KB: Configuration Manager PXE boot causes Windows Deployment Services to crash

You use a System Center Configuration Manager 2007 PXE service point (ConfigMgr 2007) or a Pre-Boot Execution Environment (PXE) distribution point in System Center 2012 Configuration Manager (ConfigMgr 2012 or ConfigMgr 2012 R2) to perform PXE boots, the operation may at first appear to work successfully but then the process may stop running. When you examine the server that has the PXE service point and Windows Deployment Services (WDS) installed, you discover that WDS has crashed.

In this scenario, when you restart WDS on the server it does not resolve the issue. Also, when you restart both the Windows Management Instrumentation and WDS, or when you restart the server itself, this may temporarily resolve the problem, however the issue eventually recurs and WDS crashes again. If you try to reproduce this issue by continuing to perform PXE boots, you discover that although the issue may occur frequently, it cannot be reproduced on a consistent basis.

For all the details regarding this problem as well as a resolution, please see the following:

KB3046055 - Configuration Manager PXE boot causes Windows Deployment Services to crash (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/3046055)

J.C. Hornbeck | Solution Asset PM | Microsoft GBS Management and Security Division

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