WDS 2012 - WDS Client Error; Client cannot obtain IP Address from DHCP RRS feed

  • General discussion

  • Network configuration is as follows:

    DC/DHCP/DNS: Win Server 2008 R2 (
    WDS: Win Server 2012 R2 Standard (

    DHCP Options enabled: 66, 67

    * Does Option 66 require the IP address or the FQDN of the WDS Server (or does it matter)?

    Trying to install Win 7 Pro onto a PXE-booted client. On the CLI, when the Client boots, it does show that it gets the IP It also correctly displays the DHCP server and default gateway.

    When it goes into the GUI, it pauses at "Starting Setup", then fails with something like "WDSClient Error: Unable to obtain IP Address from DHCP Server. Ensure that there is an operational DHCP server on the network."

    Any ideas? Also, when adding LAN Driver packages to WDS Images, do I add them to the boot.wim file, install.wim file or both?

    Tuesday, September 23, 2014 8:40 AM

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  • I was able to resolve this issue today. It turned out that the 32-bit driver failed to install for some reason. I did Shift-F10 to go into the CLI. ipconfig did not display an IP address. I was able to inject the latest driver using drvload and initialize the network stack with netcfg -winpe. When that worked, I injected the images with the latest drivers and everything went according to plan.

    What was unusual was that I was injecting the drivers from the Motherboard DVD-ROM either using the GUI or using DISM. Neither one gave an error until I tried using the original drivers with DRVLOAD.

    Wednesday, September 24, 2014 7:49 AM