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To configure Network Boot Services

  1. Open Automated Deployment Services.
  2. In the console tree, click the Services folder.
  3. In the details pane, right-click Network Boot Services and click Properties.
  4. Configure one or more of the following Network Boot Services settings:
Device NameThe fully qualified domain name (FQDN) 
fully qualified domain name (FQDN)
A DNS name that has been stated to indicate its absolute location in the domain namespace tree. In contrast to relative names, an FQDN has a trailing period (.) to qualify its position to the root of the namespace (host.example.microsoft.com.).
of the system running NBS.
DescriptionAn optional property that is a friendly name for the system on which NBS is running.
IP addressThe network address of the system on which NBS is running.
Media access control (MAC) addressThe address of the network adapter 
network adapter
A device that connects your computer to a network. Sometimes called an adapter card or network interface card.
on the system running NBS to which NBS is bound.
SMBIOS GUIDThe SMBIOS identifier of the system on which NBS is running.
Serial NumberThe serial number of the system on which NBS is running.


  • Use caution when changing Network Boot Services settings. Erroneous changes to the settings could render the service unusable.


  • If the IP address of the server running Network Boot Services changes, the Controller will show the service as connected, but the service will be unavailable to devices until you change the IP address in ADS. Using either the above procedure or the adsservice /edit command, you must edit the service's IP address property to the new address and then restart the service. If you do not change the IP address property, the Controller will show the service as connected, but the service will be unavailable to devices until you manually change it and restart the service.


  • To perform this procedure, you must be a member of the Administrators group on the local computer, or you must have been delegated 
    An assignment of administrative responsibility to a user, computer, group, or organization.

    For Active Directory, an assignment of responsibility that allows users without administrative credentials to complete specific administrative tasks or to manage specific directory objects. Responsibility is assigned through membership in a security group, the Delegation of Control Wizard, or Group Policy settings.

    For DNS, an assignment of responsibility for a DNS zone. Delegation occurs when a name server (NS) resource record in a parent zone lists the DNS server that is authoritative for a child zone.

    the appropriate authority. If the computer is joined to a domain, members of the Domain Admins group might be able to perform this procedure. As a security best practice, consider using Run as to perform this procedure.
  • To open Automated Deployment Services, click Start, click Run, type ads.msc, and then click OK.
  • To complete this procedure using the command line, see "adsservice /edit" in Related Topics.

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