WDS: installation and configuration

Windows Server 2012R2 Windows Server 2016 Windows Server 2019

Add an installation image

The installation images are the Windows operating systems that can be distributed by the WDS services. Images can either be retrieved from a Windows DVD or captured from a reference station. In the WDS console, they are stored in groups of images that are represented by subfolders.

Create an image group

From the WDS Administration Console, right-click on Installation Images 1 and click Add Image Group 2 .

New group

Enter the name of the new group 1 and click OK 2 .

Give a name

The group is now added to the Installation Image folder.

Add a Windows image

Right-click on group 1 and click on Add an installation image 2 .

Add image

When launching the wizard, click on Browse 1 to get the image in Wim format.

Go to iso

Select the image in wim 1 format and click on Open 2 .

select install.wim

The selected image, click Next 1 .

Image selected

On ISO Windows, there are often several versions, check the versions to import 1 and click Next 2 .

Select version

Click Next 1 to confirm adding the image to WDS.

Confirm add image

Wait while adding the image …

Once the image is added to the WDS service, click Finish 1 to close the wizard.

WDS : image added

The installation image is now available in the group.

image available on WDS