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Uninstall WDS: How to remove Windows Deployment Services role via the GUI and PowerShell

Windows Deployment Services (WDS) is a really interesting tool from Microsoft for network-based installation (deployment) of Windows operating systems. In windows server 2003 it was called as Remote Installation Services (RIS). The purpose of WDS is to remotely deploy the windows operating systems.

For some articles ai have written on WDS, see the following hyperlinks below
– For how to setup and install WDS role
– How to configure Windows Deployment Services on Windows Server 2019

In this how-to article, I will be showing you how to remove a the WDS Role..

GUI: On how to remove the WDS server via the Graphical User Interface, follow the steps below
– Click Start and launch Server Manager.
– Click on Manage
– Remove Roles and Features.

– If you have not skipped the Before you begin page, click on Next

Select the destination server (which is usually the WDS server) and click Next.
– Note: If you have mutiple servers here, select the right server that the WDS role is installed on

On the Server Roles page, scroll down and uncheck Windows Deployment Services.

You will now be asked if you want to remove management tools or leave them installed on the server.

– Click on Next and follow-through
– Click on Next on the “Features Window”
– And Click on Remove on the “confirmation” page and that is all.

Wait a few minutes while the role uninstalls. A successful message will appear “Removal succeeded on server“. Close the wizard. The WDS role is now uninstalled on the server.

On how to add images to WDS and configure Multicast transmission via the GUI and WDSUTIL, see https://techdirectarchive.com/2020/05/26/windows-deployment-services-how-to-add-images-to-wds-via-the-gui-and-wdsutil/

PowerShell: On how to remove WDS server via PowerShell, follow the steps below

UnInstall-WindowsFeature -Name WDS, WDS-Deployment, WDS-Transport

I hope you found this blog post helpful. If you have any questions, please let me know in the comment session.

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