I will show you on how to configure and deploy Windows Deployment Services (WDS) on Windows Server 2016. I will also show you on how to use WDS to o deploy Windows 10 or custom images and drivers to our clients & endpoints.

There are 2 types of WDS configuration possible.

  1. Standalone WDS
    • This option allows the WDS to be non-domain join and you won’t have the option of client automatically join to the domain after OS deployment.
  2. AD Integrated WDS
    • This option will give you the auto domain join option, where once the client is deployed, it is automatically joined to the domain. This will require the WDS server to be join to the AD.

[Lab Setup]

  • 1x DC Server VM
    • Hostname: dc1.wesnovator.com
    • IP Add: 192.168.8.1 /24
    • Services: ADDS, DNS
  • 1x WDS Server VM
    • Hostname: wds1.wesnovator.com
    • IP Add: 192.168.8.2 /24
    • Services: DHCP, WDS
  • 1x Client VM
    • Services: PXE

[Standalone WDS Setup]

  1. Install DHCP services and configure it with the following scope
    • IP Add: 192.168.8.200/24 – 192.168.8.250/24
  2. Install WDS services
  3. Extract boot image from Windows 10 ISO
  4. Extract install.wim from Windows 10 ISO
  5. Configure Autounattend.xml

[AD Integrated WDS Setup]

  1. Join WDS server to AD
  2. Install DHCP services and configure it with the following scope
    • IP Add: 192.168.8.200/24 – 192.168.8.250/24
  3. Install WDS services
  4. Extract boot image from Windows 10 ISO
  5. Extract install.wim from Windows 10 ISO
  6. Configure Autounattend.xml
  7. Configure auto domain join

[Client VM Setup Steps]

  1. Create a new VM using Hyper-V manager
  2. Connect the Client VM to the same Hyper-V switch as the Server VM
  3. Ensure PXE Boot is enabled
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