Windows Deployment Services (WDS) is an imaging server software developed by Microsoft. Windows Deployment Services (WDS) is used to deploy a Windows installation like Windows 7 over a network. Established in Server 2008 and later as an optional installation in Server 2003 SP2, the Windows Deployment Services image files are in the Windows Imaging Format (WIM). In this article, we will show you how to install an installation image and capture an image for network deployment.
Step 1. Install Windows Deployment Services (WDS) Role
In the Server manager, right-click Roles and select Add role. The Add role wizard should appear on the welcome screen, click Next. Select the Windows Deployment Services Role at the bottom of the list and click Next. Accept the defaults and click Next. Click the Install button.
Step 2. Configure Windows Deployment Services Server
After installation, go to Start => Administrative tools => click Windows Deployment Services. Right click on Srvers, select Add server. Select Local computer and click OK. Right click on Server and click the Configure server button. On the welcome screen, click Next. On this page, you need to select a location to store your images, click Next. Since the server starts DHCP, select "Do not listen to port 67" and "Configure DHCP option to 60 to PXE Client", click Next. Choose how you want the server to respond to clients. If you choose "respond only to known client computers", you will need to enter computers manually. click Next and then click Finished.
Step 3. Add Boot Image
When you click Finished after configuring the server, the Add image wizard should appear. If not in the Windows Deployment Services window, click the plus sign next to servers and click the plus sign next to your server that you added. Right click on Add Install Images. Select Create a new Image Group and rename the image group. Click Browse to select the Windows image (.wim file) you want to use and click Next. If there is more than one image in the. WIM file, on the next page you need to select the images you want and click Next. Make sure everything is correct on the summary page and click Next. The image or images will be installed. When the installation is complete, click Finished.
Step 4. Create Capture Image
Right-click the boot image folder under your server in the Windows Deployment Services window and select Add boot image. Find the desired boot image (boot. WIM) file and click Next. Give the boot image a name and description, click Next. Confirm and click Next. After installation, click Finished. Right click on the boot image and select "Create a Capture Boot Image", click Next. name and describe Image Capture, select the boot image you installed and click Next. When the image is captured, click Finished.
Step 5. Run Sysprep on Client PCs
Download the client. Click Start => Computer => local drive C: \. File path -C: \ Windows \ system32 \ Sysprep. Open Sysprep and run Sysprep. Install the clean up action system to enter the Out-of-Box Experience (oobe) system. We recommend that you set the Shutdown option to shutdown, check the box next to the Generalize box and click OK. Sysprep will start the process of removing unique SIDs and other unique information.
Step 6. Boot up the network
Boot your computer, enter the keyboard shortcut to enter the boot menu before booting Windows. The combination will be displayed on the screen when the Bios is loaded, usually f12. If you need to see the combination again or skip the time to enter the command, press the Ctrl + Alt + Del key combination to restart. At boot, select Boot into network from the boot menu. Select Capture image from the Windows Boot Manager to download the Windows Deployment Services Image capture Wizard.
Step 7. Complete the Windows Deployment Wizard
Start by choosing the volume to capture. If you are looking for the C: drive, it was modified by Sysprep, so C: \ contains the boot files. After choosing the volume to capture, name the image and give it a description, click Next. Install Upload image to Windows Deployment services server. You will be prompted to enter the credentials. Then select the name of the image from the dropdown list. Now you need to mount the drive while holding down the Shift + F10 keys to enter the Command Prompt. In the Command Prompt, enter: net use * \ Servername \ Folder. Example: net use * \ Hound \ my images. The fact that in brackets "*" the selected drive letter is not used, "Hound" is the name of your server and "my images" is the folder for saving the image. After entering the command, press Enter. Exit the command prompt. Select to find the location you created on the command line. Click Next. The hard drive is now copied to the server. You have captured an image.