The first step of disk imaging for OS deployment is crucial. 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. 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, which OS Deployer does in a few simple steps.
Once the admin sets up a master computer with the required operating system, they can easily perform disk imaging using the techniques listed below. 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 disk imaging, and the user on the system can continue to work without suspending any operations.
Administrators can use this method to image a system in the network that is shut down. When this method is used, the system is booted into the Windows pre-installation environment, and disk imaging is performed using the WinPE component. This WinPE component can be stored within bootable media (USB, ISO, PXE).
Disk partition based imaging: You can create an image of a single partition, multiple partitions, or an entire disk based on your requirements. You can also use this technique to take a backup of a system before performing migration, or when the system is corrupted due to technical issues.
Ability to shrink partitions: By shrinking the disk partitions, you can reduce the space occupied by the primary partitions and logical drivers. This also helps to eliminate the disk size incompatiblility errors.
Setting image compression level: You can set the image compression level, which will minimize the size of the image and reduce the image storage space.
Allocating memory usage: You can select the memory usage level for the imaging process. This ensures that the available memory is used based on the requirements.
Automatic collection of drivers from the imaging machine: During the process of disk imaging, drivers are automatically collected from the imaging machine and stored in the configured driver repository, a network share.