Enable PXE Responder without Windows Deployment Service – SCCM 1806

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We know that SCCM 1806 is released and comes bundled with lots of useful features. In my previous post we discussed about installing SCCM 1806 update. I also listed some of the best features of SCCM 1806. In this post I will be showing you how to enable PXE responder without Windows Deployment Service. PXE responder service is now introduced in SCCM and offers many advantages.

With SCCM 1806, you enable PXE responder and get rid of WDS as it isn’t required anymore. This is a great feature because the PXE-enabled distribution point can now be a client or server OS. In addition it can be a Windows Server Core. This new PXE responder service supports IPv6, and alsoenhances the flexibility of PXE-enabled distribution points in remote offices.

Enable PXE Responder without Windows Deployment Service

To enable PXE responder without windows deployment service, go to distribution points. Select the distribution point, right click and click Properties. On the PXE tab of the distribution point properties, check Enable a PXE responder without Windows Deployment Service. This new option enables a PXE responder on the distribution point, which doesn’t require Windows Deployment Services (WDS). On the confirmation box, click Yes to enable ConfigMgr PXE responder.

Enable PXE Responder without Windows Deployment Service

Note – Once you enable PXE responder, notice that all the options under Multicast tab are greyed out. That makes sense because previously whenever you enabled multicast, WDS was installed on the servers.

I need to add two basic rules here :-

  • If you enable PXE responder, Multicast options are greyed out / disabled.
  • If you enable multicast to simultaneously send data to multiple clients, then you cannot use PXE responder service.

Enable PXE Responder without Windows Deployment Service
Take a look at the status message details of SMS_DISTRIBUTION_MANAGER, you will find two things. First of all PXE is enabled on distribution point.

Enable PXE Responder without Windows Deployment Service

In the very next step, Multicast is disabled on distribution point.

Enable PXE Responder without Windows Deployment Service

To confirm if PXE responder service is installed, launch services.msc. You will find ConfigMgr PXE Responder Service in the list of services.

ConfigMgr PXE Responder Service manages requests made by PXE enabled client computers. If this service is stopped, PXE-enabled client computers will be unable to install Windows remotely.

Enable PXE Responder without Windows Deployment ServiceI am going to test the OSD after enabling PXE responder in my prod setup. Let me know how PXE responder is working for you in comments section.

  • Hi – Not working for me. Trying to PXE boot an unknown computer. (This works fine using usb boot media)…

    Log below:

    Client Boot TS reply:

    PXE: C8:D3:FF:A1:B1:91: No Task Sequence deployments.

    PXE: C8:D3:FF:A1:B1:91: Sending abort.

    PXE: Sending reply to 255.255.255.255, DHCP.

    TFTP: 10.131.192.47: connected.

    TFTP: 10.131.192.47: not able to open smsboot\x86wdsmgfw.efi.

  • Hi, I’m having a trouble booting.
    SMSPXE.log says:
    TFTP: 10.133.27.39: connected. SCCMPXE 9. 8. 2018 10:00:40 5476 (0x1564)

    TFTP: 10.133.27.39: not able to open smsbootx86wdsnbp.com. SCCMPXE 9. 8. 2018 10:00:40 5476 (0x1564)

    DHCP Option 67 is set “smsbootx64wdsnbp.com”
    When I set it to “smsbootx86wdsnbp.com” then log says “not able to open smsbootx64wdsnbp.com”

      • Yes, they are. When I try to test TFTP from a different computer in the same VLAN by running tftp -i 10.133.24.195 GET smsbootx64wdsnbp.com I get “Connect request failed” so I think there’s a problem with TFTP communication.

        • Problem was that when I turned of WDS it didn’t uninstall properly. When we directed option 67 directly to the boot package smsboot/AB000005/x64/wdsnbp.com (AB00005 is package of created boot image) and it works correctly.

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