WDS: installation and configuration

Windows Server 2012R2 Windows Server 2016 Windows Server 2019

Add drivers to WDS services

In this part, we’ll see how to add WDS drivers to install during Windows deployment and how to add drivers to the boot image so that you can access the network from the machine. in progress deployment.

Add drivers for deployment

As with installation images, drivers can be assigned to a group.

From the admin console, right-click on Drivers 1 and click on Add Driver Group 2 .

Add groupe

Enter the name of the group 1 then click Next 1 .

group name

Skip both filter pages by clicking Next 1 .

Select the option Install only driver packages for client hardware 1 and click Next 2 .

Click Finish 1 to add the group.

add group

Right-click on Drivers 1 and click Add Driver Package 2 .

Add drivers

Select the option Select all driver packages from a folder 1 , indicate the location of drivers 2 and click Next 3 .

The list of found drivers appears, click Next 1 .

drivers list

Confirm the import by clicking Next 1 again.

confirm import

Wait while adding the drivers …


Once the import is complete, click Next 1 .

If packages have not been added, they are displayed here, click Next 1 .

drivers in error

Choose the driver group 1 and click Next 2 .

add in group

The drivers have been added, close the wizard by clicking Finish 1 .

By placing on the group, we can see the pilots.

Add drivers to boot and capture images

For some post model, it is necessary to add network and storage controller drivers for the WinPE image to access the network and install Windows.

It is only possible to add drivers that are already present in the WDS services.

In the Admin Console, go to the Boot Images folder, right-click on image 1 and click Add Driver Packages to image 2 .

add pilote in image

When launching the wizard, click Next 1 .

wizard add pilotes

A page is displayed with pre-filled filters to select only the necessary drivers (Network / storage controller …). Click the Find Packages 1 button.

Search pilotes

Once the pilots found 1 , click Next 2 .

Drivers selected

Confirm the action by clicking Next 1 .

Confirm add drivers

Wait while injecting the drivers into the image …

Once the drivers are added to the image, close the wizard by clicking on the button Finish 1 .

Drivers added