SOLVED: Windows Deployment Services WDS hangs on “Windows is loading files” Status 0xc00000001 “Required Device Isn’t Connected”

If you are seeing your Windows Deployment Services WDS operating system installs stall on the WINDOWS IS LOADING FILES screen and then errors out with: Windows Failed To Start … Status 0xc0000001 Required Device Isn’t Connected or Can’t Be Accessed then have we got a fix for you! To get to the point, it appears that in March 2019 Windows Update Patch KB4489882 and/or KB4489881 tighted up security on the TFTP (Trivial FTP) that WDS…

SOLVED: WdsClient: An Error Occured While Obtaining IP Address

If you are using new (or different) hardware from what you built your Windows image on, you may see:  WdsClient: An Error Occured While Obtaining IP Address From the DHCP Server.  Fortunately, you can ignore most of the other solutions floating around the internet telling you to manually inject the drivers into your image.  Windows Deployment Service (WDS) has a simple mechanism to inject drivers into your image using the WDS GUI. How to Add Drivers to…

SOLVED: How to Add Drivers in WDS Windows Deployment Services

OCT 1 2018 UPDATE: See our 2018 updated version of this article HERE. You could inject drivers directly into your image .WIM files as I have previously explained: Vista: how-to-inject-drivers-into-windows-pe-2-0-in-5-minutes-or-into-a-windows-vista-image Windows 7 & 8 how-to-inject-drivers-into-windows-pe-3-0-wim-in-5-minutes-or-into-a-windows-7-or-2008-r2-image oooorrrrr you can now just add drivers directly to your Windows Deployment (WDS) Server: Open your WDS MMC, expand the server in question and then expand DRIVERS Select ADD DRIVER PACKAGE, Select SELECT ALL DRIVER PACKAGES FROM A FOLDER and browse…

SOLVED: Cannot Install 32 Bit Windows 10 on Hyper V

If you try to install 32 bit Windows on a Hyper V server you may find that it just will not see the installation files.  I tried from: Windows 10 32Bit Enterprise ISO downloaded from Microsoft VLSC Windows 10 32Bit Pro ISO downloaded using the current Windows 10 Media Creation Tool Windows 10 32Bit from a Windows Deployment Server WDS but had no detectable error messages… it just would not load.  I spent about 40…

SOVLED: Next Generation AntiVirus – Signatureless Endpoint Protection Product Evaluation

We are constantly telling our customers that traditional anti-virus programs that rely mostly on ‘signatures’ from previous attacks will no longer keep a company safe.  Attackers are now sophisticated, well funded and often government controlled.  This means they rely less on exploiting known security holes and more on developing those holes. A ‘zero day’ exploit is something that has been developed to take advantage of a security hole but has not been applied to other…

5 Tips of Awesome Visual Content Creation

The world of marketing has seen some incredible changes in the last two decades. Now the use of visual content is essential if you want to stand out from the crowds, and the need to find good places for visual content is huge. One of this place is Depositphotos where you can find appropriate visuals for a reasonable price. It’s important to understand that the world of marketing is evolving in ways that cater to…

SOLVED: Where To Report Phishing or Malicious Web Sites

If you surf to a website that is used for phishing or has malware on it, you should report it.  The question is where to report bad sites? Below is a list of websites you can very easily report bad / phishing / malicious web pages.  They are listed in order of easy of use / value.  Many of these simply ask you to paste in the URL address: Google: safebrowsing.google.com/safebrowsing/report_phish/?hl=en  Norton / Symantec: sitereview.bluecoat.com…

SOLVED: How to Upgrade or Install Windows Server 2016/19 Standard VM on a Windows Server Data Center Host

The short version is that if your host server is running Datacenter you can NOT upgrade an existing Windows Server 2016/2019 STANDARD Virtual Machine to anything but Datacenter.  If you try you will see that Windows Server STANDARD is missing and not an option from the list.  The way it was explained to me is: Datacenter upgrades to Datacenter ONLY.  Windows Server Standard is missing from the upgrade list, by design: There is also no…

SOLVED: Pulse Secure VPN SYSTEM ERROR on Host Checker In Browser

If you see a SYSTEM ERROR popup dialog box when running a Pulse Secure VPN from a Browser you may have a permissions issue that is easy to fix. In my case I went through all of the usual trouble shooting steps: Reset the browser to factory Try IE and Chrome Uninstall all Pulse software and clean the registry Manually install all Pulse software … and then I spent the better part of a week…

SOLVED: How To Set The Default Browser and Other File Associations In Window 10 Image or GPO

If you are responsible for your corporate image and you are deploying Windows 10 you are likely going to want to set the default browser to Internet Explorer rather than Edge.  The problem is there is no GPO or Answer File setting to make this change. After working with Microsoft Partner support for quite some time, they pointed me to a simply little blog that explains the way to set default file associations (like the…

SOLVED: How To Build A Windows 10 Image Using SysPrep and Customize the Default Profile

Windows 10 and 8 use a substantially different process to create images than what I had used in Windows XP and 7.  Fortunately it is not rocket science.  The four big differences are: You MUST remove the ‘Modern apps’ (anything from the ‘Store’) from the profile you are using to create your image If you want to modify the DEFAULT PROFILE, you MUST modify your current profile and then use <CopyProfile>true</CopyProfile> in a command line call to SYSPREP If…

SOLVED: Operating System Loader Signature Not Found In Secure Boot Database

Secure boot is a firmware standard that has EFI BIOS’s check the boot loader to ensure it is authentic.  Guess what is not supported in Secure Boot… ANYTHING before Windows 8.  Soooo, if you are trying to load Windows 7 (in my case from PXE and WDS) onto a PC that has SECURE BOOT enabled, you are going to see something like this message that came up on my Dell OptiPlex 9020: Operating System Loader…

SOLVED: What is the Difference between a TCP/IP Printer Port and a WSD Printer Port

Well, that phrasing is just wrong.  In fact TCP (Transmission Control Protocol) is replaced by WSD (Web Services For Devices) but IP is used in either case AND WSD is not a PORT it is a control mechanism.  Sooo, it would be more accurate to ask WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN TCP/IP PRINTER PORT MONITOR AND WSD/IP PRINTER PORT MONITOR? From my end I was interested in determining which should be used in a corporate setting. …

Windows Server 2012 Answers

I recently took a full day Windows Server 2012 course and I prep’d for it by installing the Beta and making the following list of questions, which Microsoft staff answered at various points during the day: Q: Can HyperV live migrate without System Center 2012 A: Yes, just right click on the VM and move it! . Q: Are there any notable changes to Distributed File System (DFS) A: No . Q: Is Direct Access…

SOLVED: How to Slipstream / Inject IE9 Internet Explorer 9 Into an Existing .WIM or RTM Version of Windows 7

Unlike SP1 for Windows 7, Internet Explorer 9 is relatively easy to add to an offline image through command line: Please ignor the line wrap on some of these commands.  It is is bold, it is all one statement. Download your version OS’s Version of IE 9 HERE. Create a folder named c:\temp\ie9 Create a folder named c:\temp\mount Extract the Internet Explorer cab files using the -X switch (like IE9-Windows7-xxx-xxx.exe -x:c:\temp\ie9) Delete IE9_SUPPORT.CAB Extract your WIM file…