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Configure Remote Installation Services

Updated: January 21, 2005

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

To configure Remote Installation Services

  1. Open Active Directory Users and Computers.

  2. In the console tree, right-click the applicable Remote Installation Services (RIS) server.


    • Active Directory Users and Computers/Applicable domain/Applicable organizational unit (such as Computers)/Applicable RIS server

  3. Click Properties, and then in the Properties dialog box, click the Remote Install tab.

  4. In the Remote Install dialog box, select or clear check boxes as needed:

    • Respond to client computers requesting service

      Select this option to enable the RIS server to begin responding to client computers. Clear it to prevent the RIS server from responding.

    • Do not respond to unknown client computers

      Select this option if you want this RIS server to respond only to prestaged client computers in Active Directory. Clear it if you want this RIS server to respond to any client computer requesting remote installation.


  • To perform this procedure, you must be a member of the Domain Admins group or the Enterprise Admins group in Active Directory, or you must have been delegated the appropriate authority. As a security best practice, consider using Run as to perform this procedure. For more information, see Default local groups, Default groups, and Using Run as.

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

  • To open Active Directory Users and Computers, click Start, click Run, type dsa.msc, and then click OK. For information about creating a shortcut so you can easily open Active Directory Users and Computers with runas, see Related Topics.

  • For information about prestaging clients, see Related Topics.

  • To manage a RIS server from a computer running Windows XP, install the Windows Server 2003 Administration Tools Pack on the computer running Windows XP. To manage a RIS server from any remote computer, use Remote Desktop for Administration. For more information, see Related Topics.

Information about functional differences

  • Your server might function differently based on the version and edition of the operating system that is installed, your account permissions, and your menu settings. For more information, see Viewing Help on the Web.

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