Windows Deployment Services Notes

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Windows Deployment Services (WDS) enables you to deploy Windows operating systems over the network, which means that you do not have to install each operating system directly from a CD or DVD.

Below are my notes to prepare the WDS server and install/configure the WDS feature on a Windows 2016 server

Prepare WDS Server

  • Prepare a Windows 2016 server with an additional disk (D: drive) of 100 GB
  • Change Drive letter of the CD-ROM to Z:
  • Create directories for Windows 10 images
    • D:\iso\win10-1803
    • D:\iso\win10-1903
  • Mount Win 10 images
    • Mount a Win10 (1803) ISO Image (will be mounted on E: drive)
    • Mount a Win10 (1903) ISO Image (will be mounted on F: drive)
  • Copy files
    • copy all files form E: to D:\iso\win10-1803 or D:\iso\win10-1803
    • copy all files form F: to D:\iso\win10-1903 or D:\iso\win10-1903
  • Create directories to store for driverpacks
    • D:\Driverpacks\Dell_Optiplex_3070
    • D:\Driverpacks\Dell_Optiplex_5070
  • Download Windows 10 driver packs
    • for Dell Optiplex 3070: https://www.dell.com/support/article/be/fr/bebsdt1/how16969/optiplex-3070-windows10-driver-pack?lang=en to D:\Driverpacks\Dell_Optiplex_3070
    • for Dell Optiplex 5070 from https://www.dell.com/support/article/be/fr/bebsdt1/how16970/optiplex-5070-windows10-driver-pack?lang=en to D:\Driverpacks\Dell_Optiplex_5070
  • Open a command prompt as administrator
    • EXPAND D:\Driverpacks\Dell_Optiplex_3070\3070-win10-A00-4GJTC.CAB /F:* D:\Driverpacks\Dell_Optiplex_3070
    • EXPAND D:\Driverpacks\Dell_Optiplex_5070\5070-win10-A00-4GJTC.CAB /F:* D:\Driverpacks\Dell_Optiplex_5070
  • Set an IPHelper to the IP address of the WDS Server

Install WDS

Open a powershell command (as admin)

  • Install-WindowsFeature wds-deployment -includemanagementtools
  • wdsutil /Initialize-Server /REMINST:”D:\RemoteInstall”
  • Import-WdsBootImage -NewImageName “Windows 10 Enterprise 1803” -NewDescription “Windows 10 Enterprise 1803” -Path “D:\iso\win10-1803\sources\boot.wim”
  • Import-WdsBootImage -NewImageName “Windows 10 Enterprise 1903” -NewDescription “Windows 10 Enterprise 1903” -Path “D:\iso\win10-1903\sources\boot.wim”
  • New-WdsInstallImageGroup -Name “Desktops”
  • Note: “Get-WindowsImage -imagePath “D:\iso\win10-1803\sources\install.wim” | select Imagename: lists the images available in the install.win and needs to be used as “ImageName” when importing an image with command “Import-WdsInstallImage”
  • Import-WdsInstallImage -ImageGroup “Desktops” -ImageName “Windows 10 Enterprise” -NewImageName “Windows 10 Enterprise 1803” -NewDescription “Windows 10 Enterprise 1803” -Path “D:\iso\win10-1803\sources\install.wim”
  • Import-WdsInstallImage -ImageGroup “Desktops” -ImageName “Windows 10 Enterprise” -NewImageName “Windows 10 Enterprise 1903” -NewDescription “Windows 10 Enterprise 1903” -Path “D:\iso\win10-1903\sources\install.wim”
  • wdsutil /Set-Server /AnswerClients:All /ResponseDelay:5 /PendingDevicePolicy /Policy:Disabled /NewMachineNamingPolicy:PCWIN10-%03# /NewMachineOU /Type:Custom /OU:OU=Deploy,DC=yourdomain,DC=com /PxePromptPolicy /Known:OptIn /New:Noprompt /Transport /ObtainIpv4From:Dhcp /Authorize:Yes /PortPolicy:Fixed /StartPort:64001 /EndPort:65000
  • Copy C:\Windows\System32\RemInst\boot\x64\wdsmgfw.efi to D:\RemoteInstall\Boot\x64 ==> this is due to a bug in WDS install

Add driver packages for all models (Each in its own driver group)

Add driver packages to boot image (Use the default Settings)

 

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