Server 2019 - No Desktop version for unattended?

Copper Contributor

Trying to net-install the latest version.   When installing via the GUI, I have the option for a Desktop.  However, according to DISM, those options are not available.   How do I net-install the Desktop version:


Command line that ran is dism.exe /image:C:\Temp\wim /Get-TargetEditions

Deployment Image Servicing and Management tool
Version: 10.0.14393.0

Image Version: 10.0.17623.1002

Editions that can be upgraded to:

Target Edition : ServerDatacenterACor
Target Edition : ServerStandardACor
Target Edition : ServerDatacenterEvalCor
Target Edition : ServerDatacenterCor
Target Edition : ServerStandardEvalCor
Target Edition : ServerAzureCor
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Cant get it to work by name at all.  Perhaps index will work.  Trying now.

Mount-WindowsImage works with:

Mount-WindowsImage -ImagePath C:\Users\dhcpadmin\Downloads\install.wim -Name 'Windows Server Standard (Desktop Experience)' -Path C:\Users\dhcpadmin\Downloads\wim

However, Expand-WindowsImage fails with the exact same command:

Expand-WindowsImage -ImagePath C:\Users\dhcpadmin\Downloads\install.wim -Name 'Windows Server Standard (Desktop Experience)' -ApplyPath C:\Users\dhcpadmin\Downloads\wim


Expand-WindowsImage : Either the Name or Index parameter is required
At line:1 char:1
+ Expand-WindowsImage -ImagePath C:\Users\dhcpadmin\Downloads\install.w ...
+ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    + CategoryInfo          : InvalidArgument: (:) [Expand-WindowsImage], PSArgumentException
    + FullyQualifiedErrorId : Expand-WindowsImage,Microsoft.Dism.Commands.ExpandWindowsImageCommand

Not really sure why..


I think the index/naming is broken for the current version as there is no difference in the expanding name:

PS C:\Users\dhcpadmin\Downloads> Get-WindowsImage -ImagePath 'C:\Users\dhcpadmin\Downloads\install.wim'

ImageIndex : 1
ImageName : Windows Server 2016 SERVERSTANDARD
ImageDescription : Windows Server 2016 SERVERSTANDARD
ImageSize : 7,733,349,545 bytes

ImageIndex : 2
ImageName : Windows Server 2016 SERVERSTANDARD
ImageDescription : Windows Server 2016 SERVERSTANDARD
ImageSize : 13,933,587,250 bytes

ImageIndex : 3
ImageName : Windows Server 2016 SERVERDATACENTERCORE
ImageDescription : Windows Server 2016 SERVERDATACENTERCORE
ImageSize : 7,729,823,684 bytes

ImageIndex : 4
ImageName : Windows Server 2016 SERVERDATACENTER
ImageDescription : Windows Server 2016 SERVERDATACENTER
ImageSize : 13,928,924,779 bytes

Both index 1 (core) and index 2 (desktop) share the same name.


Hi Jeff, I am on the server team.  Thank you for evaluating this Insider build and giving us feedback!  I can confirm that yes indeed there is naming issue in this build with the images in install.wim.  We have since fixed this, but in the meantime you should be able to mount the correct image by index.  

Hi Jeff, I can confirm this mapping is expected IF you have mounted index 1 image associated with the install.wim.  But perhaps we are unsure what you are trying to accomplish.  The index numbers should be accurate (there is a bug with the names of the images - not this upgrade mapping).  Please try your scripts using index 1 for Server Core Standard, 2 for Server Standard w/Desktop, 3 for Server Core Datacenter, and 4 for Server Datacenter w/Desktop.  thanks!