If you have standalone WDS in your network, you can use its console to pre-stage client computers. But if the WDS server is domain joined, you can use active directory users and computers (ADUC) for this purpose, so only known client computers will be able to install Windows on their machine.

Pre-Stage Client Computers using Active Directory

Step 1. Open the command prompt with elevated privileges.

Step 2. Type the following command creates a computer object in the ADUCs computer container:

WDSUtil /Add-Device /Device:<Computer Name> /ID:<GUID or MAC>

Replace computer name, GUID or MAC address in above command with your own settings.

How to Pre-Stage Client Computers using Active Directory

Karim Buzdar

About the Author: Karim Buzdar holds a degree in telecommunication engineering and holds several sysadmin certifications. As an IT engineer and technical author, he writes for various web sites. He blogs at LinuxWays.

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