PC imaging software

Imaging computers using modern techniques

Imaging computers on a network using a PC imaging software is crucial for OS deployment. Administrators must image a computer and 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.

What does imaging a computer mean?

Computer imaging is the process of creating an image of an Operating System from a suitable computer. Once the admin sets up a master computer with the required operating system, they can easily perform imaging using our desktop imaging techniques. OS Deployer, our computer image software supports both online and offline imaging modes to image a computer. Once the imaging the PC 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 created by our computer imaging software can either be deployed on a new bare metal computer or a computer with a corrupted OS.

Types of computer imaging

Online imaging:

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.

Offline imaging:

Administrators can use our computer image software 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.

Key features of computer imaging software

PC imaging software - ManageEngine OS Deployer

Image computers using disk partitions

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.

Shrink partitions during PC imaging

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.

Compression level adjustment

You can adjust the image compression level according to your requirements, thereby minimizing the size of the image and optimizing the image storage space.

Customized memory usage

You can customize the memory usage level during the PC imaging process. This ensures optimal memory usage based on the requirements of the organization.

Automated driver collection while imaging computers

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is computer imaging?

Computer imaging or disk imaging is the process of capturing the OS images of the target computers using a computer imaging system which then can be distributed to other computers in your network.

2. Can I image Windows 10 operating system?

Yes, OS Deployer supports imaging computers that have Windows operating systems ranging from Windows XP to Windows 11. We support imaging computers that have both client-based as well as server-based operating systems.

3. How to image computers on a network?

We can image a computer on a network using our online imaging feature. You can image computers that are online with applications running.

4. How to image machines that are not functioning?

OS Deployer allows imaging a pc that is in standby mode or even comuters that are completely shut down using our offline imaging feature.

5. How many times can I deploy an image to a computer?

OS Deployer works on a device-based licensing model. Once a particular computer is tied up to a license, we can deploy images any number of times to that particular computer.

6. What is a computer image?

A computer image is a file that contains the operating system, user profiles, applications, drivers, settings, files, and folders using a computer imaging solution. This file created by imaging a computer can then be deployed to multiple computers simultaneously.

7. Can I shrink the disk partitions before imaging?

Yes. We can shrink the images if the target disk size is less than the image size.

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