The Plan Images module provides you with the instructions and devices to develop your hands on skills in the following topics.

  • Using Windows Deployment Services to Capture DVD image
  • Using Windows Deployment Services to Host a Computer Disk image

Exercise 1 - Using Windows Deployment Services (WDS) to Capture DVD Image

Windows Deployment Services (WDS) enables you to remotely deploy Windows operating systems such as Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server 2012 R2 to bare metal computers. Remote deployment is done using network-based installation. This means you can perform the installation even when you are not physically present at a computer or do not have the installation files on an installation media like a DVD or a USB drive.

In this exercise, you will perform remote OS deployment on a bare-metal computer.

Lab Setup

You will perform the remote deployment using virtual machines on the Windows domain called PracticeLabs.com. The virtual machines are hosted in the PLABHYPERV server in the PracticeLabs.com domain. The server contains four (4) virtual machines, each with their specified roles:

  • PLABDC01 is the domain controller on the PRACTICELABS.COM domain
  • PLABDM01 is a member server of PRACTICELABS.COM that runs Windows Deployment Services (WDS)
  • PLABWIN802 is a member workstation of PRACTICELABS.COM. This computer represents the typical workstation with OS, updates, and applications, in the said domain.
  • PLABWIN803 is a bare-metal workstation with no operating system installed. This will be used for the remote operating system installation lab.

You will use Hyper-V to operate these machines.

Exercise 2 - Using Windows Deployment Services to Host a Computer Disk image

You can add the disk image of a reference computer - a computer with a functioning Windows operating system, installed updates and standard user applications to a Windows Deployment Services -WDS server. This disk image can then be applied to bare-metal computers in a corporate network.

Before deploying the disk image of a reference computer, you must remove its unique registry settings like computer name, IP address and other properties using an application called SYSPREP.

SYSPREP or System preparation is a tool that removes unique registry settings on a computer. Removing these settings will enable new computers to use the image without any settings clash.

The sysprep tool is executed on a reference computer and is shutdown. A tool called Deployment Image Servicing and Management (DISM) is used to complete the process of saving the disk image to image to a Windows image file (.wim). The image is saved to a network shared folder for distribution to bare-metal computers.

In this exercise, you will create the disk image of a running computer and apply it on bare-metal computer in the network.

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