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.

/addAdds images and devices to the WDS server
/removeRemoves images from the server
/start Starts WDS services
/stopStops WDS services
/newCreates new capture images or discover images
/getGets information from images, image groups, WDS servers, and WDS devices
/setSets 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-ripimageConverts Remote Installation Preparation (RIPrep) images to WIM images
/initialize-server Initializes the configuration of the WDS server
/uninitialize-serverUndo any changes made during the initialization of the WDS server


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