Troubleshooting: Can't execute WDSUTIL on Windows Servers

by Mitch Tulloch [Published on 9 Nov. 2011 / Last Updated on 9 Nov. 2011]

Describes how to troubleshoot when you try and run WDSUTIL on a Windows Server system that doesn't have Windows Deployment Services installed.

Question: You are logged onto a Windows Server system that doesn't have Windows Deployment Services installed, and you want to run WDSUTIL from a command prompt on this system to manage other Windows Deployment Services systems on your network. But when you try and run WDSUTIL commands, they exit immediately without executing. What's wrong?

Answer: Unfortunately WDSUTIL is not a standalone tool, so you must install the Windows Deployment Services role on the server on which you want to run WDSUTIL from even if that server will not be used as a Windows Deployment Services server.

Mitch Tulloch is a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) and widely recognized expert on Windows administration, deployment and virtualization. For more tips by Mitch you can follow him on Twitter or friend him on Facebook.

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