Windows Deployment Server (WDS) is a Microsoft server technology for the network-based installation of Windows operating systems. WDS is used to remotely deploy Windows on multiple machines without physically walking to them and using an installation DVD.
This tutorial is dedicated to installing and configuring this technology. We assume you have already installed and configured DHCP server.
Your server should comply with the following requirements:
- Administrator account has a strong password
- Static IP is configured.
- Latest Windows updates are installed.
- Firewall is turned off.
- You have an active DHCP server on this machine.
Installing Windows Deployment Server
Step 1: Open the Server Manager Dashboard from the task bar. Click on Manage in the upper menu and scroll down to Add Roles and Features. Click Add Roles and Features
Step 2: Read the important notes and make sure you fulfill all of them before you continue. Then click Next
Step 5: Choose Windows Deployment Services from server roles. As soon as you mark the check box another small window will pop up alerting you to install other required features as well along with WDS. Click Add Features
Step 6: File and Storage Services shall be selected. Then click Next
Step 9: Keep default selections "Deployment Server and Transport Server" and click Next.
Configuring Windows Deployment Server
Step 1: Open Server Manager Dashboard, click on Tool and scroll down to Windows Deployment Services and click it
Step 6: Ignore the warning and click Yes
Step 8: Add images to your WDS server by keeping Add images to the server now field checked. Click Finish
Step 10: Choose sources folder and click OK
Step 15: Right-click Multicast Transmission, scroll to Create Multicast Transmission and click it.
Step 17: Choose the image you would like to transmit using multicasting and click Next.
Step 19: Click Finish.
You are done setting up Windows Deployment Server on your network. WDS is now listening to serve the clients. Read our next tutorial on how to install Windows 7 using WDS.