I'm new to the world of WinPE imaging. Been using DOS PXE booting for a long time, but now I find myself wanting some of the features available in WinPE.
Problem is that I don't know my way around the environment very well, and I'm finding it difficult to trace problems.
I've never had much luck with Multicasting even in the DOS days, so I've always just used unicast imaging. I'm wondering, though, if it will work a little better in WinPE than it did in dos. I'm having trouble getting it started, though.
I've got my PXE rep set up, and it's also acting as the sole multicast domain representative for the area, and I've pre-cached the image files in the SDMCache directory to speed things along. I've set up the PXE rep as a holding queue proxy, and when I booted my test computer, it automatically went into the holding queue like it was supposed to. It had a status of "in"
Then i started my deployment, and in launched the agent, but it failed pretty quickly with a message of "No status received. The client may be off or multicast may not be installed".
Does this mean my multicast rep isn't working? Also, is it normal when I boot up my machines in WinPE Managed mode that they just kind of sit there with blank screens? I see them boot up, and I see it connecting to the Core, but then the console window closes and the machine just sits around. Is that what it's supposed to do?