Automated Deployment Services (ADS) 1.0 and Windows Server 2003 SP1 Gotcha

This seemed a timely reminder with my webcast on Windows Server 2003 SP1 this afternoon. A small gotcha which caught me out last week when installing an ADS controller was that when ADS asks for the Windows Server 2003 media, you must use the RTM version, not a slipstreamed SP1 media. The ADS services won't start otherwise. Ironically, the only thing I didn't have to hand at the time was an RTM install - I've slipstreamed everything. Doh! This gotcha is due to be fixed in the next release of ADS.