Windows Deployment Services (WDS) is a really interesting tool from Microsoft. It allows an administrator to remotely deploy Windows operating systems to machines booting from a network adapter.
In environments with a high number of clients WDS can be very useful, a new computer can be formatted just plugging the Ethernet, without any physical support like Windows DVDs or USB drives.
The configuration isn’t difficult but there are some requirements:
- There must be an Active Directory Domain Services
- At least one partition on the server must be formatted as NTFS
- A DHCP server must be active to assign IP addresses to the WDS clients
Let’s see how you can configure and use the Windows Deployment Services.