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How to set up Windows Deployment Services on 2003 SP2 Servers for Installs of Windows 2003 and XP

Service Pack 2 for Windows Server 2003 (“W2K3” in this post) includes Windows Deployment Services (“WDS”). WDS replaces Remote Installation Services (“RIS”) on W2K3 SP1 and Windows 2000 servers. Upgrading from RIS to WDS is NOT covered here (see: Windows Deployment Services Update Step-by-Step Guide for Windows Server 2003 on TechNet Below is how to set up WDS from scratch, when RIS was not used previously. In other words, WDS in Mixed Mode on a 2003 SP2 server can:

1) install Legacy operating systems (Windows 2003, XP, and 2000) without an existing RIS infrastructure

2) use the WDS management tools, and

3) install Windows Vista and Windows 2008 server from the same 2003 server.

For an in-depth discussion of WDS Server Modes (Legacy, Mixed, and Native) see the TechNet link above. That article also sets forth the requirements for WDS to work, and readers should be familiar with these requirements. However, the article does not cover how to install WDS in Mixed Mode without first installing RIS on an SP1 2K3 server. Why does this matter? In Native mode (as well as Mixed mode, without following steps in this article) only the RIS toolset is available for unattended and over the network installs. By following the procedures here, you will be able to use the WDS Interface and management tools. 继续阅读