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Switches/options for self extracting images

Created: 16 Jul 2009 • Updated: 23 May 2010 | 1 comment

I recently discovered that using the Windows 32 bit version of RDeploy, I can successfully create an image of a usb drive.  This is a beautiful thing because I've been working on a customized Winpe USB recovery disk that I need to deploy to about 230 people.  I'd like to know if there is any option that anyone knows of to create a self extracting image that will prompt the end user to enter the destination drive letter.  Ideally, what I would like to do is burn the self extracting image to DVD and mail to my users in the field, have them purchase their own usb drives, then launch the image that I've created, key in the drive letter of their usb drive.  Has anyone done something similar?  If I have to, I can image all the usb recovery drives for my users and ship it out to them, but I was hoping to avoid costly shipping charges and this kind of has a coolness factor to it.  If I can send them a dvd, they can create the drives on the fly in the field if they lose their usb drive.  I've lost about 1 per year myself and I'm a tech, so the ability to recreate the drives on the fly would be awesome.   Any help or direction would be much appreciated.

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Nelo's picture

Hello,

You could convert an image (image_name.img) into image_name.exe. Making the image self extracting. You could do this using Altiris ImageExplorer that is part of DS 6.9.  Under File there is a make self extracting file.
You could create a batch file that finds available drives and once a user makes a selection then you could deploy the image to that disk.

Good luck

Nelson