WDS and DHCP option 67

by Mitch Tulloch [Published on 2 Oct. 2012 / Last Updated on 2 Oct. 2012]

A tip on how to configure DHCP option 67 for Windows Deployment Services.

Windows Deployment Services (WDS) enables bare-metal client systems to PXE-boot in order to kickstart the process of deploying Windows images on these systems by downloading and running Windows PE on the client systems. In some WDS environments, you may want to configure following DHCP options to direct your PXE clients to an appropriate network boot file to download:

66 = DNS name of the WDS server

67 = boot file name

Where can you get the boot file name needed to configure option 67?  This name will be something like boot\x86\wdsnbp.com where the path is relative to the Reminst folder on the WDS server.

Mitch Tulloch is a eight-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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