Have you ever installed WDS and DHCP on the same server? Usually this doesn’t cause a problem, but in some cases, you will have issues with starting the WDS server.

Looking at the event log you will see this nasty error:

“The Windows Deployment Services Server service terminated with service-specific error Only one usage of each socket address (protocol/network address/port) is normally permitted”

WDS DHCP Port error


The solution to this problem is manually changing a registry value to force the WDS service to not use the DHCP ports.

Here’s how you do it:

Regedit WDS Do not use DHCP ports

Open Regedit and go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\WDSServer\WDSPXE

Regedit force WDS to not use DHCP ports

Open the reg value UseDhcpPorts and change it from 1 to 0

Regedit force WDS to not use DHCP ports 2

Now start the WDS Service and it should work 🙂