A Look at Windows Server 2016 WDSUTIL Command line options

There are many ways to deploy operating systems to computers in an organization. One of the classic way that many IT departments deploy operating systems has been through the use of Windows Deployment Services. The basic functionality of WDS is to allow IT admins to deploy OS without an installation disc. Basically it’s a redesigned version of remote installation services. WDS offers many advantages over RIS and they are listed here. This post lists all the windows server 2016 wdsutil command line options. The commands are applicable for Windows Server 2008, 2008 R2 as well.

In addition WDS also allows you to deploy the operating system through a network installation. That’s the most important feature of WDS. One of the advantages of using the Windows deployment server is that WDS can work with Windows image (.wim) files. Windows image files could be created through the use of the Windows Sysprep utility. WDSUTIL is a command-line utility to manage your Windows Deployment Services server. The location of the executable is windows\system32\wdsutil. Run the command prompt as administrator and run the below wdsutil commands to manage WDS.

Windows Server 2016 WDSUTIL Command line options

Let’s look at some of the Windows Server 2016 wdsutil command line options.

Command Description
/add Adds images and devices to the WDS server
/remove Removes images from the server
/start  Starts WDS services
/stop Stops WDS services
/new Creates new capture images or discover images
/get Gets information from images, image groups, WDS servers, and WDS devices
/set Sets information in images, image groups, WDS servers, and WDS devices
 /update  Uses a known good resource to update a server resource
 /delete-autoadddevices  Deletes records from the Auto-Add database
 /reject-autoadddevices  Rejects Auto-Add devices
 /approve-autoadddevices   Approves Auto-Add devices
 /enable   Enables WDS services
 /disable   Disables WDS services
 /copy-image  Copies images from the image store
 /export-image   Exports to WIM files images contained within the image store
 /convert-ripimage Converts Remote Installation Preparation (RIPrep) images to WIM images
/initialize-server  Initializes the configuration of the WDS server
/uninitialize-server Undo any changes made during the initialization of the WDS server


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