Windows Deployment Services is a technology for deploying Windows on multiple computers without using CD/DVD on each computer. If you have already configured WDS on server 2012 R2, configuring it on WDS on server 2016 can be a piece of cake for you.

Following are step-by-step instructions.

Installation of WDS

Step 1. Open server manager.

Step 2. Click on Add roles and features.

Step 3. Read important prerequisites and try to meet them (This includes a strong password for the administrator account, static IP configuration, and installation of the latest security updates). Click Next to continue.

Step 4. Choose Role-based or feature-based installation and click Next.

Step 5. Choose a destination server for WDS from server pool and click Next.Choose destination server

Step 6. Choose Windows Deployment Services from server roles. As soon as you check that option, a new window will pop up. Click on Add features.

Step 7. Click Next

Enable Windows Deployment services

Step 8. Click Next two times.

Step 9. Click Next (Leave default selection of both deployment and transport server)

Select Roles and Services

Step 10. Click Install (Wait for the installation to finish. This can take several minutes to complete).

Installation in progress

Configuration of WDS

Step 1. Open server manager dashboard. Click Tools -> Windows Deployment Services.

Step 2. Right-click your WDS server and then click on Configure Server.

Configure server

Step 3. Read important pre-requisites and click Next.

Step 4. Choose "Integrated with Active Directory". I have an AD configured on my network. If you don't have an AD configured and you are configuring WDS in standalone mode, choose standalone server. Click Next.

Select install options

Step 5. Provide the path on your NTFS drive where you would like to store boot images, install images, PXE boot files and WDS management tools. Click Next.

Step 6. I have configured DHCP on the same WDS server. So check both boxes and click Next.

Configure DHCP Options

Step 7. Choose 'Respond to all client computers' (known and unknown).

Step 8. Wait for the wizard to finish (This can take several minutes to complete).

Task progress

Step 9. Click Finish.

Now your WDS is configured. Read my next article on how to add windows images to WDS for deployment on client computers.

How to Configure Windows Deployment Services on Server 2016

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.

2 thoughts on “How to Configure Windows Deployment Services on Server 2016

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    October 6, 2018 at 11:46 am

    This is not a full explanation. you didn’t go through setting up a static ip for the DNS or DHCP servers.

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      November 21, 2018 at 2:05 am

      If you need an explanation on how to setup DNS or DHCP you shouldn’t be using WDS.


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