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How To Add Windows Deployment Services to Windows Server 2008

Windows Deployment Services (WDS) replaces Remote Installation Services (RIS) offered in Windows Server 2003 and 2000. WDS use PXE and TFTP to boot from WDS server. The main difference between Windows Deployment Services (WDS) and other imaging solutions like Ghost is that WDS uses file-based imaging format where others use sector based. WIM format uses single instance store which files are stored only once and referenced multiple times. As result, images are a lot smaller.

The following operating systems are supported with the installation of Windows Deployment Services (WDS):

  • Windows XP
  • Windows Server 2003
  • Windows Vista
  • Windows Server 2008
  • Windows 7

In order to install Windows Deployment Services (WDS) for Windows Server 2008 your system must meet the following prerequisites:

  • WDS server must be a member server of an Active Directory domain
  • DHCP must be configured for PXE boot to work
  • DNS, must be installed and working
  • OS media
  • NTFS partition on the WDS server
  • Windows Server 2008

Take the following steps to add Windows Deployment Service role to a Windows Server 2008 domain controller:

  • Click on Start and then click Administrative Tools and then click Server Manager.
  • In the Server Manager window, click the Roles option in the left pane.
  • In the left pane, click the Add Roles option. The Add Roles Wizard will launch.
  • On the Before You Begin page, click Next.
  • On the Select Server Roles page, select the Windows Deployment Services check box and then click Next as illustrated in the diagram below.

windows deployment services

  • On the Overview of Windows Deployment Services page, click Next.
  • On the Select Role Services page, click Next.
  • On the Confirm Installation Selections page, click Install.
  • The Installation Progress page will show the progress of the installation.
  • On the Installation Results page, click Close.