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Remote Installation Services server authorization

Updated: January 21, 2005

Applies To: Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2003 with SP1, Windows Server 2003 with SP2

Remote Installation Services server authorization

The Remote Installation Services (RIS) server authorization feature prevents unauthorized RIS servers from being added to a network where Active Directory is in use.

You can use RIS to specify which RIS servers can accept and process requests, and which RIS servers can only service clients on the network. Before a RIS server can accept requests, it must be authorized to run in Active Directory. To authorize a RIS server in Active Directory, you must first log on with an account that is a member of the Enterprise Admins group in the domain where you want the RIS server to be authorized. You should run RISETUP -Check to authorize the server.

When a RIS server attempts to start on the network, Active Directory is queried and the Internet Protocol (IP) address is compared to the list of authorized RIS servers. If a match is found, the RIS server is authorized and can start on the network. If a match is not found, the server is not authorized. In this case, RIS will not answer.


  • This topic does not apply to Windows Server 2003, Web Edition.

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