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I wondering if WDS can full "capture" a hdd?


- Just installed a clean win7 image

- Installed all updates

- installed sevral programs feks: anti virus, mail, web-browser, PH, aso...

- Changed background


Then capture image with WDS or something els if possible?


Is it then possible to deploy that image, to another computer(s) and all of the changes and programs slides right in? with out GPO.

Or do you have to use ghost or something els for this kind of work?



-----Thanks for your time :) -------

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You could use a combination of Windows Deployment Services, Microsoft Deployment Toolkit and Sysprep to accomplish your needs for deployment. A great place to start would be with the Deliver and Deploy Windows 7 page on Technet. However, I have also included additional steps and resources below for using WDS and Sysprep for your imaging and deployments.


First, when using WDS, you will likely want to create an install images group by right clicking on Install Images, and selecting “Add Install Image”. You could start by adding a boot.wim file to the boot images folder in WDS. I usually recommend labeling this "Install". From there, you would right click on the newly added install image (boot.wim) and select the option to “Create Capture Image”. I usually recommend labeling this "Capture". You could then run sysprep on the machine you just customized, boot to the WDS server and select the capture image you created. Through the process of preparing the newly configured and sysprep’d machine you will have the option to upload the image directly to your WDS and to add it to the install images group. More information on boot images, capture images and install images can be found on TechNet here. There is a wonderful and informative Step-by-Step Guide for Windows Deployment Services 2003 here and another page on TechNet entitled Windows Deployment Services Getting Started Guide (for Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2) here. More information on Sysprep and how it works can be found here.


Also, as mentioned above, you might be interested in using the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT). Many find MDT to be extremely useful as it combines all of the official tools (Sysprep, Windows Automated Installation Kit (Windows AIK), and Windows System Image Manager (WSIM)) into a single workbench interface that can help automate the entirety of the process. Additionally, it is compatible with Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, and Windows Server 2003, 2008, and 2008 R2, which means learning one utility to do all of your deployments. Furthermore, as stated above, it is exceptionally useful in creating “universal” images as it can easily add or remove drivers or applications from the deployment images. Again, you can use this in conjunction with WDS.


Also, one more side note is to check out Build a better desktop image as it is a great article for more detailed information on desktop image management.



Windows Outreach Team – IT Pro


P.S One more thing – There is a TechNet Webcast: Everything You Wanted to Know and Ask about Windows Deployment (Part 2) tomorrow, May 17th. To register for the event, click here.

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