Computer imaging is the process of creating an image of an Operating System from a suitable computer. Thus, imaging computers on a network using a PC imaging software is crucial for OS deployment. Administrators must provide a proper OS to users' computers without disturbing the systems' functionalities. In order to deploy an OS, the admin has to capture an image of the system containing the required OS using a computer imaging software. This imaging process is essentially a way to copy the OS from the master system to distribute it to other target computers. Automating this process is beneficial for the IT team, and OS Deployer does so in a few simple steps.
Once the admin sets up a master computer with the required operating system, they can easily perform imaging using the provided techniques. OS Deployer supports both online and offline imaging modes to image a computer. Once the imaging is complete, the images can be stored in the configured image repository, a network share, where they can be used for deployment when needed. These images can either be deployed on a new bare metal computer or a computer with a corrupted OS.
This method allows administrators to capture the image of a system when it is live and functioning in the network. This method doesn't require a system reboot to perform imaging, and the user on the system can continue to work without suspending any operations.
Administrators can use this method to image a system which is not functioning in the network; that is, when the system is shut down. Over here, the system is booted into the Windows pre-installation environment, and imaging is performed using the WinPE component. OS Deployers allows this WinPE component to be stored within a media which can be USB, ISO, or PXE.
OS Deployer allows imaging computers with only a single partition, multiple partitions, or an entire disk based on the organizational needs. This feature can also be used to create a backup of a computer in case of a migration or system corruption.
OS Deployer allows shrinking the disk partitions to minimize the space occupied by the primary partitions and logical drivers. This also helps users to avoid the disk size incompatibility errors.
You can adjust the image compression level according to your requirements, thereby minimizing the size of the image and optimizing the image storage space.
You can customize the memory usage level during the PC imaging process. This ensures optimal memory usage based on the requirements of the organization.
During the process of imaging computers, the drivers are automatically collected from the computer that is imaged.The drivers are then stored in the designated driver repository that is configured in a network share.