O/S Deployment Thread, Deploying Department Specific images in Technical; In WDS , if you do not want to deploy altered Vanilla installations without software, i know you can capture ...
4th November 2011, 03:10 PM #1
Deploying Department Specific images
In WDS, if you do not want to deploy altered Vanilla installations without software, i know you can capture .wim images of a reference computer and then deploy them to the other client PC’s so it is a kind of cloning process.
However, here is my scenario, and requirements :
Capture image of a reference PC, which is setup with all the software / settings for a certain department
Be able to boot into that image, in something like Virtual PC / VMWare and edit the image, uninstalling / installing / updating software, drivers etc, to keep the image current, and not require a full re-capture if the department decide they need a new application.
Be able to sysprep the image and then deploy using WDS.
So really, the only feature i requre which i am unsure if a .wim allows me to do is to boot into the captured image as a virtual machine and edit it. if this can be done, great, i am just unsure, i remember something vaugely about capturing VHD's instead.
Does anyone have any guides on how to do this, or any tips, as i can bash my way through it (it was covered in an exam i did a while ago, so i have studied imagex etc), but with me being a WDS virgin (in live enviroments) i would rather take others advice and experience onboard now to save headaches later.
Many Thanks in advance.
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4th November 2011, 03:16 PM #2
Build your images ion a virtual machine and take advantage of snap shots on the vm or look at audit mode which is an option of sysprep under windows 7.
4th November 2011, 03:30 PM #3
Does this work With Windows 7 Professional? as we do not have licenses for Enterprise or Ultimate.
4th November 2011, 03:55 PM #4
Should work fine. The only things you gain with enterprise are bit locker, applocker branch cache and direct access.
4th November 2011, 04:00 PM #5
deploying a vhd from wds
Originally Posted by ChrisH
Thats what made me think otherwise, have you sucessfully deployed 7Pro via VHD?
5th November 2011, 07:03 PM #6
Never used VHDs but you are right I think they also need to be enterprise. What I was suggesting was make a virtual machine which maybe stored as a VHD disk but I did not intend you to mount it to be bootable in another copy of windows 7. Instead just use it in the virtual environment, that it was created.
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