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Multiple WDS server on the same network?

A student asked whether he can have multiple WDS server on the same network, actually:

You can have multiple Windows Server 2008 WDS servers on the network.
However, you will not have an option to choose which WDS server you would like to connect.
When PXE booting from a client, The first WDS server who responds to it will server this client. If you would like to manually set which WDS server will serve a client, you can prestage the client, update IP helper or use DHCP options.

For more information, you can refer to the following articles:

Windows Deployment Services: Frequently Asked Questions
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc732729(WS.10).aspx

Prestaging Client Computers
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc770832(WS.10).aspx

Managing Network Boot Programs
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc732351(WS.10).aspx