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Creating and Deploying a Windows disk image

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When you perform the Create Image task with Disk Image as the option, a Symantec Management Platform package is created for the captured disk image. The Disk image is stored on the Deployment share of the site server on which the Package Service runs. Each image is stored in a separate folder and has a GUID. Information about the image is also stored in the CMDB as an image resource. You can use this package to distribute the image to other Package Servers

To view the disk image packages navigate to Settings > All Settings > Deployment and Migration > Disk Images menu.

Symantec recommends that you run the Prepare for Image capture task before you create the disk images. For Windows disk images, use the Sysprep utility that prepares the computer for creating the disk image that can be deployed on multiple computers. You can create a Windows disk image and deploy a Windows disk image only when the computer is in the PXE environment or the automation environment

The following tables list the process of creating a Windows image of a client computer and deploying a Windows image on a client computer:

Following are the steps that you must follow to create an image of a Windows client computer:

Table: Process for creating an image of a Windows client computer

Step

Action

Description

Step 1

Launch the Console

Launch the Symantec Management Console.

You can launch the console either from the Start menu of the Notification Server computer or from any computer of the network. To access the console from a different computer, you must type the following:

http://<IP address of NS>/altiris/console

Step 2

Prepare a reference computer for imaging.

Prepare the reference computer that contains the core software and settings that you want to be replicated on other computers.

For Windows XP and Windows 2003, install the Sysprep files on the reference computer. Copy the support\tools\deploy.cab file from your Windows XP installation disk or service pack to the C:\sysprep\deploy.cab file on the source computer.

See Configuring the Sysprep imaging

Step 3

Create a client job for the deployment tasks in the console

To create a client job, right-click on the Deployment and Migration folder and select New > Client Job menu. By default, a job of the name New Client Job is created that you can rename appropriately.

Navigate to the Manage > Jobs and Tasks menu of the console and create a client job for the Deployment and Migration folder.

To create a client job, right-click on the Deployment and Migration folder and select New > Client Job menu. By default, a job of the name New Client Job is created that you can rename appropriately.

Step 4

Execute the Prepare for Image capture task

Run the Prepare for Image capture task if you want to perform Sysprep imaging and use the Include DeployAnywhere for hardware independent imaging option for the Deploy Image task. The Prepare for Image capture task ensures that the captured image does not contain any hardware-dependent data. You can then deploy a hardware independent image on other computers.

If you deploy a disk image using the Include DeployAnywhere for hardware independent imaging option and you have not performed the Prepare for Image capture task, the client computer image gets corrupted.

See Configuring the Sysprep imaging

See Preparing to capture an image

Step 5

Create an image of the client computer

Run the Create Image task to create the disk image of the reference computer.

You can either run the task immediately by using the Quick Run option of the task that you have saved or you can schedule the task to run later on the reference computer.

See Creating a Windows image

See Scheduling a deployment job or task

Following are the steps that you must follow to deploy a Windows image on a client computer:

Table: Process for deploying an image of a Windows client computer

Step

Action

Description

Step 1

Launch the Console

Launch the Symantec Management Console.

You can launch the console either from the Start menu of the Notification Server computer or from any computer of the network. To access the console from a different computer, you must type the following:

http://<IP address of NS>/altiris/console

Step 2

Boot the client computer to Automation environment

Boot the client computer to Automation environment using the Boot To task.

See Creating a Boot To task

Step 3

Create a client job for the deployment tasks in the console

To create a client job, right-click on the Deployment and Migration folder and select New > Client Job menu. By default, a job of the name New Client Job is created that you can rename appropriately.

Navigate to the Manage > Jobs and Tasks menu of the console and create a client job for the Deployment and Migration folder.

To create a client job, right-click on the Deployment and Migration folder and select New > Client Job menu. By default, a job of the name New Client Job is created that you can rename appropriately.

Step 4

Deploy the image on the client computer

Create a Deploy Image task for the target client computers.

You can specify the Sysprep-enabled image that you captured to be deployed on the target client computers.

You can either execute the task immediately by using the Quick Run option of the task that you have saved or you can schedule the task to be executed later on the reference computer.

See Deploying a Windows image

See Scheduling a deployment job or task

Step 5

Boot the client computer to Production environment

Boot the client computer to production environment using the Boot To task.

See Creating a Boot To task