Monthly Archives: December 2008

WDS Image Creation

As a continuation of my previous WDS post located here, these are the steps I follow for creating my WDS images.

  • Install OS, drivers, service packs, software, updates, and everything else to master system.
  • Copy Windows installation media to local drive: xcopy /H /E D:\* C:\windows\options\cabs\
  • Copy from recent installation media, extract to sysprep folder located on the administrator’s desktop.
  • From a Windows command prompt, browse to sysprep folder and run:  sysprep.exe -mini -reseal (with optional flags) 
  • Wait for system to shutdown..  start system back up, ensure PXE or network boot is enabled.
  • Boot from PXE/WDS, select Windows PE from options menu. 
  • At Windows PE command prompt, run: wdscapture
  • Follow Windows Image Capture wizard.

RDPDD.dll Failed to Load

After installing .NET 3.0 on one of my test servers, I could no longer connect over RDP.  From the client, the connection would just terminate with no errors.  After looking at the Windows Event Log on the server, I found:

Event ID: 26
Application popup:  : \SystemRoot\System32\RDPDD.dll failed to load

After looking around, this appears to be an issue with the installed nVidia driver, though ATI users have experienced this as well.  Adding the following registry value and rebooting, I was able to RDP again.

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager\Memory Management]