I have Windows Deployment Services (WDS) currently running on one of my servers (within a domain of course). I have another machine running as a DHCP server, which is outside of the domain.

I don't seem to be able to find anywhere what settings I need to configure on the DHCP server in order for clients to find the WDS server. Google seems to continue to return results about running a DHCP server and a WDS server on the same machine (port conflicts, etc).


open a netsh prompt:
dhcp server \\servername
add optiondef 60 PXEClient STRING 0 comment="Option added for PXE support"
set optionvalue 60 STRING PXEClient
set optionvalue 66 STRING WDS_SERVER_IP

Alternatively you can set options 66 and 67; but this will not use the PXE server, it will simply specify where to find the boot com file, and you will not get a menu of the different options specified in the WDS Console.


You need to add Option 66, and Option 67 (Boot Server and Boot Filename).

Set the Boot IP to the IP address of the WDS server (if you specify a DNS server you can also use the hostname).

Set the Boot Filename to boot\x86\wdsnbp.com

A screenshot of our DHCP settings are below:

DHCP settings for WDS http://www.41085.org/WDSDHCP.png

See here for more information (look for Known issues with configuring Windows Deployment Services).

We are using Server 2008 WDS, which provides a GUI screen where you can select the image you want to install after the intial boot. I've never used earlier versions of WDS so I don't know how they operate.

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