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Windows 7 HII Imaging using DS 7.1

Created: 08 Dec 2012 • Updated: 08 Dec 2012 | 6 comments

Hi

I am trying to create a Windows 7 image using DS 7.1 and I have a few questions about how do I fit my current process using DS 7.1.

1) I install Windows 7 on say a Dell 990 and go into audit mode and make all the customizations. 

2) I install the network driver only

Now how do I capture the image? With DS 6.9, I used to run sysprep with customised unattend xml and shutdown, reboot into pxe and do a capture image job. How do I do the same with DS 7.1? Is it the same process? Do I have to run the prepare for capture image job?

Also I wanted to use the DeployAnywhere for HII, can I use that feature to deploy image with the imaging process I am trying to follow?

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andykn101's picture

Yes, you run a Job containing a "Prepare For Image Capture" Task, that will run sysprep for you and reboot to the Automation selected in the Task. Then the Job should contain a "Create Disk Image" Task. After that I use a "Power Off" Task.

Before you sysprep the PC you might want to take a back up image of the PC. Create a Job with a "Reboot to" Automation Task then a "Create Back-up Image Task". Then "Reboot to" Windows.

There's lots more info here:

"Commonly Used Articles for Deployment Solution 7.x (updated November 2012)":

http://www.symantec.com/docs/HOWTO55859

Install new DeployAnywhere executable from here:

"Getting the most from DeployAnywhere for all builds of Deployment Solution 7.x":

http://www.symantec.com/docs/TECH186664

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huseinm's picture

So this means I have to install the agent and use the inbuult sysprep? How do I supply my custom xml to the capture image task?

andykn101's picture

Yes, you have to install at least the Symantec Management Agent and I think the Deployment Task Agent. I think you just put your custom unattend xml in the sysprep directory.

You can supply another custom unattend xml with the deploy job.

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huseinm's picture

I don't see an option to supply custom xml for the "Prepare for Image Capture" task. I do see an option to supply a custom xml in the deploy image task.

So if I use sysprep from prepare for capture image, then boot into pxe, run the capture image and deploy the image by specifying the custom xml, is it the same as running sysprep with custom xml from within Windows 7 and then capturing the image?

 

 

andykn101's picture

It depends what sysprep pass you want to customise. If you want to use a custom unattend.xml when you run sysprep to generalise the PC before you capture the image I think you have to copy your custom unattend.xml to the template machine first.

The custom unattend.xml used when you deploy the image won't have any effect on the generalise pass that you ran when you took the image.

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huseinm's picture

I am going to try this and let you know. Thanks for all the replies.