How to deploy Windows 10 With Windows Deployment Server 2016 (WDS)

How to deploy Windows 10 With Windows Deployment Server 2016 (WDS)

In this blog post, I’ll show you How to deploy Windows 10 With Windows Deployment Server 2016 (WDS)

Windows Deployment Services (WDS) is a Microsoft server technology network-based installation of Windows operating systems. It is the successor to Remote Installation Services (RIS).

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WDS is intended to be used for remotely deploying Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server 2016.

It also supports other operating systems because unlike its predecessor RIS, which was a method of automating the installation process, WDS uses disk imaging, in particular, the Windows Imaging Format (WIM).

WDS is included as a Server Role on Windows Server 2016, Installation time takes 5 minutes the most and there are no prerequisites except the Windows Server hardware requirements.

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To complete this article successfully you will need the following:

  • Windows 10 ISO Image
  • DHCP Server on the same network as the WDS Server
  • Domain Admin account for the Installation and booting machines to WDS

To Install WDS on Windows Server 2016, Start Server Manager and Select Windows Deployment Service

You could also use Microsoft PowerShell to Install WDS using the one liner below.

add-WindowsFeature wds,wds-deployment, wds-transport, wds-adminpack

Once Installed. Open the WDS and click on Install Images -> Add Install Image

Windows Deployment Services.
Windows Deployment Services.

Browse to the Windows 10 ISO Image and select the boot.wim file from the D:\sources folder

Add Image Wizard.
Add Image Wizard.

Next, We will add the Windows 10 Installation image from the Window 10 ISO image

Right click on Install Images and click on add install image

Select Install.wim from the D:\Sources folder on the ISO Image

Click on Next

Click next

Click finish

Once completed, you will see it under Install Images

To Install the image on a Virtual machine or physical computer boot the computer from the network (F12) follow the prompt

In the Select, Operating System page select Windows 10 and click Next

WDS will Install Windows 10 without any prompt and will join it to the domain.