Part 3 - PXE boot target computer and capture image
Step 1. Ensure that PXE boot is enabled in boot sequence, and PXE boot to the WDS server.
Step 2. In the Windows Boot Manager Menu, select Windows Vista Setup-Capture
from the available options.
Step 3. After Windows PE has booted, you will see a welcome screen which says 'Welcome to the Windows Deployment Services Image Capture Wizard'. Click next
Step 4. Image capture source
There are three options here, Volume to capture, Image name, and image description. If the Volume to Capture drop down menu appears blank (ie: you can't select anything) then verify that you have Sysprepped the image
you are trying to capture. If you need to sysprep the machine then read this guide
and return to part 3 when ready.
For Volume to Capture
, select C:\ from the drop down menu (will not be present unless you have SYSPREPPED)
For Image Name
call it 'Windows Vista Ultimate Capture' (if you are capturing Windows XP, change accordingly)
For Image Description
, enter 'This is a capture of Sysprepped Windows Vista Ultimate on <insert hardware name here>'
Step 5. Image Capture Destination
Here you have the possibility of storing the image on a drive (local) by choosing Name and Location
, and clicking Browse
and giving the image a filename, the wizard will auto-append .wim to the file name eg: c:\test_capture.wim.
Next you want to upload the image directly to your WDS server by putting a check mark in the 'Upload Image to WDS server
' option, you will have to provide the servername (or use the ip address eg: 192.168.3.1) and then click on the connect
button. After some moments you'll be prompted with a username/password prompt for connecting to the server. I entered Administrator as the user and entered the correct password and selected 'remember my password', followed by 'ok'. If you do not get prompted for username/password and it complains about not finding the server then read here
Once you have successfully connected to the server you may get an error which states:-
"There is no image group on the WDS server '192.168.3.1'. Please use WDS Management to create an image group."
If you do not get this error, skip to Step 6.
To resolve this error simply go back into the WDS management gui, and select 'Install Images
' in the left pane. In the right pane that opens, right-click your mouse and choose 'Add Image Group
'. Give this group the name 'captured images
' and retry the above step (5).
Step 6. you will now see the 'Image Group Name
' option on the Windows Deployment Services Image Capture Wizard
allows you to drop down the menu, and from here you can select the captured images
group you created above.
Step 7. Click Finish
to continue (and capture the image). The image capture wizard will start capturing the image and you'll see a 'Percent Complete: x%' dialogue box.
Step 8. After a fairly long while of file copying, Click Close
to conclude the image capture process, congratulations you've captured an image using WDS !
If everything went well as above, the captured image will have been copied to D:\RemoteInstall\Images\captured images
(change the drive letter to match your RemoteInstall drive and obviously the last folder name will change if you use a different image group name), in addition it will be stored locally on the computer you captured the image on (c:\test_capture.wim)
Here are the contents of my captured images folder:-
Directory of D:\RemoteInstall\Images\captured images
11/14/2007 04:08 PM <DIR> .
11/14/2007 04:08 PM <DIR> ..
11/14/2007 04:15 PM 2,485,945,229 Res.RWM
11/14/2007 04:15 PM 2,297,798 test_capture.wim
2 File(s) 2,488,243,027 bytes
2 Dir(s) 11,278,798,848 bytes free
Please note, that at this point Windows PE will exit and the computer will reboot, if you don't want it to boot into sysprep then you'll have to be quick and turn it off at the bios screen.
At this point you will probably want to Deploy the captured image
, to find out how you can do that read this post.
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