ConfigMgr OS Deployment – WDS and DHCP on same server Issue/Resolution

Recently I set up a Windows 2008 server with ConfigMgr 2007 SP1 (aka SCCM 2007) & wanted to do OS deployment.  I ran into some issues because this server was also a DHCP server, this post will address the high level steps I took to get this working.


  1. Installed WDS via the Add Roles Wizard
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  2. Added the PXE service point role via ConfigMgr Admin Console
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  3. Now all should be good right?  Nope, the WDS service would not start.  After some research I found the issue to be that WDS & DHCP both use port 67 by default.
    • To get around this the following registry change needs to be made (UseDHCPPorts = 0)
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  4. I then removed and reinstalled the PXE service point and thought all was well – even the pxecontrol.log looked good (see below)
  5. Monitored PXEControl.log to ensure PXE was responding to tests
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  6. So I tried to PXE boot a system and still no luck.  More research showed that I needed to accomplish two more steps
    • Initialize the WDSServer (wdsutil /initialize-server /reminst:G:\RemoteInstall) – NOTE: Adjust the G:\remoteinstall location to reality in your environment
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    • Next you need to run the following command for the registry change made in step 3 to take affect
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  7. The next test worked like a charm
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One Response to “ConfigMgr OS Deployment – WDS and DHCP on same server Issue/Resolution”

  1. cornasdf Says:

    Thanks for this. I have used it a couple times when we consolidated our infrastructure in remote sites. We recently moved away from this setup and I had some trouble unwinding this but it came down to a simple command. So… If you have done the above and want to move your DHCP services off the PXE box you need to do the following (after you have stopped/disabled DHCP)

    wdsutil /uninitialize-server
    wdsutil /initialize-server /reminst:G:\RemoteInstall

    Thanks again for the post.

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