www.msfn.org/board/topic/145662-integrating-drivers-into-wds-bootwim/
http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/winserversetup/thread/6cc42999-5558-4f80-b8dc-d8bf4ee284d2/
by Expert (19.6k points)
followed your links and a billion other links from google, and they all lead me to one place :-(....."WAIK" i.e Windows Auntomated Installation Kit....its a pre-requisite for ediditing the *wim images,...the sad part is that its file size is 1.66GB, which is a pipe-dream with my connection during the day,..i'll  have to download overnight n conitnue tomorrow...
by Expert (19.6k points)
Tried installing on 4 older machines at the same time, and i must say,..its way more efficient, and actually faster than using CDs... :-)
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