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How to - System Centre Configuration Manager - Part 4b (OS Images - Build/Capture)

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by , 25th February 2012 at 01:20 AM (18723 Views)
Welcome to Part 4b of my System Centre Configuration Manager (SCCM) series! So - on with Part b of getting SCCM ready for building your first Windows 7 image - how to deploy that (with a load of extra options and fancy stuff!) to your estate. In the mean time, if there is something specific you need, or that you think Ive missed, please comment or send me a PM. Alternatively, you can find me on Twitter @TheScarfedOne.

Add New operating system image
Remember Ive been saying you are going to need you Windows 7 DVD? Well – now get it ready! You need to copy the contents of it to a folder shared that folder on the network. For this – I created a share called SCCM-SOURCES on my local server E$. C Drive is the OS obviously, D is where SCCM is installed, and E is a third partition. Im going to reuse this later on - so, SCCM-SOURCES needs sensible permissions, I gave Everyone Read, and Domain Admins Full. Remember, I said reuse. Inside it – I created an OS folder, and and APPS folder. APPS we will come back to in Part 5 of this blog series.

Now weve got that done – guess where we are going?! That’s right, our trusty SCCM ConfigMgr, Console. In there, select Operating System Images from within Operating System Deployment and right click it. On the menu, choose Add Operating System Image. I don’t think we need to be screen grabbing here again now – you get the idea of the way these SCCM wizards work.

A little off topic, but you will be pleased to hear under SCCM 2012 RC2 and RC3, the wizards are largely unchanged! Win! We will deal with what has changed in 2012, and how to upgrade at a much later date. Lets just get 2007 up and fully running for now…

Back to our wizard for adding the OS image. On the Data Source page browse to the sources folder of the DVD you copied above and select the install.wim file, and then on the general screen fill in the details.

The usual summary to next past, and then finish. Remember in Part 4a, we dealt with the concept of distribution points. Well – we need to do all that again for OS images. So go and find the image you just added in Operating System Images, click the arrow next to it, and right click on Distribution Points.

Heres a reminder on that process then…
Select New Distribution Points, when the wizard appears click next. Remember - we only select the normal distribution point from the list (and not the PXE one) as this is not a boot image. Summary time and done.

Add new Operating System Install Package
Next we will make an Operating System install package, this package will contain the files necessary to support the installation of the install image we created above.

You might have noticed when in the Operating System Deployment node, there is an Operating System Install Package option. That’s what we need here. The section title was a bit of a give away! Wizard time again!

Instead of picking the install.wim file from the source we used above, we must now point the Operating System Install Package wizard to the root of the DVD which we've already copied to the network, SCCM will then import all of the setup files that are required to support the installation of Windows. Why – well here is some TechNet info…


The Operating System Installation Package must contain all the files necessary to install the desired Windows operating system on a reference computer. For example, this package might contain all of the reference files found on a Microsoft Windows XP Professional installation CD (not just the files in the i386 folder) because the installation must be run unattended. You create this package as you would any other Configuration Manager 2007 package. This package does not require a program. The task sequence will reference the source files as needed.

Next up, enter some details to describe what you are importing – I think you might just be getting the hang of these SCCM wizards now. They are pretty good at walking you through what is neeted. Summary, confirm – job done…?

No… not quite – don’t forget to create that distribution point! And again – its not a boot image, so “Standard DP” only.

Next up – that’s all well and good – but weve not told SCCM what to do, or dealt with something that will really foul you up if you arent careful…. DRIVERS!

Coming soon ☺



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