“Remote Installation Services” doesn’t appear as an option under Add/Remove Programs

Disclaimer: I’ve found no documentation to state the following, but as it’s no software company’s policy to document removed features this is what I have deduced.

We have a nice shiny new Windows Server 2003 R2 server which I wanted to take over the role of our old RIS server.  So I started by trying to add RIS to the new box by following http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;325862Install Windows Server 2003 RIS“.  However it there’s no “Remote Installation Services” on the list.  I’m not sure if it’s because Win2003R2 never has this option or if a subsequent update has removed it.

Our original RIS server has been upgraded to Windows Deployment Services (WDS) via our WSUS server and so I set about downloading WDS for our new server.  However I can’t find a reference anywhere as to where this can be acquired from.  I suspect that as WDS is listed as a feature of Longhorn (Windows Server 2008) MS are now holding this back.

This means that anyone with a Windows Server 2003 infrastructure can’t now start using RIS / WDS – disappointing.  I’d love to hear from anyone if I’m wrong as I can imagine needing to do this in the future.

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5 responses to ““Remote Installation Services” doesn’t appear as an option under Add/Remove Programs

  1. This is true — RIS is technically gone.

    You have to install Windows Deployment Services. The good news is that WDP installs WDP Legacy, which allows you to use your old RIS style stuff.

  2. hi,

    Thanks for the information.

  3. the same here but my server was never R2 upgraded. few days ago “Remote Installation Services” was available in “Add remove programs” and now is not i don’t have a clue how it disappear

  4. There is no problem , just you Install ” Windows Deployment Services ” , Then in the Administrative tools select ” Windows Deployment Services Legacy “

  5. Thank you, this was very helpfull

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