How to create a private cloud step by step with System Center part 4: Installing WDS for SCVMM

In this fourth part of the series we will install, configure, and integrate WDS to SCVMM.

Use a copy of the template disk we created in the first post of the series and create a new VM called WDS, change the name and join it to your domain.

In server Manager go to Add roles and features:

  • Select Windows Deployment Services.
  • Accept the features required.
  • Proceed with the install.

Now let’s go back to DC01 to setup DHCP:

  • Open the DHCP form Tools in Server Manager.
  • Go to IPv4, select your Internal Lan scope and Scope Options.


  • Right click and Configure Options:
    • Select option 43 and set it to: 01 04 00 00 00 00 FF.
    • Option 66 and set it to your WDS Server name or IP:
    • Option 67 and set it to: boot\x86\
    • It should look like this:


Now let’s go back to our WDS server and complete the setup:

  • Open Windows Deployment Services from tools in the Server manager.
  • Expand server in the left pane, right click in your server name and select Configure Server.
  • Click Next.
  • Select Standalone Server, click Next.
  • Leave the default in the folder value and click Next.
  • Leave the option for Do no respond to any client computers, this will be handled with SCVMM, click Next.
  • Uncheck the box to add Images now and finish the setup.
  • Add your SCadmin account to the local administrators.

Now we are ready for the integration:

  • Go to your SCVMM Server and open your SCVMM Console.
  • Go to Fabric –> Infrastructure –> PXE Servers.
  • Right click and add PXE Server.
  • In computer name put your WDS server name.
  • Use an existing Run As Account and click browse.
  • Create a new runas account for the SCadmin user.
  • Click ok and add,
  • Check the jobs to check the integration with WDS.

Note: Remember SCVMM uses RunAs Accounts which require CredSSP to run as expected, if you have this disabled by a policy for some reason, you will not be able to use RunAs Accounts.

In the next post we will add a VHDX and deploy to our cluster nodes from baremetal.