Configuring Virtual Lab Environment
Using existing Virtual Domain, added two additional VM’s using a custom script I built, one was a Windows Server 2003 VM that would become RIS and the other was a Windows XP VM that would be overwritten with the RIS image.
- Added DHCP Service to Domain and Authorized same
- Joined RIS server to Domain
- Installed RIS and configured first RIS image (Windows XP)
- Added second RIS image (Windows Server 2003)
- To be used to image the live servers
- Authorized RIS Server, rissetup.exe -check
- Rebooted RIS Server
The only issue I had was when I attempted to push the Windows XP Image out to the Windows XP VM, the media I chose to create the image was an upgrade, so the XP push failed, but I the client did connect to the RIS Server and pull down the GUI.
That was proof of concept enough for me, I decided to push the Windows Server 2003 Image down to the two Live Servers. We have a number of Dell OptiPlex 745’s in storage so I brought two to my office to be used as my Live Servers. The Live Servers are going to be a Domain Controller, and a RIS Server.
The first problem I came across was the OptiPlex 745 uses a Broadcom 57xx Network Card and the Windows Server 2003 Image didn’t have a suitable driver. So I needed to prepare the Windows Server 2003 Image with the appropriate drivers.
* [Get current driver for Dell OptiPlex 745](http://support.dell.com/support/topics/global.aspx/support/downloads/en/downloads_splash?c=us&l=en&s=gen&~mode=popup&file=175637) * [Update the RIS Image to use the new driver](http://technet2.microsoft.com/windowsserver/en/library/4e41cc50-08ec-4f56-b75a-8519da43aeed1033.mspx?mfr=true)
While the drivers were now in the correct places I was still getting the message that there were no drivers suitable in the Image. So a search on the Dell Forums yielded a series of posts that seemed to fit my problem. I followed the bold instructions halfway down the page to resolve the driver issue.
After that things seemed to move smoothly until right before the setup started I received a very ominous error message:
File b57w2k.sys caused an unexpected error (21) at line 3903 in d:srv03rtmbasebootsetupsetup.c
I did a search on the first part of that error message that directed me to a blog post about installing Windows XP via RIS. Placing the Windows 2000 driver in the i386 folder on the RIS server did the trick, the installation went through without a hitch. The last problem I received was after the installation the computer didn’t list a network card, the drivers were apparently never used.
This got me to thinking about the lab computers we have currently, Dell Precision 390’s, I have tried unsuccessfully in the past to install our Windows XP VLK but get stuck when it attempts to detect the hard drive. The problem is the 390’s have a SATA drive, I need to check if there is a Windows 2000 driver for that, which may resolve the issue I was having earlier.