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Installing Windows Deployment Services

Updated: January 29, 2007

Applies To: Windows Server 2008

Prerequisites for installing Windows Deployment Services

During your Windows Deployment Services installation, you can choose to install Transport Server or Deployment Server (which includes the core parts of Transport Server). There are no requirements for installing Transport Server. If you choose to install Deployment Server, your environment must meet the following requirements:

  • Active Directory. A Windows Deployment Services server must be either a member of an Active Directory Domain Services domain or a domain controller for an Active Directory Domain Services domain. The Active Directory Domain Services domain and forest versions are irrelevant; all domain and forest configurations support Windows Deployment Services.

  • DHCP. You must have a working Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) server with an active scope on the network because Windows Deployment Services uses Pre-Boot Execution Environment (PXE), which relies on DHCP for IP addressing.

  • DNS. You must have a working Dynamic Name Services (DNS) server on the network to run Windows Deployment Services.

  • NTFS volume. The server running Windows Deployment Services requires an NTFS file system volume for the image store.

  • Credentials. To install the role, you must be a member of the Local Administrators group on the Windows Deployment Services server. To start the Windows Deployment Services client, you must be a member of the Domain Users group.

Installing Windows Deployment Services

Choose one of the following methods to install this server role:

  • To use the Initial Configuration Wizard, click Add roles on the Initial Configuration Tasks startup screen. Click Next, and then select Windows Deployment Services. Follow the instructions in the wizard.

  • To use Server Manager, in the Roles Summary pane, click Add roles. Click Next, and then select Windows Deployment Services. Follow the instructions in the wizard.

During the installation, you have two role services that you can choose from:

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