Receiving Error Message When Deploying Windows 7 with WDS

Hi…I am attempting to test deploy a Windows 7 image to a VMusing VMware Workstation. I have Windows Server 2008 R2 installed as a DomainController with WDS. All network services, such as AD, DHCP and DNS have beeninstalled and configured as well. Both the install.wim and boot.wim files are stored on a separate drive (E)on theWDS server. My problem is…when I try to PXE-boot the VM to send the image, I get the following error message:

CLIENT MAC ADDRESS 00 0C 29 64 E4 5A GUID: 564D90FE-71D7-4F36-3893-38ACA864E45A
PXE-E53: No boot filename received

PXE-M0F: Exiting Intel PXE ROM.
Operating System not found

A quick hunch would leave me to believe that both image files weren’t stored onthe server, but I double checked and both files were present. I have the network adapter on the serverconfigured with a static IP address (, as well as DHCP configuredwith a 10 IP address range. ( I’ve heard that WDS shouldn’t be on the same DC as DHCP and DNS. Does this really matter? I’ve checked all of my configurations. I can’t figure out what else could be wrong. Anyone have any ideas? Would really appreciate some input.


Joe S

Excellent Member
Did you try the VMware forums? They are pretty helpful and have some very knowledgeable regular posters there.

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