Windows Deployment Services
Windows Deployment Services (WDS) is the revised version of Remote Installation Services (RIS). WDS enables the deployment of Microsoft Windows operating systems, particularly Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008. You can use WDS to set up new clients with a network-based installation without requiring that administrators visit each computer or install directly from CD or DVD media.
The primary developer audience of the WDS API is for groups that develop custom tools and processes for IT and other computer administration groups. In environments where the standard Windows Deployment Services (WDS) solution cannot be used, the WDS API enables programmatic access to some WDS components.
Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs), system builders, and corporate IT professionals looking for information on how to deploy Microsoft Windows onto new computers, should see the information about the standard Windows Deployment Services (WDS) solution in the Windows Deployment Services Update Step-by-Step Guide and the Windows Automated Installation Kit (WAIK) User's Guide for Windows Vista.
WDS is available as an add-on for Windows Server 2003 SP1 and is included in Windows Server 2003 SP2 and Windows Server 2008. The WDS PXE Server API requires the WDS server role on the server to implement custom PXE providers. The WDS Client API requires the Microsoft Windows Preinstallation Environment (Windows PE 2.0) phase of setup processing. A RAMDISK bootable image of Windows PE 2.0 in the .WIM format must be downloaded as part of the network boot process to implement custom WDS clients.
In This Section
General information about the WDS Server API and WDS Client API.
Describes the Windows Deployment Services functions and structures.
Build date: 11/1/2007