Trying to set up Deployment, getting stuck.
Ok. First a bit of background so what I am asking makes sense.
We have been on CMS for about 2 years, since the release of 7.0. I was the one-man install team for our CMS install. One of the components that I had real trouble with early on was the Deployment solution. It seemed that the Deployment solution was oriented around large scale mass deployments of the type that my company never does. I spent quite a bit of time looking for a way to set it up so we could do the one-off type imaging that we usually do on a day-to-day basis and failed completely. I got so frustrated with it, I ended up simply turning off the PXE server and developing a CD based imaging process using the Bootwiz tool and RDeploy (I only chose RDeploy because it imaged faster than Ghost).
So 7.1 SP2 MR1 is now our current version and Deployment has been updated a little bit. My boss REALLY wants us to be using Deployment and has asked me to take a second look at getting it set up so that we can at least do a standard Desktop image with it, in preparation for 7.5, which is supposed to FINALLY give us the real one-off capability that CMS has sorely been lacking.
So here I am, walking through the latest iteration of the Deployment setup guide. I have the PXE server up and running, it is pushing a windows based PE boot image, and everything is working. Riiiight up until the PE image finishes it's boot process. Then... nothing. the PC just sits there looking at me. I have configured "Initial Install" settings, and as far as I can tell the darn thing should boot into WinPE, install an OS, add it to AD into a specific container and then reboot. But I get... Nothing.
I suspect I need to add some additional post-boot steps to the WinPE process, but for the life of me I can't figure out HOW to do that!
Also, when I create additional preboot configurations, I can never select them in the PXE configuration menu. I only ever get one choice, the default winPE config. (EDIT: Just fixed this by deleting the default preboot configs entirely.)
Ironically, after the system PXE boots, if I hit F8 I get a menu to select from which has all my configs. Wierd.
So I'm pretty much stumped. I feel like I need to be able to edit the WinPE configs (maybe using bootwiz?) but I can't figure out how to do that, or if that is even proper. Does anyone have a clue here? I'm lost.