Deploying 64-bit with WDS

So as you probably guessed by my last couple of blogs, I’ve been hacking around with WDS, and there is something weird I’ve noticed.

I have a VMware ESXi virtual machine which is running on a 64-bit box with the VM configuration set to Vista 64-bit, however when I boot the VM into network boot mode, I only see the 32-bit images? How so?

I checked my WDS server and sure enough I have my 32-bit and 64-bit images all their ready to rock, but nothing.

I did a bit of a search and discovered this one. By default it seems that WDS does not allow the client to determine it’s processor architecture and will always dish out a 32-bit image.

Running the following command however will allow the client to determine the architecture and hence offer up the 64-bit images. I haven’t tested this yet but will do soon enough.

wdsutil /set-server /architecturediscovery:yes


Richard works as a Cloud Consultant for Fordway Solution where his primary focus is to help customers understand, adopt and develop with Microsoft Azure, Office 365 and System Center. Richard Green is an IT Pro with over 15 years' of experience in all things Microsoft including System Center and Office 365. He has previously worked as a System Center consultant and as an internal solutions architect across many verticals. Outside of work, he loves motorbikes and is part of the orange army, marshaling for NGRRC, British Superbikes and MotoGP. He is also an Assistant Cub Scout Leader.