Random thoughts and helpful IT tidbits
I have had this happen a few times. Install a Windows 7, install everything, capture an image, and then it will not deploy, it will only get the error:
Error : Windows could not parse or process unattend answer file [C:\Windows\Panther\unattend.xml] for pass [Specialize].
and never move forward. Rebooting causes you to have to redo the WDS deployment.
So the problem is with IE, so if you go into the DeploymentShare\Control\TaskID folder and edit the Unattended.xml you can delete the following section:
<component name="Microsoft-Windows-IE-InternetExplorer" processorArchitecture="amd64" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS" xmlns:wcm="http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance"> <Home_Page>about:blank</Home_Page> <IEWelcomeMsg>false</IEWelcomeMsg> </component>
And your remote install is ok!