Installing Windows Deployment Services (WDS) From a Batch File

Alexandria Torres

I needed to install WDS on 300+ servers but found that the server build did not have a local copy of OS setup or service pack files. I also wanted to set the paths back to the original values.

I started by adding all files required by WDS to the DFS and I created the following batch file.


REG EXPORT “HKLMSOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionSetup” %WINDIR%InstallWDS.reg /y
REG ADD “HKLMSOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionSetup” /v “SourcePath” /t REG_SZ /d “SERVERNAMESHARE” /f
REG ADD “HKLMSOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionSetup” /v “ServicePackSourcePath” /t REG_SZ /d “SERVERNAMESHARE” /f

VER | Find “Microsoft Windows [Version 5.2.” > nul
If %ERRORLEVEL% == 0 GoTo Win2003
VER | Find “Microsoft Windows [Version 6.0.” > nul
If %ERRORLEVEL% == 0 GoTo Win2008

GoTo CleanUp

ECHO [Components] > %WINDIR%InstallWDS.inf
ECHO RemInst = on >> %WINDIR%InstallWDS.inf
Sysocmgr.exe /i:sysoc.inf /u:%WINDIR%InstallWDS.inf
GoTo CleanUp

ServerManagerCmd -install WDS
GoTo CleanUp

DEL %WINDIR%InstallWDS.inf
DEL %WINDIR%InstallWDS.reg

The basic steps are:
1) Backup registry key to “InstallWDS.reg”
2) Set cache paths for OS and service pack files (SERVERNAMESHARE which is UNC path to files)
3) Execute the command for installation of component on the detected OS – Note that for Windows 2003 a file called “InstallWDS.inf” is created
4) Restore registry key backup from step 1
5) Delete “InstallWDS.inf” required by Windows 2003
6) Delete registry key backup file “InstallWDS.reg”

This batch can easily be modified to install virtually any Windows component

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