Published: September 5, 2010

Updated: April 17, 2012

Applies To: Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2

Removes a custom namespace.

WDSUTIL /Remove-Namespace /Namespace:<Namespace name> [/Server:<Server name>] [/Force]


Parameter Description

/Namespace:<Namespace name>

Specifies the name of the namespace. This is not the friendly name, and it must be unique.

  • Deployment Server role service: The syntax for namespace name is /Namespace:WDS:<ImageGroup>/<ImageName>/<Index>. For example: WDS:ImageGroup1/install.wim/1

  • Transport Server role service: This value must match the name given to the namespace when it was created on the server.

[/Server:<Server name>]

Specifies the name of the server. This can be the NetBIOS name or the fully qualified domain name (FQDN). If no server name is specified, the local server is used.


Removes the namespace immediately and terminates all clients. Note that unless you specify /Force, existing clients can complete the transfer, but new clients are not able to join.

To stop a namespace (current clients can complete the transfer but new clients are not able to join), type:

WDSUTIL /Remove-Namespace /Namespace:"Custom Auto 1"

To force termination of all clients, type:

WDSUTIL /Remove-Namespace /Server:MyWDSServer /Namespace:"Custom Auto 1" /Force

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