(WDS on Server 2008) Using a network drive as a Remote Installation Folder

Discussion in 'Windows Server' started by ikith, Nov 8, 2013.

  1. ikith

    ikith MDL Novice

    Jul 29, 2012
    #1 ikith, Nov 8, 2013
    Last edited: Nov 8, 2013
    Recently we've been looking in to using WDS as it's free and supports UEFI which our previous solution (Ghost) seems to screw up but that's besides the point right now.

    We've run in to an issue where the only server we can put this on (That is running server 2008 which seems to be a requirement for the newer version of WDS) does not have the hard drive space to support the amount and size of images we would like to put on it, however one of our drives that we have shared on the network does, when mounting that drive to W:\ and running the WDS Configuration Wizard while using W:\WDS I get the error:
    "The filename, directory name, or volume syntax is incorrect."

    I've tried searching all over google and I get very vague answers and one person that got it to work but didn't show his work as to how he got this working. It also seems that windows 2012 wds supports this but suggests against it.

    Is there any way to get around this and force it to use a network drive or am I SOL until I get an external to plug in to it with enough space?