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Windows Deployment Services: Build Your Server From Scratch

Get your WDS server up and running, ease your OS deployments, and control all your OS images in one store
Omar Dabbas
5,215 students enrolled
English [Auto]
Build your own WDS server from scratch
Configure all necessary settings to make your server 100% operational
Learn how to create your own reference image to make deployments even easier
Automate installing Windows using XML answer files

Windows Deployment Services (WDS) server is no longer optional for any highly qualified IT administrator, if you are responsible for administrating several workstations, you must learn to WDS as a primary service for Windows deployments.

Why? Good question. And the answer is clearly visible if you check the curriculum of this course, you can see the benefits of having WDS to help you manage and maintain all your Windows images in one store, your server.

So what makes WDS that useful for us? WDS works as a multi-purpose service, if you only said it’s used to deploy images, you are telling a part of the truth, a minor part to be honest, with WDS, you can maintain your images, meaning that you can keep all your images updated periodically to include latest updates and service packs, you can have a WinPE images that help you troubleshoot problematic machines, you can automate installing drivers for your hardware whenever you deploy an image to a machine, you can create your reference image which will save you tens of wasted hours in getting your machines ready to be used, you can also automate the deployment process using XML answer files! Let’s get a little deeper and see what this course covers…

We will start from scratch, with a brand new server, so if you’re totally new to this technology, that’s absolutely fine, we will learn how to add WDS role to the server, complete the initial configuration, and explore the WDS console to have an idea about what we are going to discuss in the course.

In the second section, we will see a common case that causes some kind of problems for system admins, having WDS with DHCP in the same server, why it causes a problem, and how to configure WDS & DHCP properly so you don’t get yourself in trouble doing that.

After that, the real stuff will begin, we will start adding our images to the server, we will cover different types of images and what’s the difference between them, boot, install and discover images, we will see how to add hardware drivers to our WDS so they get installed automatically to our deployed machines, and we will see if our configuration will work when we boot a machine to network? (Hopefully!)

The following section will dedicated to cover creating reference images (they refer to it as: standard, master, golden, etc.), you can call it an “ideal image”, it will have your operating system, applications, updates, files, and settings included in one image, maybe you’re thinking now, so what should I do after installing that image to a machine to make it ready-to-use?! Nothing.

There will be some different minor topics that are going to be covered in the extra section, and in the bonus section, we will see how to create XML answer files to automate the installation process (And yes, you can add this automation file to your reference image, so you get a ready-to-use device with zero human intervention)!

To get the best learning experience, every single step we mentioned here is applied practically, all the videos are recordings of my screen, where we will apply what we are discussing, boring read texts have no place here in the course.

So if you have read all that, you are now confident that you need to learn all these stuff, along with many tips included in the lectures to make it very beneficial for you, enroll now, and let’s start.


Instructor Introduction - Paul Hill

In this lecture you will learn about Instructor Paul and his IT background.


We will take a quick look on our course, what topics we will discuss, and what we are going to cover in the videos

Installing Windows Server 2012

Downloading & Installing VirtualBox

In this lecture we are going to download and install Oracle VM VirtualBox.

How To Legally Download Windows Server 2012 for Free

In This Lecture I am going to show you how to download Windows Server 2012 R2.

Creating a Virtual Machine

In this lecture we are going to use VirtualBox to create the VM that we will install Windows Server 2012r2 on.

Installing Windows Server 2012

In this Lecture we are going to install Windows Server 2012 R2, install VirtualBox Guest Additions, and rename our server. This will take us about 30 minutes to complete but only about 10 minutes of user interaction.

Preparing The Server

Adding WDS Role Using Server Manager

In this quick lecture, we will go over the process of adding Windows Deployment Services rule using "Add Rules / Features" wizard in Server Manager

Adding WDS using PowerShell & Initial Configuration
Exploring WDS Console

Windows Deployment Services MMC snap-in is easy, straight-forward, but has a lot of features, we will take a quick look on that in this lecture.

Section 2 Quiz


What is it Between WDS & DHCP?

Why WDS doesn't love DHCP? Or is it the DHCP which doesn't love WDS?

Let's see what's in there between them

WDS & DHCP Configuration Scenarios

This is the easiest scenario, where everything should go smoothly, let's see.

Section 3 Quiz

Setting Up Your WDS Server

Adding a Boot Image

What's the best practice when we want to add a boot image? Same "Install Image" version or newer? Let's see

Adding Install Images

How to add Install Images? How to group images to save space and time? Let's see.

Creating a Discover Boot Image

If you have a machine with no PXE support, how you can use WDS to deploy OS to that machine? The answer is easy, using Discover Images, let's see how to create it

Adding Drivers Packages to WDS

We will see how we can automate installing drivers along with OS by adding hardware drivers INF files to WDS

Test: Booting Machine To an Install Image

Now let's try to boot a machine from network, and see how boot image works, and then use the "Install Image" we added before to install Windows over the network

Section 4 Quiz

Capturing Windows Image Using WDS

What is a Capture Image?

Why would we use a capture image? Capture what?
We use it to capture a reference image for our "ideal" device, will discuss it briefly here

Creating & Adding a Capture Image

Adding capture image is easy, and usually done after adding a boot image, in this lecture, we will see that in practice as we have already added our boot image in the previous section

Modifying Windows Machine & Prepare it For Capture

We will now create some modifications on the machine we installed before by adding a couple of software, and then prepare it to be captured

Creating a Reference Windows Image

We will see how to capture our reference Windows image using the "Capture Image" we created before.

Section 5 Quiz

Extra & Miscellaneous

Multi-Cast Transmissions

In this lecture we will see the benefits of configuring Multi-Cast transmissions for some images, why we would need that and how to configure it.

Bonus Section

Bonus Lecture: Automating Installation using XML Answer Files
Need to Refresh your HelpDesk Skills?
How to Get Your Certificate of Completion

This lecture will explain how you can get your course completion certificate.

Bonus Lecture
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