Windows Server 2008 Licensing Information

As too many students asking me for the licensing information on WIndows Server 2008, I suggest all of you to take a look at the following link first: Sites regarding Windows Server 2008 licensing. For licensing questions, I suggest contacting Microsoft Licensing Center for detailed explanation. For licensing questions, please call 1-800-426-9400 (select option 4), Monday through Friday, 6:00 A.M. to 5:30 P.M. (PST) to speak directly to a Microsoft licensing specialist.   Worldwide customers can use the Guide to Worldwide Microsoft Licensing Sites to find contact information in their locations.

“Respond to all (known and unknown) client computers” setting behaviour

If you select “Respond to all (known and unknown) client computers”, and check the box “For unknown clients, notify administrator and respond after approval”, the result is:   When PXE booting a client, it will wait for you to approve it. Click Pending Devices in the WDS console, right-click the pending devices in the right pane and click Approve. The client computer continues with the network boot operation and a computer account object is created in AD DS to represent the physical device. Press F12 on the client and boot into a boot image. Before loading install images, you will … Continue reading “Respond to all (known and unknown) client computers” setting behaviour

Configuring When DHCP is on the Same Server

Configuring When DHCP is on the Same Server The method of communication between the booting client and the server uses data fields (known as options) in DHCP packets. The Windows Deployment Services solution for booting over the network works well in many configurations. It works well when Windows Deployment Services is located on the same physical computer or on a different physical computer than the DHCP server. However, the default installation is that Windows Deployment Services and a DCHP server (Microsoft or non-Microsoft) are located on different physical computers. In this scenario, no additional configuration steps are required for interoperability … Continue reading Configuring When DHCP is on the Same Server

WDS documentation link:

WDS in Windows Server 2003: WDS 2003 Step by Step Guide – Deploying and Managing the Windows Deployment Services Update on Windows Server 2003 – WDS in Windows Server 2008 You can download this content at, or you can browse it using the following links: WDS 2008 Step by Step Guide –  Deployment content – Technical Reference content – 

Image group in Windows Deployment

An image group is a collection of .wim files that share common file resources and security. Servicing an image within an image group (such as applying a hotfix or a service pack or updating files) requires exclusive access to the entire image group. File resources are shared across the image group (single-instanced) even though the metadata of each image resides in a separate physical .wim file. Image groups contain two file types:   l  Res.rwm. Contains the file streams for images as defined in Install.wim, Install2.wim, and WinXP.wim. Note that each image group has its own Res.rwm file.   l  … Continue reading Image group in Windows Deployment

Problem on installing Windows Server 2008 on Dell Poweredge machine

Just saw a soluton on installation problem when installing WIndows Server 2008 on Dell Poweeedge machine: When you find the installation process stop and display the following error: “windows could not update the computer’s boot configuration”  Try:First, if your Installation and Maintenance DVD isn’t version 5.4, get that ISO and make your new DVD. Second, when you use that disk to prepare your array for Windows 2008, do not install a utility partition! Third, the installation that the disk does left you with a splash screen and it never moved beyond that, so I hit F11 on bootup and chose to boot … Continue reading Problem on installing Windows Server 2008 on Dell Poweredge machine