If I understand PXE and WDS correct. The DHCP sends the ip number of the WDS to the client during the PXE boot sequence so why is a DNS needed? I mean the client can directly download the boot image, and does the client have to belong to an AD?

  • WDS provides many services. Installing image is just one of its services. DNS is needed for WDS because some services need the function of name resolution(For example, volume activation after installing the system). Since WDS can also be used to install the system in a workgroup environment, it depends on your needs whether the client should be one of AD. You can refer to this link because the explanations in it may be more detailed. docs.microsoft.com/en-us/previous-versions/windows/it-pro/… – S.Leon Sep 26 '18 at 9:20

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