Note: The issue described in this blog post has been fixed in SCCM Technical Preview 1901. 


Have you ever installed WDS and DHCP on the same server? Usually installing WDS and DHCP on same server doesn’t cause a problem, but in some cases, you will have issues with starting the WDS server. This is related to the DHCP port and WDS port conflicting.

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:

WDS and DHCP on the same server

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

WDS and DHCP on the same server

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

Now start the WDS Service and it should work 🙂