Customizing Image Deployment by creating deployment templates

Every organisation has its own user and department needs. For each department the administrator would want to provide a specific OS with a particular set of applications and this requirement will vary accordingly. You can customize the captured image by creating deployment templates, where you can select the disk partitions, configure the settings to be performed after successful deployment and define the computer settings like adding computer under domain, adding user accounts, installing applications to the target computers etc., 

Scenario:

  1. For administrators working in hospitals, you might have various departments like radiology, pharmaceutical, biotechnology etc., you can customize deployment for each department by creating different deployment templates.
  2. For administrators working in school/college, for each department students you can create different deployment templates. Say you have created a deployment template for Science students, whenever a new student joins, you can use the created deployment template

Steps to create deployment templates

The templates creation involves the following steps,

Configuring Template Details

  1. Under Images, select Deployment template under Customize Deployment.
  2. Select Create Deployment Template
  3. Specify a unique name for the template
  4. Select the captured image which you want to customize. You will be able to view the list of images in the repository, select the image which you want to customize.
  5. Once the image is selected, prefer between completely erasing the target computers' partition or add / overwrite an existing partition. If you choose to add / overwrite a partition ensure to Modify Partition Settings and specify the exact partition number (if you want to overwrite a partition.)
  6. Select the partitions which you want to deploy from the available disk partitions in the captured image.
  7. Specify the target hard disk/BIOS number where you want to deploy the image. To find the hard disk's number follow the steps given below,
    • Open command prompt
    • Execute the command "diskpart". 
    • Execute the command "list disk". View the hard disk details and specify the target disk number to deploy image.
  8. Now, choose to enable or disable the disk adjustment settings. Enabling the disk adjustment option will automatically extend the data partitions by utilizing the un-allocated space in the target disk.
  9. Note: While extending the data partitions, the system partition cannot be extended and the other partitions will be adjusted accordingly. Also, while converting MBR to GPT the conversion might not be supported in older operating systems. Using GPT conversion in such cases, will have the "System reserved" partition formatted to "FAT32". After formatting, if the partition size is less than 100 MB, this shall be resized to 100 MB by allocating the size from the OS drive. (The drive in which the OS is installed shall be shrunk accordingly).

Post Deployment activities

While customising the image for deployment you can configure some actions to be performed after deployment. Refer this document to know more about the post deployment activities.

After customizing the image for deployment, the next step is to deploy the image on target computers. Refer this document to know about how to deploy images.