Image Factory Automation

Another Great Post From Mr. Garner, MDT Genius Extraordinaire.

Keith's Consulting Blog

One area where MDT Litetouch excels is with Image Creation. I know of several groups within Microsoft (including Microsoft Consulting) who recommend using MDT LiteTouch to create images, even if those images are eventually used within SCCM OSD (Operating System Deployment).

Background

Back in the Windows XP days, the OS came with it’s own proprietary installation system. Say you spent some time getting XP updated to the latest Service Pack, along with all the necessary security updates, and the latest version of Office. You might want to take a snapshot (or checkpoint) of this reference disk (Image) to reload on other machines. That’s where Sysprep and 3rd party products like Ghost came to the picture.

Starting with Windows Vista, Microsoft started distributing the OS using a new file archival format: Windows Imaging Format (*.wim files). *.wim files are compressed archives with space to store extra metadata. It’s also intelligent to…

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