Let’s Build A Standalone Deployment Server

You have decided to deploy operating system images on the network, but would like to test them or create a small deployment lab. Building an independent deployment server is the way to go. Server Deployment Service and Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) are an easy way to do it. In this s

You have decided to deploy operating system images on the network, but would like to test them or create a small deployment lab. Building an independent deployment server is the way to go. Server Deployment Service  and Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) are an easy way to do it. In this standalone configuration, the server is not part of a domain and has DNS (Domain Name System) and DHCP (Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol) on the same system as WDS and MDT.

 

To keep up with the need to quickly deploy workstation images on hundreds and thousands of systems, there must be an implementation mechanism. There are many products that can provide images. Suppose you don't have these products. How can you do that? Well, MDT and WDS do a great job together, and they're free (as long as you have a Windows Server license for WDS).

 

Assumption

 

Windows Server is fully installed on the system with no open problems. Basic knowledge of Windows Server administration. The range of IP addresses has already been determined. A user account has been created with read access to the deployment share on the server.

 

DNS

 

Installation

  1. Open server administrator
  2. Click Manage
  3. Click Add roles and roles
  4. The Add Roles and Features Wizard window appears.
  1. On the Before you begin screen, click Next
  2. In the Choose an Installation Type window, click Role or Feature Based Installation, and then click Next.
  3. In the Server window of the destination server, select the option
  1. Select a server from the server group
  2. Under Server Group, select the server name
  • Click Next
  1. On the Select Server Roles screen, select DNS
  1. In the popup, click Add Features
  2. Click Next
  1. On the Select Features screen, click Next
  2. On the DNS server screen click Next
  3. On the Confirm Installation Selection screen, click Automatically Restart Knock            Server if necessary. Click Yes in the popup and then click Install
  4. Wait for the installation to finish.
  5. Once the installation is complete click Close

 

Configuration

  1. Click Start - Windows Administration - DNS.
  2. In the DNS Manager window, click on the server name.
  3. In the right pane, right-click Direct Search Zones and then click New Zone …
  4. In the New Zone Wizard, on the welcome screen, click Next.
  5. On the Zone Type screen, select Primary Zone and click Next.
  6. On the Zone Name screen, enter the name of the zone and click Next
  7. On the zone file screen, accept the default selection and click Next.
  8. On the Dynamic Update screen, select Allow unsafe and secure dynamic updates and click Next.
  9. On the Finish New Zone Wizard screen, click Finish.

 

DHCP

 

Installation

  1. Open server administrator
  2. Click Manage
  3. Click Add roles and roles
  4. The Add Roles and Features Wizard window appears.
  1. On the Before you begin screen, click Next
  2. In the Choose an Installation Type window, click Role or Feature Based Installation, and then click Next.
  3. In the Server window of the destination server, select the option
  1. Select a server from the server group
  2. In Server Group, select the server name
  • Click Next
  1. On the Select Server Roles screen, select DHCP
  1. In the popup, click Add Features
  2. Click Next
  1. On the Select Features screen, click Next
  2. On the DHCP server screen, click Next
  3. On the Confirm Installation Selection screen, click Automatically Restart Knock       Server if necessary. Click Yes in the popup and then click Install
  4. Wait for the installation to finish.
  5. Once the installation is complete click Close
  6. In the Server Manager window, click the warning icon at the top, and then click Full DHCP Configuration.
  7. The DHCP configuration wizard opens after installation.
  1. On the Description screen, click Confirm.
  2. On the Summary screen, click Close.

Configuration

  1. Click Start - Windows Administration - DHCP.
  2. In the DHCP window, expand the server in the left panel.
  3. Right-click IPv4 and click New Area.
  4. The New Area Wizard window appears.
  1. Click Next.
  2. On the Area Name screen, enter a name and description for the area and click Next.
  3. On the IP address range screen, enter the IP address and exit the IP address. Verify that the subnet mask is correct, and then click Next.
  4. On the Add Exclusions and Delays screen, do not enter any information and click Next.
  5. On the Rental Period screen, change the days to 1 and click Next.
  6. On the Configure DHCP Options screen, select Yes and click Next.
  7. Do not enter an IP address on the Router screen (default gateway) and click Next.
  8. On the Domain Name and DNS Server screen, enter the IP address of the server, click Add and then Next.
  9. Do not enter an IP address on the WINS server screen and click Next.
  10. On the Activate Area screen, select Yes, and then click Next.
  11. On the Finish New Area Wizard screen, click Finish.
  1. Restart the server.
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