Deploying WDS Image on 64-bit hardware

by [Published on 10 Nov. 2010 / Last Updated on 11 Nov. 2010]

This article explains a problem with WDS Image on 64-bit computers.

The WDS Image can be deployed easily on 32-bit hardware and without any issues. The client computers have 32-bit hardware can easily locate WDS Server and pull the image from WDS Server but client computers having 64-bit hardware cannot locate WDS Server and thus cannot pull the image. The support for 64-bit computers must be enabled on the WDS Server.

To enable support for 64-bit computers, run the following commands on the WDS Server:

Go to command prompt with elevated privileges on WDS Server:

Wdsutil /set-server /architecturediscovery:yes

The above command enables support for 64-bit hardware on WDS Servers. The WDS Client which runs on Windows client computers is able to discover the 64-bit hardware after you run the above command.


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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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