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- Q. How can I use a Microsoft Windows Preinstallation Environment (WinPE) boot to capture an Automated Deployment Services (ADS) image?
- Q. Where can I find adssupport.dll?
- Q. How can I use a Microsoft Windows Preinstallation Environment (WinPE) boot to restore an Automated Deployment Services (ADS) image?
- Q. Why doesn't my system respond when I execute a command after I run imgdeploy.exe?
- Q. I have an internal firewall between sections of my network. What ports must I open to allow user and computer account authentication?
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This week, I tell you how to use a Microsoft Windows Preinstallation Environment (WinPE) boot to capture or restore an Automated Deployment Services (ADS) image and where to find adssupport.dll. I also explain why a computer fails to execute commands after you've run imgdeploy.exe and what ports you need to open in your internal firewall to allow user and computer account authentication on a network.
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Q. How can I use a Microsoft Windows Preinstallation Environment (WinPE) boot to capture an Automated Deployment Services (ADS) image?
A. By default, you can capture images that ADS can use by rebooting the server to be captured, then rebooting it through Preboot Execution Environment (PXE). PXE runs a set of automated steps and captures the content of the local disk, then uses the ADS deployment agent to create an image file. Sometimes you might want to manually create images by booting from an alternative medium, such as a WinPE boot CD-ROM or by using WinPE over a network. To let you manually create images in this way, Microsoft provides the imgdeploy.exe command, which is typically used to capture and restore server images but works for imaging any type of disk partition. To use imgdeploy.exe, you need these three files:
The imgdeploy.exe and imglib.dll files are located by default in the C:\program files\microsoft ads\bin folder. (Adssupport.dll is installed only with the full installation of ADS.) Place these files in the same folder. Then, to capture a partition, run the command
<location for the captured file>
"<a comment about the captured image>"
For example, you might type
"Windows XP Professional image"
(The command wraps to two lines here because of space constraints.) In this sample command, the /p switch compresses the disk image--which contains the entire content of the C drive--and copies it to an image file called xppro.img in the \images folder on network drive M. As the command executes, you'll see a capture-progress message like the figure at http://www.winnetmag.com/content/content/43552/imgdeploycapture.gif. You can deploy the image file to other servers or use it as a backup copy of the partition.
Q. Where can I find adssupport.dll?
A. Adssupport.dll is installed only with the full installation of Automated Deployment Services (ADS). (The full installation includes all ADS services.) Therefore, to ensure that adssupport.dll is available, you need to install ADS on a server running Windows Server 2003 Enterprise Edition or Windows Server 2003 Datacenter Edition. After you've installed ADS, you'll find the adssupport.dll file in the C:\program files\microsoft ads\nbs\repository\deploymentagent folder.
Q. How can I use a Microsoft Windows Preinstallation Environment (WinPE) boot to restore an Automated Deployment Services (ADS) image?
A. To restore a captured ADS image to a disk, boot through a WinPE medium (i.e., a CD-ROM or a network), then run the following command:
<location of the captured file>
For example, the command
imgdeply /restore c: m:\images\xppro.img
restores the xppro.img file to the C drive.
Q. Why doesn't my system respond when I execute a command after I run imgdeploy.exe?
A. This problem typically occurs when adssupport.dll isn't in the same folder as imgdeploy.exe and imglib.dll. To solve the problem, simply copy adssupport.dll to the folder that contains imgdeploy.exe and imglib.dll. You can then execute commands in the usual way.
Q. I have an internal firewall between sections of my network. What ports must I open to allow user and computer account authentication?
A. Basic authentication on a network consists of several steps. First, the client locates a domain controller (DC), which requires DNS connectivity--port 53 on UDP and TCP. Next, the client performs a connectivity test by using a Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) Ping--port 389 over UDP. Then, the client uses Kerberos (port 88 via UDP and TCP) and Server Message Block (SMB, port 445 via UDP and TCP) to complete the authentication to the DC. Therefore, you must enable all these ports.
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