Overview

Introduction

The Capture Images module provides you with the instruction and Server hardware to develop your hands on skills. This module includes the following exercises:

  • Create an Answer File to Automate the Application of Disk Image
  • Prepare System Requirements for Cloning a Disk Image
  • Deploy Windows Disk Image

Exercise 1 - Create an Answer File to Automate the Application of Disk Image

You can automate the installation of Windows 8.1 image by creating an answer file. The answer file answers most questions that the system might ask during a manual setup of the operating system.

In this exercise, you will create and answer file and then convert it to the relevant format required to automate the installation of Windows 8.x on a computer.

Exercise 2 - Prepare System Requirements for Cloning a Disk Image

Before the actual disk imaging process, you will need to prepare the following: create a Windows PE .ISO image for booting up a new computer; prepare the virtual machine that will be used for disk imaging and create shared folder which will be used a repository for the disk image.

To illustrate the concept of using an image to deploy an operating system to a new computer, we will use the two (2) virtual machines on PLABHYPERV.

The two virtual machines and their roles in the process are as follows:

  • PLABDC01 is the domain controller in a Windows domain called PRACTICELABS.COM
  • PLABWIN802 is a member workstation of PRACTICELABS.COM. This computer represents the typical workstation with OS, updates, and applications.

Exercise 3 - Deploy Windows Disk Image

WIM files are compressed packages that contain files and folders required to setup a computer to run Windows operating system. You can apply these files to setup a new computer using Deployment Image Servicing and Management or dism.exe. This tool is available in Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit (WADK).

In this exercise, you will create the disk image of a running computer by saving it as a .wim file and then install another computer by applying this .wim disk image.

To illustrate the concept of using an image to deploy an operating system to a new computer, we will use the third virtual machine on PLABHYPERV.

The next virtual machine and its role in the process is as follows:

  • PLABWIN803 is a bare-metal workstation with no operating system installed. This will be used for importing the disk image from PLABDC01.

Comprehensive Learning

See the full benefits of our immersive learning experience with interactive courses and guided career paths.