One interesting project I have been working on is a Deployment server that will push out Windows images as well as Linux Images.
This took a bit of configuring as I started with a Windows 2012 R2 Server configured as Domain Controller with the usual DHCP and DNS rolls Installed. The adding WDS and Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2013. After adding Images and successfully pushing them out and capturing reference images, it was time to set about to configure it to be able to deploy Linux based images as well.
Many hours of searching the Interwebs and I had several comprehensive guides to follow, all very similar. After about a week and some additional help from a Linux skilled person I have a server that will deploy Windows images via the normal WDS interafce, and Linux images.
I currently two Linux flavours being deployed, Centos, which goes through the full install process, and Ubuntu, which loads the live desktop with the option to Install.
The third one Im trying to get working is Debian. The issue I have with this is I can get the live desktop loaded with an Install option and it works to the point of installing Grub, but then fails. I’m stuck on this….
Well, after hanging off for 12 months I finally took the plunge and upgraded the home PC to windows 10. An event actually forced my hand. I was checking some USB sticks out to see what was on them when the PC blue screened after I stuck one in, No big deal I just rebooted, but what I was left with pushed me to do a complete reinstall. I was give the dreaded NTLDR Missing error message.
I tried several times to d a startup repair but no cigar, even a fixboot and fix mbr didn’t work. So out with a Windows 10 Bootable USB stick and away I went.
So , working until 11pm on a cold Canberra winters night, I had windows installed, office and both printers working, this just left my Canon scanner that doesnt have a windows 10 driver. After hunting on the Interwebs I found one and of I went and installed it. Still no working scanner. Thinking something else may be wrong I plugged it into another USB port, and there was the usual ding dong of something being detected on a USB port, Scanner working.