WDS: installation and configuration


Windows Server 2012R2 Windows Server 2016 Windows Server 2019

In this tutorial, we will see how in place Windows Deployment Services (WDS).

WDS is role included with Windows Server that allows to put a TFTP server for PXE boot and installation of images.

With these services you can deploy computers (physical or virtual) directly through the network. It is possible to provide an XML response file to automate the deployment as much as possible.

Environment use in this tutorial

  • A domain controller server (AD) with the addition of the DHCP role.
  • A server dedicated to WDS with a partition dedicated to the role.
  • A virtual machine for deployment

It is also necessary to have a Windows ISO (in the tutorial I used that of Windows 2016) for the creation of the boot and installation images. For the creation of the response file, it is also necessary to have ADK installed on a computer.