WDS: installation and configuration

Windows Server 2012R2 Windows Server 2016 Windows Server 2019

Installing the WDS role

Like all Windows Server roles, it is possible to use Powershell commands or the GUI to install WDS.

Installation with PowerShell

Open a PowerShell command window as an administrator and enter the following command:

Install-WindowsFeature -Name WDS -IncludeManagementTools

Installation through the GUI

From Server Manager, click Add Roles and Features 1 to open the installation wizard.

Server manager

When launching the wizard, click the Next 1 button.

WDS install

Select Role Based Installation or 1 Functionality and click Next 2 .

Wizard install feature

Select the server where WDS will be installed 1 and click Next 2 .

Select server

In the list of roles, check the box for Windows Deployment Services 1 .

Select WDS feature

Click Add Features 1 .

Add dependency

Now that the Windows Deployment Services role is ticked 1 , click Next 2 .

WDS checked

Skip the list of features by clicking Next 1 .

Install wizard

A summary of the WDS role is displayed with the necessary prerequisites for operation, how the requirement is for a DHCP server. Click Next 1 .

WDS resume

Leave both services checked, click Next 1 .

WDS services

Click on Install 1 .

Start install

Wait during the installation …

When the installation is complete, exit the wizard by clicking Close 1 .

Install completed