OS Deployment - Capturing a standard image

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    This document assumes you have already configured your OS Deployment manager, as described in this document; if you have not yet configured your OS Deployment manager, please review this document before proceeding.


    1. Once you are able to successfully boot the test project, start the OS Deployment wizard by clicking Wizards > OS Deployment in the Asset Core console.
    2. Select the OS Deployment manager where the project files will be stored, then click next.
      • If you have followed the previous Initial Configuration document (linked above), the OSD Manager configuration page will be skipped automatically, as the parameters on this page would have been filled in during the initial configuration.
    3. On the Deployment Type page, select WIM Image Capture, then click next
    4. On the Project Parameters page, fill in the presented fields, and click next.
      • Name and Description: Enter a name and optionally a description for this project. The name field must not be left blank, though there are no other specific requirements for these fields. Including a mention of the OS version and/or model number of the source device are popular options.
      • Architecture: Select 32 or 64 bit depending on the architecture of the OS we will be capturing
      • Operation after installation: Select "Shutdown" for this option; if any other option is selected, you will receive a prompt stating that shutdown is recommended for capture projects.
      • Target drive: System is the recommended option; this will look for specific Windows files, and capture the partition which contains them
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    5. On the Image page, select the "Create a new OS image or setup" option; selecting "Use existing image" with a capture project will overwrite the image file when the capture starts.
    6. On the Image Parameters page, fill in the presented fields.
      • Name and Description: Just like the Name and Description fields for the project, fill in a name (and, optionally, a description) for this image.
      • Architecture: this will be automatically selected based on the project's architecture.
      • Type: We will be selecting "Standard WIM Image"
      • Location: Enter the full network path (including filename and extension) where the WIM image file will be saved.
        • This location should NOT be within the PXETFTP share on the OS Deployment manager. Please create a different share, or use a different file server to store the images.
      • Connection Parameters: Enter credentials which have read and write permission on the network share
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    7. Click the "Check Image" button, and ensure the status field reads "OK". Click the Next button.
    8. On the Target List Configuration page, select "Create a new target list"
    9. On the Target List page, click the "Create a new target" button
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    10. In the Create a New Target window which appears, fill in the MAC address for the wired network adapter of the system where the image will be captured from.
      • The MAC address can be entered with or without colon or hyphen characters as separators ( in other words, "005056b20672", "00-50-56-b2-06-72" and "00:50:56:b2:06:72" are all acceptable MAC address formats)
      • The background color of this field will change to white when a MAC address in a valid format has been entered.
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    11. The target list should now appear as shown below. Click next.On the Disk Configuration tab, selecting "Unchanged disk for custom deployment" is the recommended option for a capture project
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    12. On the Deployment Drivers page, add any NIC or disk controller drivers required by the system we are capturing from. If you are not sure if additional drivers are required for your target system, leave these unchecked (they can be added to the project later if needed). Click next when finished.
    13. On the Project Build Date page, select Immediately in the Start Execution Date field, and ensure the Activate box is checked.
    14. Once the dashboard shows that the build has completed, please PXE boot the capture target to start the capture process.