In this article, you will learn about installing the Operating System without a CD or through the Network.
Before reading this article, make sure you have already installed the following features in your Windows Server 2012:
- Domain; you should create a domain.
- DHCP Server
- Partitions should be made in NTFS.
We will install the WDS (Windows Deployment Services) in our Windows Server 2012.
First of all, login to your Windows server 2012 as an Administrator. When your login process is completed, the Server Manager will be opened automatically; if it doesn’t open, you must open it manually.
Now in the Server Manager, click on the Manage button to open the “Add Roles and Features” to add the new feature.
Now a new window will be opened in which few instructions would be given, click on “Next.”
Now you will be prompted for the “Installation type” from which you select the first option and then click “Next.”
Now select the Server from the Server Pool. Since I had only one server in the Server pool, my server is selected by default.
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After selecting the server, click on “Next.”
Now a List of “Rolls” will appear in front of you; scroll down to the “Windows Deployment Services” and click on it.
As you click on WDS, a new window will be opened that will ask you to “ADD Features.” Click on “Add Features.”
A list of features will be available to be selected; you can select any feature you want to install and then click on “Next” or click “Next” without selecting any feature.
Some information about the WDS will be given; click on the “Next” button.
Now you must select the “Role Services” of the WDS. There will be two services available on this page; select both the services and then click on the “Next” button.
Now a “Confirmation” page will be opened that will show the selections made by you. Click on the “Install” button to start the installation.
Now your installation process will be started that will take time according to the processing power of your server.
Until now, your WDS is Installed on the Windows Server; we will move to the next part of this Article.
Now we will configure the WDS to allow us to add and install an Image and Boot Image to the Windows Server 2012.
First of all, open the Administrative Tools in the Windows Server 2012.
Now in the Administrative Tools, scroll down to the Windows Deployment Services and open it.
Now in the Windows Deployment Services, you will find your server. Right-click on it and select “Configure Server.”
Now a new window will be opened showing the list of features that should be installed previously. If all the requirements are fulfilled, then click “Next.”
Now Install options will be available in front of you, from which you need to select the first option, “Integrated with Active Directory.”
After selecting the Install option, you must specify the path to the Remote Installation Folder. If you created the separate folder as an Installation Folder, you could specify its path; otherwise, a default folder will be available for you named RemoteInstall.
On clicking “Next,” a Warning message will be shown to you; click on the Yes button and move forward.
Now the “Proxy DHCP Server” page will be available in front of you where two options will be shown; check both the options and then click on “Next.”
The next page is “PXE Server Initial Settings,” here; you must select the third option, “Respond to All Client Computers,” and then check the option underneath it.
Now go to the Start Menu and open the “Services.”
In the Services, you will find Windows Deployment Services; right-click on it and select the Start option to start this service.
Now the third part of the Article Starts; now, we will add and install an image to the Windows Deployment Services, which will be used to install the OS on any system.
As you configure the server, many options will be available on the server, like Install Image, Boot Image, etc.
Right-click on Install Image under the Server and click on “Add Install Image.”
The next page is for the Image Group, where a default name would be provided for the Image Group; you can click on “Next” without changing the Default Name.
The next page will ask for the image file path; click on the “Browse” button to specify the path.
Go to the “DVD-RW Drive” and open it. In this, you will find an option named “sources,” open it and you will find the option “Install. win” select this file.
After giving the path for the image file, click “Next.” On clicking the Next button, all the available images will be shown. Here only one image is available, so it’s showing only one option.
After selecting the image, click the “Next” button.
A summary page will be opened that will provide a summary of the selection and path you provided.
Now the task for adding the Windows Images is started.
After completion of the task, you will see the Image File under the Install Images option.
This file will now be used to install the Operating System on any system connected to this server.
Till Now, three parts of the Article are completed. This is the final part of the complete Article. We will now add a Boot Image to the Windows Deployment Services to install the OS on any system.
As you configure the server, many options will be available for the server, like Install Image, Boot Image, etc.
Right-click on “Boot Image” under the server and click on “Add Boot Image.”
The next page will ask for the path of the image file. Click on the “Browse” button to specify the path.
Go to the “DVD-RW Drive” and open it, in this you will find an option named “sources,” open it and you will find the option of “Boot. wim”, select this file.
The next page is named “Image Metadata,” on which the image file’s name and its description are shown.
Click “Next” to proceed.
A “Summary page” will be opened that provides a summary of your selection and the file you selected.
Click on “Next.”
As you click on “Next,” the task of adding the Boot Image will be started.
After completion of the task, you will see the Image File under the Boot Images option.
Now everything has been done, and you can use the Install Image and Boot Image to install the Operating System on any system connected to your server, and that’s without using CDs or DVDs.