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Serva Community Build (Portable)


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Serva is an Automated PXE Server Solution Accelerator
based on an all-in-one portable multi-server engine

  • HTTP server
  • FTP server
  • TFTP server
  • TFTP client
  • DHCP server
  • proxyDHCP server 1
  • BINL server 2
  • DNS server
  • SNTP server
  • SYSLOG server

    1. PXE DHCP service that does not require altering your current DHCP server.
    2. Microsoft WAIK/ADK independent RIS and WDS alternative.

Serva is a tiny (~1 Mb), yet powerful Microsoft Windows application. It was conceived mainly as an Automated PXE Server Solution Accelerator. It bundles on a single exe all of the underlying server protocols and services required by the most complex PXE network boot/install scenarios simultaneously delivering Windows and non-Windows resources.

It includes proxyDHCP and a WAIK (Windows Automated Install Kit) and ADK (Assessment and Deployment Kit) independent RIS and WDS server alternative.
Serva's application field also tackles the ultra-fast set-up of simple single-protocol solutions like i.e. HTTP or FTP server for file delivery.

The application does not require installation, It does not require Internet connection, it does not save keys on your Windows registry, and it can be used right away. Serva includes a very simple and comprehensive interface that will quickly guide you through all its settings.

Serva is a full C/C++ multi-threaded application that runs from Windows 2000 to Windows 10.
See what Serva can do for you by reading its Application Notes starting here.

Initially targeting the sysadmin in a hurry and the average IT enthusiast, Serva PXE/BINL was originally designed as the simple alternative to the server functionality of those fantastic pieces of software called Microsoft RIS and WDS. Today Serva PXE/BINL also includes advanced features like unattended installs, Windows PE booting, or single-menu multi-repository integration. Please read about these exiting new features here Serva PXE/BINL - AN02: Windows Install Adv and WinPE Boot.

This package installs Serva Community which is licensed for personal, non-commercial use only and has some limitations when using PXE/BINL services. For a full list of differences between Serva Community (this package) and Serva Pro, see the comparison chart.


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To install Serva Community Build (Portable), run the following command from the command line or from PowerShell:

C:\> choco install serva

To upgrade Serva Community Build (Portable), run the following command from the command line or from PowerShell:

C:\> choco upgrade serva


  • tools\.SkipAutoUninstaller
  • tools\ChocolateyInstall.ps1 Show
    $ErrorActionPreference = 'Stop'
    $packageName = 'serva' 
    $toolsDir    = "$(Split-Path -parent $MyInvocation.MyCommand.Definition)"
    $url         = ''
    $checksum    = 'AC7C9EE0DD322A373C6CA4616435E4EA359A14C13FD069F16EEDD95073331B3A'
    $packageArgs = @{
      packageName   = $packageName
      unzipLocation = $toolsDir
      fileType      = 'ZIP' 
      url           = $url
      checksumType  = 'sha256' 
    Install-ChocolateyZipPackage @packageArgs
    if (Get-ProcessorBits 64) {
       Install-ChocolateyShortcut -shortcutFilePath "$env:Public\Desktop\Serva.lnk" -targetPath "$toolsDir\Serva64.exe" -WorkingDirectory "$toolsDir"
       Install-ChocolateyShortcut -shortcutFilePath "$env:ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Serva.lnk" -targetPath "$toolsDir\Serva64.exe" -WorkingDirectory "$toolsDir"
      } else {
       Install-ChocolateyShortcut -shortcutFilePath "$env:Public\Desktop\Serva.lnk" -targetPath "$toolsDir\Serva32.exe" -WorkingDirectory "$toolsDir"
       Install-ChocolateyShortcut -shortcutFilePath "$env:ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Serva.lnk" -targetPath "$toolsDir\Serva32.exe" -WorkingDirectory "$toolsDir"
    icacls.exe $toolsDir /grant $WhoAmI":"'(OI)(CI)'F /T | Out-Null
  • tools\ChocolateyUninstall.ps1 Show
    $packageName = 'serva'
    remove-item "$env:Public\Desktop\Serva.lnk" -Force -ErrorAction SilentlyContinue
    remove-item "$env:ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Serva.lnk" -Force -ErrorAction SilentlyContinue
  • tools\Serva32.exe.ignore
  • tools\Serva64.exe.ignore

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Package Maintainer(s)

Software Author(s)

  • Patrick Masotta


Copyright © Patrick Masotta. All rights reserved.


Release Notes

Version History

Version Downloads Last updated Status
Serva (Community - Portable) 1263 Sunday, October 9, 2016 approved

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