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“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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