Rolling back Windows Deployment Services

by Mitch Tulloch [Published on 29 Aug. 2012 / Last Updated on 29 Aug. 2012]

How to roll back Windows Deployment Services to its unconfigured state.

If your WDS server gets into a state where it can't be started, you can use the WDSUTIL utility to restore WDs to its initial state by running the following command from an elevated command prompt:

Wdsutil /uninitialize-server

Next, re-initialize the service by running this command:

Wdsutil /initialize-server

Then configure WDS settings as needed for your environment.

Mitch Tulloch is a seven-time recipient of the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) award 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.

The Author — Mitch Tulloch

Mitch Tulloch is a widely recognized expert on Windows administration, networking, and security. He has been repeatedly awarded Most Valuable Professional (MVP) status by Microsoft for his outstanding contributions in supporting users who deploy and use Microsoft platforms, products and solutions. Mitch has published over two hundred articles on different IT websites and magazines, and he has written or contributed to almost two dozen books and is lead author for the Windows 7 Resource Kit from Microsoft Press. For more information, see .

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