A Quick Tip To Allow Multiple WDS Server Selection

by [Published on 30 June 2010 / Last Updated on 30 June 2010]

This article explains a registry heck you can use to allow clients to select multiple WDS Servers. This applies to Windows Server 2008 R2 only.

WDS stands for Windows Deployment Services. This is same as RIS (Remote Installation Services). WDS is the enchanced version of RIS. WDS is used to deploy Windows Operating Systems Images remotely on new computers. When a new computer starts it gets the option to choose the WDS Server from which the Image of Windows Operating System is pulled. Client will be able to select images from a particular WDS Server. By default, clients are now allowed to see images from other WDS Servers. You can enable a registry entry so that client computers see the images from all the WDS Servers located on your network.

To enable this:

  • KEY Name: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\WDSServer\Providers\WDSPXE\Providers\BINLSVC
  • Entry Name: AllowServerSelection
  • Value Name: 0x0 or 0x1

0x0 = Clients will connect to first WDS server.

0x1 = F11 prompt for Server Selection.

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Nirmal Sharma is a MCSEx3, MCITP and was awarded the Microsoft MVP award in Directory Services and Windows Networking. He specializes in Microsoft Azure, Office 365, Directory Services, Failover Clusters, Hyper-V, PowerShell Scripting and System Center products. Nirmal has been involved with Microsoft Technologies since 1994. In his spare time, he likes to help others and share some of his knowledge by writing tips and articles on various sites and contributing to PowerShell-based Dynamic Packs for www.ITDynamicPacks.Net solutions.

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