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.

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Mitch Tulloch is a well-known expert on Windows Server administration and cloud computing technologies. He has published over a thousand articles on information technology topics and has written, contributed to or been series editor for over 50 books.

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