I recently ran into an issue where my Windows Deployment Services server stopped working after changing the name of the server. After looking around, I didn't really find a good answer for what settings need to be updated if you change the name of your WDS server.

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I found all the different places that it needs to be updated but wanted to document them here incase anybody else ever runs into a similar issue.

  • DeploymentWorkbench > Deployment Shares > Share Name > right-click > Properties > General > Network (UNC) path
  • DeploymentWorkbench > Deployment Shares > Share Name > right-click > Properties > Rules > Edit Bootstrap.ini > DeployRoot=\servername\directorylocation
  • \servername\deploymentshare$\control > Edit CustomSettings.ini > If the server name is included anywhere in this file, update it
  • \servername\deploymentshare$\control\deployment\ > Edit Unattend.xml > Do a find a for the old server name and replace with the new one

After this, update the package, redeploy a new image to it, and everything should be up and running!

  • You might have to change the "Monitoring host:" too in the deployment share properties. – js2010 Aug 14 '19 at 14:55
  • Also you need to replace the boot wim in WDS. – js2010 Aug 17 '19 at 14:18

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