Windows Server

The service could not be started either because it is disabled or because it has no enabled devices associated with it

Windows Deployment Services (WDS) is a Microsoft tool for deploying Windows Operating System (OS) over the network. In windows server 2003 it was referred to as Remote Installation Services (RIS). The purpose of WDS is to remotely deploy the Windows operating system. WDS uses a PXE method for booting clients. PXE enables clients to boot off the network. To find WDS services and to load boot images, the client should be able to contact the WDS server, and the client network card must be PXE compliant and most devices are NICs complaint. See this guide on how to set up and install the WDS role, how to configure Windows Deployment Services on Windows Server 2019, and how to configure DHCP Server option 60, 66, and 67 for Windows Deployment Services.

The Windows Deployment Services are used for the central distribution of operating systems. For more information on WDS not referenced here, please visit the following link.

When faced with this error “The service could not be started either because it is disabled” when starting a WDS server as shown below, please follow the suggested steps. See the following similar error “No valid offer received: WDS PXE-E16 error when booting UEFI and BIOS clients“.

To fix this issue, you will have to ensure the Windows Deployment Services (services.msc)is started (running).

Note: This is applicable to all windows services regardless of the application.

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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