In this Article you will learn about how to install 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.
First of all 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 then 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 on “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.
After selecting the server click on “Next”.
Now a List of “Rolls” will appear in front of you, scroll down to the instalator “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”.
Now 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 simply click on “Next” without selecting any feature.
On the next page some information about the WDS will be given, simply 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.
Till Now your WDS is Installed on the Windows Server, Now we will move to the Next part of this Article.
Now we will configure the WDS so that it can 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 on “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 then you can specify it’s path otherwise a default folder will be available for you named RemoteInstall.
On clicking “Next” a Warning message will be shown to you, just click on the Yes button and move forward.