How to Image Computers from a USB Thumb Drive
How cool would it be if you could carry your imaging toolkit in your shirt pocket?
Imagine the look on your significant other's face when you're Johnny-on-the spot and offer to re-image the in-law's system before dinner?
Well, maybe that's a stretch (and maybe the look wouldn't be one of pride) but, alas, Deployment Solution does support imaging clients from bootable USB devices. Read on to learn how.
To image computers from a USB thumb drive device do the following:
- Format the USB drive using HP's USB Disk Storage Format tool as FAT and make it a DOS startup disk.
- In Boot Disk Creator, create a new automation boot disk while creating a new configuration.
- Select Bootable disk - Removable disk to install on the USB drive.
- Copy HIMEM.SYS to the device.
- Copy RDeployT.exe from the <InstallPath>\eXpress\Deployment Server\RDeploy\DOS directory to the device.
- Copy the <Filename>.img file to the device.
- Create an Autoexec.bat with the script and command-line option: rdeployt -md -fc:\IMAGE.img -d2.
Note: The -d2 switch is the most important part of the script, as it specifies the flash drive.
- Create a Config.sys with the following:
DEVICE=C:\HIMEM.SYS switches = /f DOS=HIGH,UMB SHELL=command.com /p /E:1024 BUFFERS=20 FILES=20 STACKS=0,0 FCBS=1,0 LASTDRIVE=Z
- Boot from the USB drive (recognized as C:) and rdeployt executes and images correctly.