Windows Deployment Services (WDS) – Cannot locate Windows Deployment Services

After recently doing an in-place upgrade of our server that hosts MDT and WDS I encountered an issue when trying to deploy our latest image release. Luckily it’s a fairly simple fix.

Example of the issue

The Fix

The fix for this problem is fairly straightforward, and it just requires you to ‘reset’ the WDS deployment by uninitializing and then re-initializing the installation, which can be done via an Administrator command prompt using the following commands –

wdsutil /uninitialize-server
wdsutil /initialize-server /remInst:C:\RemoteInstallFolder

Important: ensure you replace ‘C:\RemoteInstallFolder’ with your WDS remote install directory, this is purely for example purposes.

Once done, refresh the Windows Deployment Services windows and it should appear correctly.

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