WDS TFTP Server
Updated: December 3, 2008
Applies To: Windows Server 2008 R2
You use the Windows Deployment Services Trivial File Transfer Protocol (TFTP) server to download the files that are needed to do a network boot using the Pre-Boot Execution Environment (PXE). PXE technology is a standard created by Intel that establishes a common and consistent set of pre-boot services within the boot firmware. The end goal is to enable a client to do a network boot and receive a network boot program (NBP) from a network boot server.
The TFTP server downloads boot files such as Pxeboot.com, Wdsnbp.com, Bootmgr.exe, and Default.bcd, as well as the boot image that contains Windows Preinstallation Environment (Windows PE).
The following is a list of all aspects that are part of this managed entity:
When the WDSServer service is started, the Trivial File Transfer Protocol (TFTP) server reads the configuration settings in the registry that apply to the TFTP server. Note that the TFTP server will not function correctly until it has initialized successfully.