If you haven’t checked out this post yet you might want to in order to see “How to setup WDS (Windows Deployment Services)“. Once you have a running copy of WDS you can then proceed with this post.
I will be doing the install on a Hyper-V virtual machine but the process will be identical on real hardware or on other virtual machine software.
I will specify “Generation 2”
Enter 1024MB for memory. On machines with low memory, you might want to use “Dynamic Memory” as well.
Put the VM on the same network as the WDS server
Put the VM in a location that has lots of space.
Tell Hyper-V you want to install the OS using the network.
Verify that the machine will be installed from the network.
When you start up the Virtual machine you will see a couple of things. First you should see the mention of “PXE Boot”.
Then you will be shown the “WDS Boot Manager”. You must hit “ENTER” pretty fast otherwise you will need to hit “Enter” again to get back to this screen.
WDS will show you the Boot.wim very quickly
The setup of the OS will start.
You will be asked to authenticate yourself
You will need to pick the OS
The rest of the wizard will look like your typical OS install.
It will wait on the server for a few seconds and then the install will go through
Specify the settings and hit “NEXT”.
Agree to the terms
You will see that when the machine reboots it will be already joined to the Domain
You can verify that the machine is on the domain. First check the name of the client machine.
** NOTE **
Notice that it is called the name of the person who installed the client plus the #1. The next time I were to install a client it would be the same except that the number will increment each time. If you don’t like this you can change this option in WDS.
As you can see the computer is joined to the domain.