Guide: Solving WDS issue with DHCP port conflict

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:

Open Regedit and go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\WDSServer\WDSPXERegedit WDS Do not use DHCP ports 1

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 🙂

9 Responses

  1. Marnix Wolf

    Thanks a lot for sharing this good information. Worked like a charm!

  2. Mark Shirley

    The correct method for fixing this is listed in technet, you tell WDS not to listen on port 67.

    Altering as above, can in multi network machines break DCHP, DNS, Active Directory and NFS Shares

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