The first step is always crucial for all the processes. That's how the first step of imaging a disk for OS deployment is. 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, 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. This WinPE component can be stored within a media (USB, ISO, PXE).
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.
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 incompatible errors.
You can set the image compression level, which will minimize the size of the image and reduce the image storage space.
You can select the memory usage level for the imaging process. This ensures that the available memory is used based on the requirements.
During the process of imaging, drivers are automatically collected from the imaging machine and stored in the configured driver repository, a network share.