Centralized Disk OS Imaging

OS Imaging is a process by which the OS Deployer captures/grabs an image of the OS from a desired system. This image is stored at an image repositor i.e. a network share , to be used at a later date as needed. The OS Image can be deployed on either a new PC (bare-metal) or a PC with a corrupted OS. OS Imaging comes with an array of benefits. However, the first and foremost among them would be the ease of operation. IT administrators can easily take the OS images and get them deployed on new PCs in a centralized way. This also helps Network Managers to standardize OS across the organization. Saving time and engagement of lesser number of resources is an added advantage.

OS Imaging Features

ManageEngine OS Deployer supports the following advanced features while creating an image an OS from a PC:

  1. OS Deployer can capture Online and Offline images from Live and Shutdown computers respectively.
  2. OS Deployer can create an image of single/several partitions, an entire single or several hard disks.
  3. Images can be stored in an image reporsitory with access to required computers.
  4. Compression Level: The image size can be minimized by setting a high compression ratio
  5. Memory Usage: The memory usage during imaging can be optimised according to the requirement. 
  6. Stop/ Pause imaging: Imaging process can be paused or stopped if needed. 

Online Imaging

While performing Online imaging, the master system is imaged live (without reboot or suspending operations). You can remotely perform Online Imaging whenever needed.

Offline Imaging

In Offline imaging, the master system is stopped and the master computer boots into PE environment. Basically it is the imaging of the OS of a computer that is actually shutdown.