Configure Windows Deployment Services On Server 2012 R2

In this article, I will explain how we can configure Windows Deployment Services on Windows Server 2012 R2. Using Windows Deployment Services will provide flexibility for the installation of the operating system via a network. You can use this for end-user computers as well as server

Click on the start menu button and go to apps and the open Windows Deployment Services.

This will open Windows Deployment Services configuration windows

Now we have to set up Windows Installation and Windows boot system for windows deployment services.

Right click on Install Images and then click on Add Install Image

First, you need to create an image group which can help you differentiate your Windows images like Windows 7 or 8 for end-user computing and Windows Servers for Server machines.

So, name the group and in this case, I am creating a new image group for End User Computing and click Next.

Now locate the file by clicking the browse button. Normally the file will be placed in sources folder under windows installation folder. Click Next.

The wizard will read the install file and provide you the list of the supported Windows version. Select the version(s) you want to use and click Next.

Once selected, it will show you the summary of what you have configured and selected like the image group name, image file location and selected image. Once you find them correct, click on Next.

Now it will start adding the image in the library.

Once done, click on the finish button.

After this we will add boot information of the windows deployment services. Right click on Boot Images and then select Add Boot Image.

This will start the boot file addition wizard. Click on the browse button and locate the boot.wim file, Normally the file will be placed in sources folder under windows installation folder. Click Next.

You can enter the description of the boot image your self or leave it as is and click Next

Now it will show you the summary of the configuration, click next if everything looks good.

This will start adding the boot file in the library, once done click Finish.

Now your Windows Deployment Service has been configured to deploy the images on the network connected computers. Boot your computer from the network and the server will start the installation process.

Muhammad Imran Habib

Imran is a technology evangelist with 8 years of experience working with some of the Industry leading companies. Imran's expertise includes On-Prem/Virtual Infrastructure deployments, IT Solutions for SMEs, End User Computing Support.

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