Ok, so just wanted to post this real quick post that might help someone since I had a lot of trouble finding the answer. I couldn’t use pxe and needed to be able to boot at a location with usb bootable media. So easy I’ll just create some. Thing was I would have it reboot as soon as I would put in the password for the boot media. No errors network showed connected which is a typical issue with drivers not being in your boot media. So I continued to restart and study my smsts.log and came across the below.
Failed to run unattended because there is no mandatory deployment.
After thinking about it a while I remembered I had set it to allow unattended deployment. Well it turns out if no deployments are deployed to the machine as required that option doesn’t let it choose a task sequence. So just uncheck that box and you will be off to the races.